New York City Ballet in New York, NY

Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023
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As one of the most iconic dance companies around the globe, the New York City Ballet continues to astonish audiences year after year with spectacular dances, mesmerizing talent, and engaging shows. Touring regularly around the country and the world, the New York City Ballet performs approximately 60 ballets in any given season with an expansive company-wide repertory.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Ballet performances change seasonally.
  • Performed in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Dress code is comfortable and casual.
  • Performances are recommended for children over the age of 5.


from New York City Ballet
The dynamism of The Four Temperaments and the sparkling Symphony in C usher in the Spring 2017 performances, highlighting the range of Balanchine’s neoclassical style. The spring continues with Jerome Robbins favorites Moves, a spellbinding ballet performed without music, and the playful Fancy Free, both illuminating the choreographer’s flair for the dramatic.

Contemporary ballets abound with the Here/Now Festival, four weeks devoted to works created at NYCB during the past three decades, featuring 43 ballets, 10 programs, and 2 world premieres. Alexei Ratmansky contributes his fifth work for NYCB at the Company’s 2017 Spring Gala and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck debuts his third collaboration with singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens a week later. A momentous occasion, the festival showcases the creations of 22 diverse choreographers, and includes programs focusing on the work of Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.

A longstanding springtime tradition, Balanchine's full-length production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream closes the 2016-17 Season in a week-long run flooding the stage with its sumptuous sets and costumes.

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Poole, United Kingdom
"Nutcracker was stunning!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
NYC Ballet Nutcracker is a classic Christmas experience and it did not disappoint! We got great value seats as they were on the top floor and technically restricted view, but we loved it! We could see the whole stage and the orchestra so it was actually amazing value for money. It was a beautiful show and a magical experience for the holidays.
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TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2020 NEW
Expecting a lot more having heard about this perforance over many years. Although a big tribute to the original choreographer after all these years, it's looking tired. Things have moved on in the ballet world.
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Charleston, South Carolina
"Very Good Performance "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2019 NEW
Great performance of Nutcracker Suite and amazing sets and costumes. Some of the hair styles or wigs were a bit unusual. There is a photo opportunity before the performance. The souvenir shopping booths had very limited merchandise. The seating allows every seat to be a great seat with a good view.
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"Amateur performance of Nutcracker not befitting of Balanchine! Don't waste your money."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 27, 2019 NEW
I took my daughter whom has danced for 15 years to see Balanchine's Nutcracker in NYC as a once in a lifetime experience. It was extremely disappointing. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the lead role, was a corps dancer named Ashley Hod. She fell out of turns and lost balance in partnered turns. This was the 21st of December, the Saturday night before Christmas and NYC Ballet decided to put a corp dance in the title role. We were 5 rows in and paid a lot of money to see a PROFESSIONAL ballet performance of Balanchine's nutcracker. This was not acceptable and does not stand up to expectations nor the costs. Do not go.
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Richland, Washington
"The Nutcracker...What Else Needs to Be Said?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 22, 2019 NEW
We travelled from Seattle to New York JUST to take in the holiday spectacular at the only venue which we deemed worthy of watching it...and we were not disappointed. It was an experience that we will remember for all of our lives...and one to which we WILL return.
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Frequently Asked Questions about New York City Ballet

Where is the theater located?
The New York City Ballet performs at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. To get here by Subway, take the 1 local train to 66th St./Lincoln Center Station.

Does the ballet have a dress code?
No. It is advised that patrons dress according to their comfort level and personal style. Some patrons dress very smartly — but others choose to be more casual.

Can I take pictures during the performance?
No. The use of phones and any photography, recording, and electronic devices in the auditorium is not permitted during the performance.​

Are children welcome to the ballet?
Yes. All patrons, including small children sitting in laps, must have a ticket to enter the theater. All performances are appropriate for ages 5+ as long as guests are not disruptive to other patrons' enjoyment of the performance. Please be aware that anyone causing a disturbance during a performance, regardless of age, will be asked by a theater usher to leave the auditorium.

Is the theater accessible?
For patrons with limited mobility who require access to the David H. Koch Theater with as few stairs as possible, the best drop-off location is at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street under the canopy abutting the sidewalk. From that point, follow the ramp to the theater's Lobby where there is elevator access into the auditorium.

Assistive devices for hearing and binoculars are available for rent during the performances, as well.

Is parking available at the theater?
For those who plan on driving to the theater, a series of on and off campus parking garages/lots are available:

  • Lincoln Center Quick Park Self Park Garage (requires reservations)
  • 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave
  • 62nd St and Amsterdam Ave
  • 65th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
  • Time Warner Center Valet Parking Garage
  • 60th St between Broadway & Columbus Ave
  • 58th St between 8th & Columbus Ave

Parking rates and fees vary.