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Kickstart The Brooklyn Nutcracker!

Brooklyn Ballet has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for our 2017 production of The Brooklyn Nutcracker. Join us to make this our largest, most successful year to date!

Brooklyn Ballet creates in a spirit of inclusivity and in celebration of diverse dance styles. This is the core of our mission.  After a run of sold out performances last year, The Brooklyn Nutcracker is back, and bigger than ever before.  It is the perfect show for Brooklyn, and we hope you will become a backer. Your gift supports the creativity of our choreographers & collaborators, the excellence of the dancers, and the promise of our Youth Ensemble. Every donation (no matter what level) is deeply appreciated!  

Click here to learn more about The Brooklyn Nutcracker, and check out the exciting rewards we have to offer in exchange for becoming a backer. 

Whether you give $5, $50, $500, or more - every donation makes a difference.

Click here to donate and learn more! 


Opening Night Gala!

Join us for our Opening Night performance of the Brooklyn Nutcracker, immediately followed by a gala dinner at the elegant Maison May - a few short blocks away from the theater.

We are pleased to invite you to our Opening Night Gala of The Brooklyn Nutcracker! Tickets include premier seating to this acclaimed holiday performance, immediately followed by a sumptous dinner at Maison May - a beautiful and intimate brownstone, just a short walk from the theater. Dinner will be a specially-chosen menu of locally sourced, sustainably produced farm-to-table fine cuisine.

Tickets may be purchased here, by selecting “Performance + Gala” at checkout. 

December 7, 2017
7pm Performance at Irondale Center
8:45pm Dinner at Maison May

Irondale Center
85 S. Oxford St.
Brooklyn, NY

Maison May
246 Dekalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Questions? Contact janetcharleston@brooklynballet.org for more information. 

The Brooklyn Nutcracker is Back!

Last year's performances sold out - don't miss your chance to see this holiday sensation. Tickets on sale now!

We are thrilled to present the return of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, December 7-16, at the Irondale Center in downtown Brooklyn. Following a sold-out premiere season in 2016, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. A re-imagined holiday classic, this critically acclaimed work transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant multicultural history of Brooklyn.

Our unique collaboration with tech-based artists and designers provide audiences with a multi-sensory experience, exploring ground-breaking technology of light and motion-responsive costumes. Within moments, the digital set and backdrop transports the plot from historical old Dutch Brooklyn to the iconic Flatbush Avenue—in an homage to the county of Kings.

“The Brooklyn Nutcracker was born in 2010 on a Brooklyn street corner, a dance collaboration between a petite ballerina and a large hip-hop dancer. Passersby were mesmerized so I knew we were on to something,” explains artistic director Lynn Parkerson. “Last year’s sold-out season confirmed that Brooklynites loved seeing a holiday classic, personalized to the places they call home.”

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm*
Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 15 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm

*An opening night Gala reception at Maison May follows the performance. More information here

Three additional student performances for public schools  held on December 11, 12 and 14 at 11:30 a. m.

Prices start at $25.
Click here for tickets! 

Irondale is located at 85 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn, New York. The theater is accessible by Subway: C to Lafayette; B, D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street; and G to Fulton Street.


Brooklyn Ballet Open House!

Brooklyn Ballet welcomes new students for a day of free classes at our Downtown Brooklyn dance school, plus a Capezio pop-up shop offering 15% off all dancewear and shoes. Join us!

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 9, 10am-5pm

Children's classes free! 


10:00-10:30 — Pre-Ballet I + II (age 3 + 4 by September)

10:45-11:30 — Elementary Ballet I + II (age 5 + 6 by September) 

11:45-12:30 — Beginner Teen Ballet (ages 13-18) 

*12:30-2:00 — Ballet Conservatory IA/II Placement ages 8-12  

*2:00-3:30 — Ballet Conservatory III/IV Placement ages 13-18

4:00-5:00 — Directors meeting with Conservatory Parents & Students  

*Denotes placement class with audition fee. Pre-register to audition here

Pre-Register for Free Classes Here! 

