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This Bitter Earth. Photo by Sam Wootton, courtesy of NYCB

Create a Watch Party! Here are four free offerings from New York City's most celebrated arts organizations to share with your students and their families.


New York City Ballet

Excerpt of Christopher Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth performed by Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring.

"Words cannot fully capture the beauty or essence of this moving pas de deux, but for me it speaks to our times," says Wendy Whelan, who originated Mearns' role when the ballet premiered in 2012. "It honors where we have come from and the challenges we face moving forward into the unknown. The choreography inspires reflection from both its performers and audience and I hope, for you, conveys a peaceful sense of hope for the future."

American Ballet Theatre

Every week, Monday through Thursday, @ABTSchool Instagram and YouTube offers daily virtual classes taught by former ABT dancers, ABT JKO faculty and ABT teaching artists, who are all certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum.

#ABTots (Ages 2–4): Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am EST

Primary (Ages 5–8): Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 pm EST

Lincoln Center at Home

#Concerts for Kids: Wednesday, April 8 at 4 pm

Zeshan B brings an Indo-Pakistani feel to soul, blues, and more

For family audiences, #ConcertsForKids are new, short concerts recorded by the artists themselves. The performances will premiere at LincolnCenter.org, Lincoln Center's YouTube Page, and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page and will be available after, on demand for families to enjoy whenever is convenient.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Full-length videos of the company's repertory.

April 2–5: Ailey II in Yannick Lebrun's Saa Magni and Bradley Shelver's Where There Are Tongues

April 9–12: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Judith Jamison's Divining

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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