New York Theatre Ballet to Bring THE NUTCRACKER to NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

New York Theatre Ballet will delight children with the beloved classic Keith Michael's The Nutcracker at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Wintergarden, 3959 Broadway (at 165th St), NYC at noon on Monday, December 22, 2014. For some patients, this performance will be their first ballet viewing experience.

From clockwork imps to mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States and 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.

New York Theatre Ballet's mission is to perform small classic masterpieces and new contemporary works for adults as well as innovative hour-long ballets for young children, all at affordable prices. The mission is carried out in the work of the Professional Company, Ballet School NY (the official training school of NYTB) and the LIFT Community Service Program. NYTB reaches adults and family audiences across the country building a love for dance and diverse audiences for the future.

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