We hope you'll join us for a chance to learn more about Brooklyn Ballet. Registration for Fall classes is open all day! 

And don't forget to visit the Capezio pop-up shop for a 15% discount on all dancewear. If you are unable to join us on September 9, you may also purchase dancwear at capezio.com. Use code BrooklynBallet15 for a 15% discount at checkout! Look here for Brooklyn Ballet dress code information. 


Above Photograph by Jennifer Davidson

Gaudium Awards 2017

Brooklyn Ballet is honored to be a beneficiary of the Gaudium Award Celebration, presented by the Breukelein Institute.

The Gaudium Award is presented by the Breukelein Institute, a non-religious, not-for-profit organization under the direction of the Brooklyn Oratory of St. Philip Neri. The Breukelein Institute is devoted to affirming, improving, and reforming the quality of life in the City of New York, and particularly the County of Kings, through the development and support of programs that foster educational, social, and recreational activities. 

This year's awards ceremonies are benefitting Brooklyn Ballet, Nazareth Housing, and The Oratory Scholarship Fund.

The awards will honor:

Farrell Evans
Sports Illustrated/ESPN golf journalist; Co-Founder, The Bridge Golf Foundation, Harlem

Bebe Neuwirth
Tony and Emmy-winning actress, dancer, singer in film, television and theatre

Garry Trudeau
Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Doonesbury, Tanner ’88, Alpha House

Carolyn Woo
Recent President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services; Dean, University of Notre Dame,
Executive VP, Purdue University


Monday, September 18, 2017
Half After Six O’Clock
The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York City

Business/Cocktail Attire

For ticket information, please email nellierainwater@brooklynballet.org.


The Brooklyn Nutcracker - Professional Audition

Brooklyn Ballet seeks male and female dancers for The Brooklyn Nutcracker. Performances are December 7-16, 2017 in downtown Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to our iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity— in essence, a Christmastime love letter to the borough we call home.

Dancers must have excellent ballet technique (pointe required), experience with partnering, musicality, and stage presence. Interested dancers will also be considered for work in our 2018 Spring Season. Please bring your headshot and resume to the audition. Rehearsals begin October 11. 

Audition date is Sept 24th 1:30-3:30.

Click HERE to register.

Meet the FIRST LOOK 2017 Choreographers!

Brooklyn Ballet welcomes 11 choreographers to the stage to premiere new work as part of the FIRST LOOK 2017 dance series.

Learn more about these talented choreographers below, and join us for a performance - July 21 & 22 at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn!

Aaron Atkins 

As an emerging choreographer, Aaron Atkins was has received the 2014 & 2015 Jamaica Performing Arts Center Emerging choreographer’s award, 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer’s Award, 2015 Lounsbery Choreography Award, was a 2015 Finalist of the Hubbard Street Choreographer Competition, 2014 & 2015 YCF Young Choreographer’s Award recipient and was an Finalist in 2013 & 2014 for the Joffrey Ballet – Choreographers of Color Award. Most recently Mr. Atkins has been commissioned for creation of new work in 2014 & 2015 by Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 2015 Earthside The Band. Atkins’s choreography has become critically acclaimed as “Beautiful, Quirky, Lush and Expansive” - Critical Dance. Mr. Atkins combines an eclectic accessible range of genres of dance to create an individual contemporary ballet esthetic that showcases each artist’s uniqueness and prowess. In 2012 Mr. Atkins Founded Ballet Inc. Since Ballet Inc.’s founding, Mr. Atkins' artistic vision and choreography has led Ballet Inc. to commendable, international credibility and ground breaking success. Broadway World called the company “Hard-hitting..Powerful..Beautiful..Sensual”. 

