Yes, dance is all over television these days (Hi, "SYT"! Hi, "DWTS"! Hi, J. Lo's new show! Hi, Jenna Dewan-Tatum's new show! Hi, Tricia Miranda's new show!). But world-class ballet? World-class ballet is decidedly not all over television these days. And fans of the U.S.'s top ballet companies have even been disappointed by the recent spate of ballet simulcasts in movie theaters, which have predominantly featured Russian and British companies.
That's why we're so stupid excited that a New York City Ballet performance will air on PBS this winter. The program is actually a recording of one of the performances the company gave in Paris last summer—and it's a fabulous lineup, highlighting ballets by George Balanchine set to works by French composers.
Yup, this is happening! (Inset: New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns and Ask la Cour in Walpurgisnacht Ballet. Photo by Paul Kolnik.)
So, what exactly will we be seeing? The sweeping Walpurgisnacht Ballet, with Sara Mearns and Lauren Lovette in the leading roles; Sonatine, an elegant pas de deux starring Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz; the epic Symphony in C, with a showstopping cast including Tiler Peck, Teresa Reichlen and Taylor Stanley; and La Valse, an eerie, seductive ballet featuring Sterling Hyltin, Jared Angle and Amar Ramasar.
TL;DR version: It's gonna be good, guys. Set your DVRs for February 17 and February 24 at 9 pm (check your local listings to be doubly sure of air times).