Spotlight: Fall For Dance Festival

by Allison Durkee | 7/10/2017 5:34 PM

New York City is home to some of the best dance performances in the world, whether from choreographers and companies based in the city or touring companies from around the world. Next month, dance lovers can see many of these world-class performances in one spot, thanks to the annual Fall for Dance Festival, which celebrates its thirteenth anniversary this year at City Center from September 26 – October 8.

The Fall for Dance Festival “began with the goal of introducing new audiences to the power of dance," said New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler. Bringing together companies and choreographers from all over the world, Fall for Dance has featured over 200 companies since its inception; this year’s festival will feature work by 20 companies and artists over the span of five evening programs. And don’t worry, seeing these world-class performances won’t break the bank—all tickets are just $15.

Fall for Dance

The highlight of this year’s festival will be two pieces specifically commissioned by City Center for Fall for Dance. AIRSLICE, a new piece by the boundary-pushing company STREB Extreme Action, will reimagine choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s choreographic structures to explore the relationship between architecture and her “action hero” dancers. Premiering in the festival’s fifth program will be a new work by renowned British choreographer Wayne MacGregor for two bona fide ballet stars: Italian prima ballerina Alessandra Ferri and ABT principal Herman Cornejo.

But these are far from the only can’t-miss performances at this year’s festival. The festival will also include the US premiere of a tango-inspired pas de deux by former NYCB principal Wendy Whelan and Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s iconic piece Cry; a performance of Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II by American Ballet Theatre; and performances by such international companies as Hong Kong Ballet, Royal Ballet Flanders, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Brazil-based company Grupo Corpo. The festival will also represent a diverse array of dance styles, including works by flamenco superstar Farruquito, street dance company CCN de la Rochelle/Cie Accrorap, and the virtuosic tap dancer Ayodele Casel, whose unmissable piece While I Have the Floor honors the talented female dancers who have come before.

Tickets for this year’s Fall for Dance Festival will go on sale September 10 at 11am, and are sure to go quickly—click here for more ticketing information to make sure you don’t miss out. For more information about Fall for Dance, visit