Mary Ellen Beaudreau

Mary Ellen Beaudreau comes with 15 years of experience as a director, dance educator, professional dancer, and choreographer. Holding a Masters in Choreography degree from the Laban Conservatoire in London, and Bachelors in Dance degree from The Juilliard School, Ms. Beaudreau worked with renowned dance companies such as San Francisco Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. As a dedicated director of children's dance programs, including Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in Long Island, NY, Mary Ellen lead programs around the world, collaborating with organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, Harlem Children’s Zone and Artists Striving to End Poverty. As a lead teaching artist with Pilobolus Dance Theatre since 2011, Mary Ellen enjoys sharing the art of dance and the creative process to thousands of children and adults. Mary Ellen Beaudreau is excited to present a new work for FIRST LOOK 2017 in collaboration with dancer/performer Roni Mahler. 

Winnie Berger

Tucson, Arizona native, Winnie Berger, began her dance training at Ballet Arts and then went on to completing a dual degree in Dance and Theology in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program cum laude in 2014. Winnie is the Artistic Director of Mook Dance Company, which came to fruition in 2014. Mook has performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Dixon Place, Green Space, the Actors Fund Arts Center, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, and more. Ms. Berger was the 2015 recipient of the Eryc Taylor New Choreographer Grant and one of her works was purchased by Fusionworks Dance Company in Lincoln, RI. She has also set pieces and taught master classes with students of Montclair High School, New York Dance, Cresskill Performing Arts Center, and American Academy of Dance and Performing Arts.  

Courtney Cochran 

Courtney Cochran was born in Sacramento, California and began her dance career at the age of 5. She spent her early ballet training at Deane Dance Center and was a member of their pre-professional company Crockett Deane Ballet. With CDB, she was chosen as an emerging choreographer at Regional Dance America's festival. Courtney attended Dominican University of California as part of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She then went on to spend two years in Dance Theatre of Harlem's Professional Training Program under the direction of Robert Garland, and most recently danced in Brooklyn Ballet's Spring Season, Roots and New Ground 2. Courtney is an aspiring choreographer and wants to use her talents for dance therapy and outreach.

Lindy Fines 

Lindy Fines is the choreographer and artistic director of GREYZONE a multi-media dance company that she formed with artist Justin Fines with the aim to further explore the intersection of dance, sound design, time-based media and the visual arts. Her work has been presented at New Dance Alliance's 30th Anniversary Performance Mix Festival at Abrons Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park as part of Norte Maar's Dance at Socrates, Mike Perry's 'Wandering Around Wondering' art space, Juri Onuki's Spacial Design at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, FLICfest at Irondale Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Flea, and Dixon Place. GREYZONE received funding from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for their work 'Drift' which included a costume collaboration with visual artist Maia Ruth Lee. Their short dance film 'Queens Duets' screened at the International Dance Film Screening (NYC), the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, the Fine Arts Film Festival Santa Barbara, and Salamanca Moves/Movies by Movers (AUS). Lindy Fines received her BFA in modern dance from the University of Oklahoma and trained on full scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. 

Leah Moriarity

Leah Moriarty is a Brooklyn-based dance artist who began her training at the Educational Center for the Arts High School in New Haven, Connecticut focusing on dance and choreography. She received her BFA in Dance at the University of Massachusetts as part of the Five College Dance Department. Since graduation, Leah has worked with choreographers Kellie Lynch, Donna Mejia, Shalewa Mackall, Ni'Ja Whitson, Souleymane Badolo and Rosangela Sylvestre. She is currently working with choreographer Joya Powell. She also works as a study abroad coordinator for ThisWorldMusic, a dance and drum intensive in Ghana. Her work has been presented at the New Haven Arts & Ideas Festival, on Martha's Vineyard, Boston College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Martha's Vineyard, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Dixon Place, Cedar Crest College and Arts On Site.

Corinne Shearer

Corinne Shearer is a freelance dancer and dance/film-maker based in Brooklyn, NY. Shearer graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Performance and a Concentration in Dance Composition. She has studied choreography under Doug Varone, Rosalind Newman, and choreography and directing under Alexandra Beller. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, The Hudson Guild Theater, and FiveMyles Gallery, among other venues.

