Appropriate for all ages

These 90-minute panel discussions will reveal how dancers, composers, and choreographers prepare for performances, from their years of training, through hours of rehearsals and finally, performances on the stage. Other collaborative artists may also speak about their designs for lighting, costumes, and scenery. Seminars are a unique opportunity to hear about the creative process and daily experiences of the artists of New York City Ballet.

$15 per person
Free for New York City Ballet Donors

David H. Koch Theater
Enter via Lobby
West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue

2015-16 Season Events

Monday, Oct 5 at 6 PM

Broadway is no stranger to the NYCB stage with ballets such as Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, among other theatrical dances, in our repertory. With this event, we welcome back Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild, who recently closed the Broadway revival of On the Town, where she created the role of Ivy Smith. She will be joined by two of our ballerinas who also made their Broadway debuts in the production: Principal Dancer Sara Mearns and Soloist Georgina Pazcoguin. Moderator Joan Quatrano will lead the discussion as they compare and contrast their preparation for the show, the audition process, their fitness routines, experiences with Broadway colleagues, and returning to the ballet.

Monday, Jan 25 at 6 PM

Join us for a conversation with some of our youngest Company members. Panelists, including Soloist Megan LeCrone and Corps de Ballet Members Harrison Coll, Cameron Dieck, Unity Phelan, and Indiana Woodward, will discuss their earliest inspirations, the roads they traveled to become professional dancers, and their experiences dancing featured roles. Moderated by Joan Quatrano, Managing Director of Volunteer and Programmatic Services.

Monday, Feb 22 at 6 PM

Balanchine famously said, "the music comes first," and the compositions the New York City Ballet pianists play, as soloists and orchestra members, are often complex, requiring great skill and emotional nuance. Our pianists play for rehearsals in the practice studios and as soloists in performances, occasionally even appearing onstage with our dancers. Come discover the individual backgrounds, professional experiences, and personal achievements of our impressively talented pianists, who make music come alive for dancers and audiences alike. 

Panelists: Principal Pianist Cameron Grant and Solo Pianists Elaine Chelton, Nancy McDill, and Alan Moverman

Moderator: Joan Quatrano, Managing Director of Volunteer and  Programmatic Services

Monday, May 2 at 6 PM
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Discover the rehearsal process through a new lens in this conversation with the ballet masters of NYCB. These artists stage each ballet, both newly created and long revered, ensuring our unparalleled repertory will endure for years to come. Not only do they have the great responsibility of teaching choreography but they also bestow the essence of the choreographer’s intentions, sometimes sharing anecdotes and personal experiences from their own performance careers.

Panelists: Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Glenn Keenan, Christine Redpath, Jonathan Stafford, and Kathleen Tracy

Moderator: Joan Quatrano, Managing Director of Volunteer and Programmatic Services

Monday, May 9 at 6 PM
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The New York City Ballet Orchestra holds special status among performing arts institutions across the globe, playing the most diverse musical repertory in the world, particularly more Stravinsky compositions than any other orchestra. The Company’s emphasis on the creation of new ballets has also yielded numerous commissioned scores, which provides excitement and challenges alike for our musicians and new frontiers for audiences as we introduce this contemporary music. Music Director Andrew Litton leads the charge, ensuring that the NYCB Orchestra remains in unrivaled form as he oversees the hiring of players, the rehearsal process, and the high quality of our performances. Join Maestro Litton for an in-depth discussion as we delve into his career as a pianist and conductor and his future plans for our Orchestra and its performances.

New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the special cooperation of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Photo © Erin Baiano