Dance Performances for Kids in NYC in December

Dance Performances for Kids in NYC in December

Whether you want to see professionals perform or you want cheer on young dancers, we've gathered the best dance performances in NYC in December.

Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts
WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Thursday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: An annual performance featuring choreography by Amy Hall Gardner, David Dorfman, Adrienne Truscott, and modern dance legend Merce Cunningham.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 students. 212-691-6500. newyorklivearts.org.

Twyla Tharp Family Matinee
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2pm
WHERE: The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., Chelsea, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A rare opportunity to see an acclaimed artist and her innovative style. The Joyce Family Matinee Series makes serious dance seriously fun with welcome packets for all kids and the opportunity to meet a few of the artists after the performance.
WANT TO GO? $26 and up; $10 children ages 6-14. 212-691-9740. joyce.org.

'The Little Dancer: A Holiday Family Musical'
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Theatre 71, 152 W. 71st St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The heartwarming story of how a young girl became most famous ballerina in the world. Ages 6 and older.
WANT TO GO? $49.50-$59.50. 215-849-1762. thelittledancermusical.org.

New York City Ballet Behind the Magic
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This new onstage program will feature performance excerpts from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, demonstrations, and the opportunity to hear interviews with the artists who make NYC Ballet’s magical production possible.
WANT TO GO? $20. 212-496-0600. nycballet.com.

Dances Patrelle Presents 'The Yorkville Nutcracker'
WHEN: Dec. 6 - 9, Thursday and Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: The Kaye Playhouse, 695 Park Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: The Yorkville Nutcracker provides an opportunity for young dancers to dance alongside professional artists.
WANT TO GO? $65. 646-765-4773. dancespatrelle.org.

Open House FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 6, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Ballet Academy East , 1651 Third Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: A free 45-minute open ballet class with staff available to answer questions. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 212-410-9140. baenyc.com.

Graham 2 Appalachian Spring Holiday Event
WHEN: Dec. 8 - 9, Saturday, 1pm and 6pm; Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St., West Village, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: For the Saturday family matinee there will be Americana crafts, snacks, and a chance to try some of the moves from the dance and be photographed with the dancers.
WANT TO GO? $20-$45. 212-229-9200. marthagraham.org.

Brooklyn Irish Dance Company Presents 'A Celtic Christmas Story'
WHEN: Dec. 17 - 18, Monday-Tuesday, 7pm
WHERE: Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place, East Village, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: A Celtic Christmas Story is the premiere production from Brooklyn Irish Dance Company, a women-owned and -operated business that features performers from companies including Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Fyre.
WANT TO GO? $35.50. 631-375-3575. brooklynirishdancecompany.org.

'Nut/Cracked'
WHEN: Dec. 20 - 22, Thursday-Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 3pm
WHERE: The Flea, 20 Thomas St., Tribeca, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score as played traditionally, and in versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, the show's dance styles range from classical to tap to disco.
WANT TO GO? $35-$55. 212-226-0051. thebanggroup.com.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Your Favorite Men in Tights!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 22, 3pm
WHERE: The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., Chelsea, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Another round of brilliant pointe work and hilarious parodying of ballet classics by your favorite men in tights, The Trocks.
WANT TO GO? $26 and up; $10 for children ages 5-14 with accompanying adult. 212-242-0800. joyce.org.

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