Alaina Wilson

Alaina Wilson is a New York based choreographer, dancer, and visual artist trained in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. She graduated with a BA from Vassar College in 2016 after completing a thesis on the legacy of ancient Greek dance within contemporary performance. Throughout her time at Vassar, Wilson contributed to the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater, directed by John Meehan, as both a performer and choreographer. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Contemporary Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Her creative process is largely driven by imagery and content collected through research into art history, philosophy, Greek and Roman studies, and contemporary aesthetic theory, resulting in works the strive to reinvigorate classical forms within innovative choreographic contexts. Wilson’s work has been presented at Green Space in Queens, NY, the Burklyn Ballet Theater in Johnson, VT, the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Vassar College. 

Mei Yamanaka

Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. Mei moved to New York in 2008. Mei has worked and collaborated with artists including Tiffany Mills Company, Mark Dendy Projects, Jennifer Archibald, Katy Pyle, Patricia Noworol Dance Theater, Jody Oberfelder, Dai Jian, Palissimo, Oui Danse, Catherine Galasso, , among others. Mei's work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Under Exposed and Crossing Boundaries at Dixon Place, “Take Roots” Series at Green Space, “Collaborations in Dance Festival” and “Split Bill” Series at Triskelion Arts, Mix Festival at HERE, and more. Mei was a “Fresh Tracks” residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop(now New York Live Arts) in 2010 - 2011. She was also residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence: Cycle 1, in 2014 at Chez Bushwick.

Eryn Renee Young 

Eryn Renee Young is co-founder and resident choreographer of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a New York City-based neoclassical ballet company founded in 2010. Her choreographic work has been showcased at many venues including at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at the Paramount Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Steps on Broadway, the Moving Beauty Series, the Algonquin Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center, the Boston Conservatory, the Bart Leukede Theater at Rider University, and New York University, including a solo choreography show entitled A New Era: Elements of Dance in 2009 and another in the Gallatin Arts Festival in 2012. Her awards include selection as one of five winners of the 2015 Edward Villella Emerging Choreographers Competition at Rider University, a 2015 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant for her ballet outreach program “Project Ignite,” the 2014 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreography Grant, selection as a mentee for the 2013 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training, and selection as a choreographer for the 2013 Women in Dance Series. In 2016, Norte Maar commissioned her to create “The Edge of Sunset Gems” in collaboration with visual artist Amanda Browder for the CounterPointe series, celebrating women making work on pointe. Ms. Young holds a degree in Contemporary Ballet Choreography and Fine Art from New York University. She began choreographing in 2007 and draws inspiration from Balanchine-Stravinsky works, classical sculpture, Greek myth, Christopher Wheeldon, and William Forsythe.  

Sarah Zehnder

Sarah Zehnder, Artistic Director of Zehnder Dance, is a New York based dance artist originally from Ohio, where she began her training as a hip-hop dancer. Zehnder Dance, established in 2010, is known for commanding physicality, boldness and architectural precision, and has been produced nationwide, performing in such prestigious festivals as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Reverb International Dance Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, the MAD Festival, Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, and the Women in Dance Project (NYC and Chicago). Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Gowanus Arts, Triskelion Arts Center, 92nd Y, Greenspace, and the Center for Performance Research (CPR). Zehnder received her BS in Dance from Bowling Green State University and her MFA from SUNY Brockport. 

Peformances take place July 21-22 at The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $15, with discounts for students and seniors. 

Click here to purchase tickets! 

Meet the Musicians!

Brooklyn Ballet is thrilled to feature live music for our Roots and New Ground 2 performances, as well as an original composition by cellist Malcolm Parson.

Malcolm Parson a composer who has created 5 original scores for Brooklyn Ballet. Malcolm has performed with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Grammy-winning old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina and is currently a member of the Turtle Island Quartet. Listen to some of his music below. 

