New York Live Arts Presents Ellen Robbins' DANCES BY VERY YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS Today

New York Live Arts will present Ellen Robbins' Dances by Very Young Choreographers in the New York Live Arts Theater today, December 7 at 2:00pm and December 8 and 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The evening will feature a mélange of witty and intriguing original dances, created and performed by Robbins' students ages 8 - 18.

For over 20 years, Ellen Robbins has worked with young dancers from ages 5 to 18, helping them to stretch their technical modern dance skills and their imaginations in a warm and supportive atmosphere where improvisation reigns. For Dances by Very Young Choreographers, each student choreographs a two to four minute solo and participates in group pieces. This showcase of young talent has become one of New York Live Arts' most beloved community programs.

In a conversation with The New York Times, Robbins explained: "I choose the work because of the ideas and the choreography," and mentions how it is important for her to let children "see what it's like to dance an idea." The works in Dances by Very Young Choreographers can be hilarious, dramatic, lyrical, or abstract, but always entertaining. This showcase is a not to be missed opportunity to inspire children by exposing them to live performances created and performed by their peers.

Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $1 for youth up to 14 years old. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.

Listing info:

Ellen Robbins

Dances by Very Young Choreographers

Dec 7 at 2:00pm, Dec 8 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm

New York Live Arts Theater, New York Live Arts

Tickets: $15 adults/$1 youth under 14

T: 212-924-0077 |

219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Box Office hours:

Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm

About Ellen Robbins:

Ellen Robbins has been teaching dance since 1966. She was the resident dance educator at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC for 34 years. Robbins is a recipient of the 1993 Arts in Education Roundtable Award and the 1986 "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her work with children. She has taught Dance Education at Sarah Lawrence College and has guest-lectured around the country and abroad. She has been on the faculties of the 92nd St. Y, Bennington College July Program, and with ArtsConnection, a performance arts project for public school children. She has directed the Young Dancers School at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. In the summer of 2001, Dances by Very Young Choreographers was produced at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Doris Duke Theater. Robbins is known for her extensive repertoire of group dances choreographed in collaboration with children.

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