Season & Tickets

There Is Only Now.
—George Balanchine

The ballet – as our founder George Balanchine liked to say – only exists “right now.” While this powerful metaphor of art as a continuously unfolding present reminds us that dance is staged by living people before a live audience, it is also about the vibrant immediacy of dance and the joy that it affords.

To be swept up in the emotionally charged combination of motion giving shape to live music. And to allow ourselves to be wholly transported from our daily lives and the unrelenting buzz of constant distraction.

Whatever a dance was yesterday or will become tomorrow, the opportunity to experience what it is right now is fleeting. This makes it all the more imperative we seize the moment. Whether we come to see how the Company’s remarkable talent of today interprets our classics. Or when we go to the premiere of the innovative new works only now being created.

As we contemplate the 112 performances ahead of us this season, we very much hope that you will join us. That you will seize the moment. Because “there is only now.”

Season Highlights


Plan ahead and save: Create-Your-Own Series subscriptions for the 2016-17 season are available online or by phone at 212-496-0600. Special rates for groups are also available.

Our annual holiday run of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® opens on November 25 and runs through December 31. Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 18 at 12 PM EDT.

Off stage, we also offer a wide array Public Programs for both children and adults that will enhance and enrich your New York City Ballet experience.