It's Almost Time to Fall for Dance

If you have friends who aren't really sure about this whole dance thing, you take them to a Fall for Dance performance. The annual NYC festival—celebrating its 10th birthday this year!—puts together deliciously appetizing samplers of all different styles of dance, from hardcore ballet to hardcore tap. Everyone's pretty much guaranteed to find something they connect to. Oh—and tickets are just $15.

This year's Fall for Dance programs were just announced, and they're pretty spectacular. Kicking off with two free performances hosted by the Public Theater at Central Park's outdoor Delacorte Theater (September 16-17), the festival will then settle into New York City Center for two weeks of shows (September 25-October 5) featuring 20 companies from around the world. The popular Lounge FFD, which transforms the atrium next to City Center into a party-ready food/drink/dance venue, will also be back this year.

The complete lineup is below. Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 11 am. As usual, they're sure to sell out pretty much instantly, so mark your calendars!

Delacorte Theater Performances

New York City Ballet: Red Angels (1994) by Ulysses Dove

Paul Taylor Dance Company: Esplanade (1975) by Paul Taylor

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: Upside Down (1998)  by Ronald K. Brown

Streb Extreme Action Company: Human Fountain (2011) by Elizabeth Streb

Program 1

Richard Alston Dance Company: The Devil in the Detail (2006) by Richard Alston

Gabriel Missé and Analía Centurión

Sara Mearns and Casey Herd: festival commission by Justin Peck

DanceBrazil: Fé do Sertão (2013) by Jelon Vieira

Program 2

Nrityagram: Vibhakta (2008) by Surupa Sen

605 Collective: Selected Play (2013) by various choreographers

HeadSpaceDance: Light Beings (2012) by Mats Ek

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Gloria (2012 by Robert Garland

Program 3

American Ballet Theatre: The Moor's Pavane (1949) by José Limón

Colin Dunne: The Turn (2013) by Colin Dunne

Ballet Hispanico: Sombrerisimo (festival commission) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Introdans: Sinfonia India (1984) by Nacho Duato

Program 4

Dorrance Dance: SOUNDspace (2013) by Michelle Dorrance

Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc.: Mo(or)town/Redux (2012), Doug Elkins

The Royal Ballet: festival commission by Liam Scarlett

Program 5

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler's Wells London: Faun (2009) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

BODYTRAFFIC: o2JOY (2012) by Richard Siegal

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Black Swan Pas de Deux

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Home (2011) by Rennie Harris

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