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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Announces 60th Anniversary World Dance Series

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Announces 60th Anniversary World Dance Series

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce its 2014-15 60th Anniversary world dance series. Since the inception of the dance series in 1966, more than 175 regional, national and international companies have premiered new works as a part of this series. This year's lineup includes Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's The Soul of Flamenco, Nai-Ni Chin Dance Company performing a Lunar New Year Celebration, the Moscow City Ballet's production of Don Quixote, and the return of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). These companies reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity to which Brooklyn Center is dedicated.

Tickets to Brooklyn Center's world dance series range from $30-$75 with a 50% discount for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available for sale to Brooklyn Center Members beginning May 6, 2014 at 12pm, and to the general public on May 20, 2014 at 12pm.

Brooklyn Center will also present two dance performances for children: a free lecture/demonstration entitled The Beauty of Ballet, presented in partnership with The School of American Ballet, and its annual presentation of Dance Theatre in Westchester's family-friendly The Colonial Nutcracker.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 dance events include:

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's The Soul of Flamenco
Dance Theatre in Westchester's The Colonial Nutcracker
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Sheep
The Beauty of Ballet (co-presented with the School of American Ballet)
Moscow City Ballet's Don Quixote
National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica

More information and a performance schedule follow:

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
The Soul of Flamenco
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8pm
Tickets: $30-$40

This premier ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a passionate new show that embodies the purity of traditional flamenco and classical Spanish dance, including Ángel Muñoz's impressive new piece, "A Solas".

The Colonial Nutcracker
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2pm
Tickets: $15

An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky's ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3pm
Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under)

Usher in the Year of the Sheep, a year characterized by peace, love, and woolly gentleness, with a family-friendly performance by the world-renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. This lively celebration of Chinese culture includes colorfully-clad dancers, ancient melodies played on traditional instruments, and awe-inspiring acrobats and lion dancers.

In collaboration with the School of American Ballet
The Beauty of Ballet
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued; recommended for ages four and up

Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in this program illustrating the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Your children will watch a "class" where training exercises and steps are demonstrated, and also enjoy excerpts from famous ballets.

Moscow City Ballet
Don Quixote
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm
Tickets: $36-$45

Based on an episode from Cervantes' famous novel, Petipa's whimsical and romantic Don Quixote follows its title hero as he travels to Barcelona in pursuit of honor and the lovely Dulcinea. Founded in 1988 by distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the Moscow City Ballet is one of Russia's most extensively touring ballet companies, appearing not only throughout Russia but in Europe, the Far East, Egypt, Israel, and North and South America.

National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm
Tickets: $40-$75

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3pm
Tickets: $36-$45

One of the premier dance companies in the Caribbean, NDTC blends the folklore, music and dance of Jamaica, Africa and the American South with modern and classical forms to create a vibrant celebration of West Indian culture. Their much-anticipated return to Brooklyn Center will feature two programs combining evocative new works with favorites from their extensive repertoire.

Visit Brooklyn Center's newly launched website, BrooklynCenter.org, for a complete season lineup.

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for Hot Peas 'N Butter, The Snow Maiden or Target Storybook Series shows). 50% discount for children ages 12 and under for select performances are available. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets are available day-of-show.Tickets are available for sale to Brooklyn Center Members beginning May 6, 2014 at 12pm, and to the general public on May 20, 2014 at 12pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at BrooklynCenter.org, by calling 718-951-4500, or by visiting the box office Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm. Groups of 15 or more should call 718-951-4600 x3331.

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.

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