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Ballet Essentials

Mondays at 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM

All participants will be required to show in-person proof of vaccination as well as provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before the workshop, for entry to Ballet Essentials. Please see below for our comprehensive health and safety protocols. 

Experience New York City Ballet in a brand new way in these 75-minute movement workshops for teens and adults with little or no dance training.

NYCB dancers lead participants through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by repertory in the current season. Workshops also include a brief Q&A with the artists. With an ever-changing roster of dancers and repertory, no two Ballet Essentials are the same. Stretch your mind and body at these one-of-a-kind workshops led by some of your favorite dancers.

Looking for a virtual experience? Visit the Ballet Essentials Online page.


Dancer instructors for each Ballet Essentials will be announced here the week before each workshop takes place. Instructors are subject to change.


$32 per person

Please note that due to the structure of this event, no late entry is permitted once the workshop has started.


Clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes are optional.


New York City Ballet Rehearsal Studios
Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 7th Floor
165 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam

Your Safety

We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to NYCB’s Rehearsal Studios in the Samuel B. & David Rose Building (the “Studios”) for in-person events. New York City Ballet remains deeply committed to the health and safety of our visitors, artists, and staff. In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and local governments, the Company has put in place preventative measures to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

With safety at the forefront, New York City Ballet will be implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for all visitors and employees 12 years of age and over. All visitors 12 and over must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show in-person proof of vaccination authorized by the FDA or WHO, against COVID-19 upon entering the Studios. Due to the intimate nature of our Ballet Essentials Workshops and the close interaction between guests and Company artists, all visitors must also provide proof of a negative PCR test, performed by a medical provider, taken no more than 72 hours before your visit. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test. As a further tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, NYCB will require proper mask usage for all patrons, regardless of age or vaccination status, at all Education events in the Studios.

Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of your visit, additional safety protocols may include: a contact tracing survey, limitations on belongings in the Studios, assigned entry times, contactless temperature check, social distancing, and more. Please check back here for updates on our complete and most up-to-date protocol, which is subject to change.

NYCB's Public Programs are generously sponsored by The Travelers Companies, Inc.

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