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Over the 21-22 Season, New York City Ballet will bid adieu to six principal dancers who have amused and enthralled scores of audiences in recent decades.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating Abi Stafford (SEPT 26), Lauren Lovette (OCT 9 mat), Ask la Cour (OCT 9 eve), Maria Kowroski (OCT 17), Gonzalo Garcia (FEB 27), and Amar Ramasar (MAY 29). Due to expected high demand, orders for Maria Kowroski's farewell are limited to two tickets per household.

The Stafford, Lovette, la Cour, Garcia, and Ramasar farewells are available on flex subscription packages, and all six farewells are available for single ticket purchases, on sale now.


Opus 19/The Dreamer (Prokofiev/Robbins)
Russian Seasons (Desyatnikov/Ratmansky)

Admired for her dazzling technique and sincere artistry in a vast array of Balanchine works and premieres, Abi Stafford will bid farewell to the NYCB stage after 21 years with the Company, 14 as a principal dancer. Abi will fittingly take her final curtain call in the first of her many collaborations with Alexei Ratmansky, which was also his first ballet for NYCB.

Abi is scheduled to appear in Russian Seasons.

OCT 9 mat

Opus 19/The Dreamer (Prokofiev/Robbins)
Serenade (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine)

A Company member since 2010, Lauren Lovette spellbinds with her bright and generous performances across a variety of NYCB’s repertory and has more recently inspired audience members and colleagues alike with her own choreography, crafting three memorable works for the Company. While she intends to continue dancing, Lauren will depart New York City Ballet to focus on her creative pursuits following this special performance.

Lauren is scheduled to appear in both Opus 19/The Dreamer and Serenade.

OCT 9 eve

Monumentum pro Gesualdo (Stravinsky/Balanchine)
Movements for Piano and Orchestra (Stravinsky/Balanchine)
Rotunda (Muhly/Peck)
Chaconne (Gluck)
After the Rain Pas de Deux (Pärt/Wheeldon)

Since making the leap from Denmark into the ranks of NYCB in 2002, Principal Dancer Ask la Cour has spent almost two decades impressing audiences with his heartfelt drama and unassuming presence, ever a generous partner to his ballerinas. Join us in applauding Ask as he takes his final bow with New York City Ballet.

Ask is scheduled to appear in Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and After the Rain Pas de Deux.

OCT 17

Program to be announced

In a career spanning over 25 years, Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski has contributed innumerable performances of beauty and grace to a remarkable swathe of the Company’s classical and contemporary repertory. Maria bids adieu to NYCB’s audience with a special one-time-only program that is sure to be an unforgettable occasion.

FEB 27

Program to be announced

NYCB Principal Dancer Gonzalo Garcia joined the Company in 2007 after dancing with San Francisco Ballet, swiftly endearing himself to New York City audiences with his virtuosic technique and soulful drama in a slew of Balanchine roles and contemporary premieres. The Company honors Gonzalo with a one-time-only program as he takes his leave from New York City Ballet’s roster.

MAY 29

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn/Balanchine)

Born in the Bronx, Principal Dancer Amar Ramasar has become a hometown favorite since joining the Company in 2000, and his dynamic and passionate performances have transported audiences through countless repertory and original roles over the years. Join us for Amar’s farewell in the final program of the season: Balanchine’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream.