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NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET and The Schimmel Center present Once Upon A Ballet, Oct. 1

by Michelle Tabnick
September 27, 2016
Schimmel Center at Pace University
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-1715

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New York Theatre Ballet
New York Theatre Ballet/Ballet School NY (office)
30 East 31st Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents the Once Upon a Ballet series for children, beginning with "Carnival of the Animals" on October 1, 2016 at 3pm at Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC. Tickets are $10 for children, $20 for adults. Single tickets are available through www.schimmelcenter.org or by calling the box office at 212-346-1715. For more information, visit www.nytb.org.

In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live more or less peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in, and then the fun begins! Choreography by Beth Storey Taylor, costume design by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan, and set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.

Paired with "Carnival of the Animals," NYTB presents Antony Tudor’s family favorite, "Little Improvisations," a short story about two children making up games in the attic on a rainy day. Between the ballets, Diana Byer will conduct NYTB's popular interactive lecture demonstration.

"Director Diana Byer’s informative lecture demonstration educates children and adult audiences alike on aspects of ballet.  New York Theatre Ballet continues to be a cultural treasure for the New York City arts community and audiences.” -Broadway World

“For all their childlike wonder, most story ballets don’t cater to the average kids’ attention span. With it’s long-running Once Upon A Ballet series, New York Theatre Ballet consolidates the classics into hour long productions for the under-10 crowd and puts parents’ minds at ease.” -The New York Times

Over the last 30 years, NYTB’s Once Upon A Ballet series has introduced thousands of youngsters in New York City and around the country to the world of ballet and dance, fostering their knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts and building audiences of the future.

The Once Upon A Ballet series continues later this season with the following:

"Cinderella" – March 12, 2017 at 3pm
With a Dancing Clock, wacky Stepsisters and everyone’s favorite princess, "Cinderella" features choreography by Donald Mahler, costumes by Metropolitan Opera’s Resident Costume Designer, Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan and sets by Gillian Bradshaw Smith. Appropriate for girls and boys of all ages.

"The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies" – April 30, 2017 at 3pm
Follow Alice’s adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature. Presented in a vaudeville setting, this eclectic ballet draws on many different dance forms – from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet – all of which combine to make a highly entertaining show. Choreography by Keith Michael, costume design by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan,décor design & painting by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.

About the Schimmel Center

The Schimmel Center is located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan at Pace University located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, near City Hall, the new Fulton Street stop and the Brooklyn Bridge. Its mission is to present internationally acclaimed artists in the fields of dance, cabaret, music, comedy, lecture, world music and dance and family programming. The Schimmel Center strives to provide affordable tickets allowing all patrons access to the high quality talent in the intimate setting of the auditorium. Patrons enjoy performances as they’ve never seen or heard them before.


New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, has been hailed by The New York Times as “an invaluable company.” NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children, all at affordable prices.

By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, NYTB brings a new understanding and appreciation of dance. The approach to live performance for children is groundbreaking and unique. New York Theatre Ballet offers an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents.

NYTB is committed to reaching underserved audiences by performing in small cities throughout the U.S. Its professional school provides ballet training based on the Cecchetti syllabus. Classes are offered at affordable prices. Scholarships are awarded to talented homeless and underserved children along with support for well-rounded learning.
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