This year, Malcolm teams up again with Choreographer David Fernandez on This Dance Goes Like This, and with Lynn Parkerson for Found and Lost. He will be joined on stage by cellist Amy Kang and guitarist Gabe Schnider. 

Equally at home in both the concert hall and downtown rock venues, Amy Kang performs as a classical chamber musician as well as with hip hop artists, jazz ensembles, and singer-songwriters. She is currently the cellist in the JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band. Recent performances in 2016 have brought her around the world to Poland, Panama, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Japan. 

After falling in love with the guitar at age 10, Gabe Schnider has performed/recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Bill T. Jones, Damian Woetzel, Arturo O'Farrill, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, & Ben Folds, among others. He is a regular performer/bandleader at Jazz at Lincoln Center and has worked in New York City and beyond at venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. 

Brooklyn Ballet is also excited to be teaming up with pianist Julius Abrahams, a collaborator since 2011. After finishing graduate studies at The Juilliard School, he continues to work as staff pianist at the esteemed Juilliard's Vocal Arts Institute since 2012. He has appeared in numerous performances with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and Gil Morgenstern Reflection Series, among others. 

We can not wait to perform alongside all of these talented musicians in just two short weeks. We hope you can join us at the show! 

Tickets available here


Meet the Visual Artists!

Brooklyn Ballet is pleased to welcome visual artists Elana Herzog and Cornelia Thomsen as collaborators on our 2017 Season.

Elana Herzog's work is on view alongside Julia K. Gleich's piece Martha, and Cornelia Thomsen's visuals pair with Lynn Parkerson's Pas de Deux.

Elana Herzog is an artist who uses material culture to consider aspects of ephemerality and entropy, pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion. She has built a visual language that is both formal and evocative, and is increasingly focused on the relationship between technology and culture, the hand and the mind, the mind and the machine. Herzog finds and collects non-precious materials that are often second hand, discarded or cheaply mass produced. Herzog was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. She is a lecturer at Yale University.

Cornelia Thomsen's exploration of stripes, or color curtains, carries on the traditions of Blinky Palermo, Gene Davis, Agnes Martin and Gerhard Richter. Individual stripes are painted either uniformly or in a progression from light to dark. Stripes appear to hover above one another, revealing outward or inward cylindrical curves and creating a sense of movement. Born in Germany, Thomsen currently lives and works in Manhattan. Solo exhibitions include Leslie Feely gallery (NYC), Kashima Arts (Tokyo), German Consulate NYC, Friedrich-Froebel Museum (Germany), Erik Thomsen Gallery (NYC), among others. 

Roots & New Ground 2
June 8 at 8pm  Pre-performance reception 6:30pm
June 9 at 8pm Free Beer Friday! 
June 10 at 8pm
June 11 at 4pm Post-show Children's Reception 
June 16 at 8pm Free Beer Friday! 
June 17 at 8pm Post-show discussion with the artists
June 18 at 4pm 
The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
Start at $10 and are available for purchase here.
Come enjoy the artistry and community of Brooklyn Ballet!

Announcing our Spring Season!

Brooklyn Ballet announces its spring season, Roots & New Ground 2, sequel to its outstanding 2015 Season.

A multidisciplinary dance company rooted in ballet and dedicated to the vibrant diversity of both Brooklyn and the dance world, Brooklyn Ballet continues to present artists working in an array of movement forms. These artists dig deep - honoring traditions and exploring new connections and contexts. This season features works in ballet, urban vernacular, early tap and rural percussive, authentic jazz and modern dance; collaborations with two visual artists, a composer, and featuring live music.

With choreography by David Fernandez, Michael “Big Mike” Fields, Julia K. Gleich, Claudia Jeschke, Matthew Olwell and Lynn Parkerson.

Roots and New Ground 2 in Rehearsal from Brooklyn Ballet on Vimeo.

