Ballet Essentials Workshop Weekend

Four-Day Ballet Experiences for Adults Ages 21+

As New York City Ballet continues to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, and the community at large, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Ballet Essentials Workshop Weekends on JUN 4-7 and JUN 11-14, 2020 due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Explore and refine your ballet abilities with one of NYCB’s Ballet Essentials Workshop Weekends. Designed for adults with beginner to advanced beginner ballet experience, each four-day workshop will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to train exclusively with NYCB. You’ll gain insights on technique and learn choreography from your favorite NYCB works.  All workshops will be led by NYCB dancers and artistic staff, and feature accompaniment by company pianists.

Every day will begin with an extensive warm-up or company class designed to prepare you for the dance-filled day ahead.  Participants will then be divided into two groups according to level where they will learn NYCB-inspired choreography specially-tailored to their experience with ballet.  In addition to repertory workshops, participants will observe an exclusive in-studio lecture demonstration featuring NYCB Company members, take a Pilates class designed for ballet dancers, tour NYCB’s theater at Lincoln Center, and have other special behind the scenes experiences. 

Each weekend will culminate with the chance to perform for an invited audience of family and friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the dancers you have admired onstage and bond with your fellow ballet fans. Invigorate your passion for ballet with this one-of-a-kind opportunity.


Full Schedule

Thursday from 6 – 8:30 PM
Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM

Sample Daily Schedule

10 – 11:30 AM                Ballet Technique Class
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM    Theater Tour
12:30 – 1:15 PM             Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:15 PM               Intro to Balanchine Workshop
2:30 – 3 PM                    Intro to Robbins Workshop
3:15 – 4 PM                    Dancer Q & A Session
4:15 – 5 PM                    Pilates Mat Class

Participating NYCB Dancers will be announced at a later date.

Requirements: Participants must be 21 years or older to enroll and should have at least beginner to advanced beginner ballet experience. No audition required. These workshops will require that you are able to dance for up to 4 hours with only brief breaks in between. All participants must have paid in full, agreed to the terms and conditions, and signed liability release forms by May 28, 2020.

Tickets: $750 for the four-day workshop weekend. Tickets are non-refundable.

Please note: For this event, we ask that you only place one registration per order. If you wish to purchase multiple tickets for attendees other than yourself, we encourage you to create an account for each attendee so we can follow up with each participant directly.

In an effort to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate in this event, we kindly ask that you only register for one weekend of programming.

For more information about the 2020 Ballet Essentials Workshop Weekends, please contact the Education office at