15th Annual Fall For Dance Festival

Fall for Dance is a New York institution. Each October, New York City Center opens its doors and welcomes audiences with programs that include premieres and classics by some of the dance world's most well-known dancers and companies. If you're going to be in NY this fall, we suggest jumping online to purchase tickets right at 11am this Sunday - they're only $15, and they sell out quickly!

The festival began 15 years ago, and has long been a celebrated part of dance culture in the city. The first season boasted works by companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. The high caliber of work has continued to be upheld for the last 15 seasons, as the festival has presented 165 different companies to 200,000 viewers. Dancers and dance-lovers alike look forward to Fall for Dance as an affordable way to see some of their favorite performers.

This year is no different - the fifteenth anniversary celebration (which runs from October 1 - 13) will have five different programs, including six world premieres. Here's a taste of what's on the bill:

  • "Dances of Isadora," a tribute to Isadora Duncan danced by Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet principal
  • A premiere by Justin Peck, danced by the choreographer and Miami City Ballet's former ballerina Patricia Delgado, with music by The National
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Pam Tanowitz Dance, performing "New Work for Goldberg Variations"
  • A premiere by Sonya Tayeh
  • A premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, set on Dance Theater of Harlem
  • A hip-hop adaptation of "Petrushka" by Jennifer Weber, performed by Lil Buck and NYCB dancer Tiler Peck
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

About the author

Anne Luben has performed works by notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Jiri Kylian, Idan Cohen, Alex Ketley, and Summer Lee Rhatigan, among others.