Roots & New Ground 2

June 8 at 8pm Includes pre-performance reception beginning at 6:30pm
June 9 at 8pm Free Beer Friday!
June 10 at 8pm
June 11 at 4pm Children's Reception following the show
June 16 at 8pm Free Beer Friday! 
June 17 at 8pm Post show discussion with the artists
June 18 at 4pm 

The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY


Start at $10 and are available for purchase here.

To view the press release click here.

Come enjoy the artistry and community of Brooklyn Ballet!

Calling Choreographers!

Applications are now open for Brooklyn Ballet's 2017 First Look program, taking place July 21-22 at The Actors Fund Arts Center.

First Look is an annual curated program of work by emerging and established dance artists presented by Brooklyn Ballet. Selected artists present work up to 12 minutes-long with full stage lighting, a technical rehearsal, technical staff and marketing support, all free of charge. First Look aims to give Brooklyn audiences a “first look” at a dance work - either a new piece or a work not yet seen in Brooklyn.

We welcome applications from emerging and established choreographers exploring new work. Works of any genre will be considered, and works in progress are welcome. Performances will take place at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Preference will be given to work showcasing creative investigation and inquiry. We look for choreographers who display thoughtfulness and curiosity about their craft.

Benefits to the Artists:

  • Fully produced dance work with stage lighting and technical staff.

  • Video footage of the work.

  • $5/hour rehearsal space at Brooklyn Ballet studio (pending availability).

  • Marketing support.

Application Requirements:

  • The work presented must be 12 minutes or less.

  • It must be a new work, or a work created within the last two years.

  • The work must not have been presented in Brooklyn within the past three months.

  • The work sample may be different than the piece you wish to present, but choreographic reels, or edited footage will not be accepted.

  • Only 1 piece per choreographer will be accepted.

Application deadline is May 25, 2017 at 11:59pm.


For further information visit brooklynballet.org/firstlook2017. For application questions, email info@brooklynballet. org.

Pictured above: Mari Meade Dance Collective in 2016's First Look by Billie Grace Ward.


Brooklyn Ballet at City Hall

Last month, on Feburary 28 Brooklyn Ballet had the honor of performing at City Hall for a Black History Month celebration.  The event was hosted by City council speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito and the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus with co chairs council members Robert Cornegy and Ritchie Torres.  Dancers Courtney Cochran, Christine Sawyer and Mike Fields performed for the esteemed audience of  about 100 attendees.

Upcoming Master Classes & Workshops

Join Brooklyn Ballet for special workshops and a master class, designed especially for Intermediate/Advanced level dancers 10-17 years old.

Contemporary Ballet Master Class with Manuel Vignoulle

February 18, 1:30-3:30pm 

More info here! 

3-Day Modern Dance Workshop with Belinda McGuire

February 22, 23, 24, 4:30-7:00pm 

More info here!

Greatness and Inspired Service

On Friday Brooklyn Ballet performed at DC 37, SSEU Local 371's Black Heritage Celebration.

The event's keynote speaker was Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis. His speech was riveting - his journey, from a family farm in segregated Alabama to becoming an American hero and moral leader, emboldens us all to stand up for fairness and to serve our communities.

Brooklyn Ballet performed two more times on Friday, at PS 276 in Canarsie and PS 251 in Flatlands. This marks our 13th year of Elevate public school dance residencies, impacting thousands of students, many going on to arts focused high schools, colleges, and professional dance careers. Monday we continue Elevate performances at PS 243 in Weeksville and PS 307 in Vinegar Hill.

We gratefully acknowledge the Sills Family Foundation for its support of Elevate and the Metz Gilmore Foundation for its support of Take Ballet to the Streets. Your generosity makes Brooklyn Ballet's outreach to our community possible.

Join our Kickstarter Campaign!

Brooklyn Ballet has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for The Brooklyn Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Museum. We have less than 30 days to reach our goal, but we can get there with your help!

