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Fall for Dance Festival

New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.


(October-November) Fall for Dance is an annual festival at New York’s City Center that was established in 2004 to introduce audiences to the wide variety of dance that exists around the country and the world. Showcasing different dance performances every evening, the festival lasts for ten days and features large established companies like Alvin Ailey and American Ballet Theater along with smaller and edgier companies that often don’t get the same kind of exposure.

The beauty of the festival is that it includes almost all dance genres, including classical and contemporary ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, tango, flamenco, and more. A powerful educational resource for audiences, Fall for Dance provides an opportunity for people to absorb and enjoy what is current in the dance scene today. With its low price, the festival attracts locals and tourists alike. Eminent companies that have performed at Fall for Dance in the past include: The Jose Limon Dance Co, Houston Ballet, Rioult Dance Theater, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, and Garth Fagan Dance.

- Michele Kadison

Fall for Dance Festival Information

  • Venue: New York City Center
  • Public Transportation: Excellent (easily accessible by subway lines N, Q, and R at 57th Street/7th Avenue; the F at 57th Street; the B, D, and E at 7th Avenue/53rd Street; and buses M5, M7, M20, M31, M57, and M104)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Programs/Performances: Multiple programs, featuring multiple companies, over ten days. Lounge FFD, featuring a DJ and drink specials, open before and after performances, at no cover; free DanceTalk panel discussions take place at City Center’s studios prior to performances
  • Tickets: $10 per performance; limited tickets are available at 6:30 for 8 p.m. performances and 1:30 for 3 p.m.
  • Memberships: City Center memberships run $75-$2,500+.