Brooklyn Ballet is launching our biggest production yet, the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker at the world-renowned Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Nutcracker is a updated take on a holiday classic, with multicultural dance forms, motion-sensor costuming, a digital set-design, and over 50 children performing from Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble. Your support helps us provide choreographer and dancer fees, costume, lighting and set design, as well as rehearsal directors, coaches, and Company faculty. 

Click here to watch a video of our project, check out the unique rewards we have to offer and become a backer

We're so grateful to all of our backers so far, and hope you will join us in making this magical production come to life! 


The Brooklyn Nutcracker School Matinee

Brooklyn Ballet is offering a special performance of The Brooklyn Nutcracker for public schools!

Thursday, December 8

The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 

Tickets are only $10 per seat!

The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to our iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity— in essence, a love letter to the borough we call home.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker works together with Brooklyn’s diverse communities on a Nutcracker we can call our own.  It will be exciting for your students to see Brooklyn Ballet’s professional dancers joined by child performers, many of whom also attend the Brooklyn schools.

The performance is appropriate for all ages. 

If you are a school teacher, principal or parent who is interested in more information, email kaririess@brooklynballet.org


Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring our school matinee. 


Join us Opening Night!

Brooklyn Ballet's opening night includes a special pre-performance dinner with menu by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton at Brooklyn Museum's newly opened restaurant, The Norm.

December 7 at 6:00pm 

Celebrate with us! The delicious seasonal menu includes:

    Bombay Snack Mix
    Crispy Legumes, Coconut, Cilantro, Red Onion & Lime
    Not The Norm Caesar
    Gem Lettuce, Hand-torn Croutons, Anchovy & Parmesan

    Aged Ribeye
    Smoked Japanese Turnip, Sweet Peas & Braised Short Rib Cannelloni


Mushroom Pastilla
Rainbow Swiss Chard, Chickpeas, Harissa


Chef's Selection of Petits Fours


The meal is followed by the performance of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, an innovative and uplifting production embracing multi-cultural dance forms and styles.

Tickets include seated dinner, 1st tier performance seats, and a champagne toast at intermission. 

To purchase tickets, click here and select Dinner + Performance seats. 
Or call 718-246-0146.

More about The Norm at Brooklyn Museum

The Norm at Brooklyn Museum is a restaurant concept inspired by the cultural diversity of Brooklyn. Led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton, the menu encourages a gastronomic exploration of the borough’s multi-cultural heritage, incorporating Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Indo-Chinese and all-American elements.

Designed by Anda Andrei, Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture and Design DPC, the space is inspired by the museum's maze of secret and mysterious storage spaces. The restaurant affords guests the opportunity to experience the institution in a completely new way, with a sense of being admitted into the museum's inner sanctum. Patrons are surrounded by priceless paintings from the museum's collections and the crates that store them. The artworks reference different eras and cultures, and are hung in no particular order, as though awaiting their turn to be showcased in an exhibition.

More about The Brooklyn Nutcracker

A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity—in essence, a moving Christmas card to the borough Brooklyn Ballet calls home. 

All Opening Night tickets include champagne toast at intermission. Dinner + Performance tickets include pre-performance dinner at The Norm, beginning at 6:00pm.

Brooklyn Ballet in Association with the Brooklyn Museum Presents The Brooklyn Nutcracker


NEW YORK, October 18, 2016 — Brooklyn Ballet, a unique and interdisciplinary dance company rooted in the classical idiom, presents the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker, December 7-9 and 11 at the Brooklyn Museum. A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn.

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The Brooklyn Nutcracker @ Brooklyn Museum

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Brooklyn Ballet presents 
The Brooklyn Nutcracker 
December 7-11, 2016
Join Brooklyn Ballet at the iconic Brooklyn Museum, for an updated take on a holiday classic. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent Brooklyn's diverse traditions and vibrant culture. 


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