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The Mariinsky Ballet in Paquita. Darian Volkova, Courtesy Mariinsky Ballet.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.

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Honji Wang and Sara Mearns. Photo by Brooke Trisolini, Courtesy of Jacob's Pillow Dance.

We all know that seeing world class dance is expensive. But for two weeks a year New York City Center offers $15 tickets to their Fall for Dance Festival. This magical unicorn of an experience features five unique programs and will run from October 2-14.

The program includes five world premieres commissioned specifically for the Festival, three of which feature some of our favorite ballet superstars.

Program One (Oct. 2-3) will showcase a new work by choreographer and New York City Ballet soloist Troy Schumacher on 14 dancers from Miami City Ballet. While rehearsals are still in progress, we do know that the piece will be a meditation on childhood set to Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor.


Troy Schumacher in rehearsalPhoto by Kyle Froman for Pointe

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To drum up excitement for Fall for Dance (which starts tomorrow!) City Center gathered iMixes from a handful of the participating companies. Check out the songs that New York City Ballet's Teresa Reichlin, Robert Fairchild, Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle chose for their mix here. They have an awesome collection of Billy Joel, Vampire Weekend, The Clash and more. You can catch the dancers performing Ulysses Dove's Red Angles on Thursday and Friday this week.

 

Bill T. Jones, Tero Saarinen, Gallim, Keigwin & Company and Shu-Yu Chou also made iMixes. Personally, I have to say my favorite mix is from Keigwin & Company—but Tero Saarinen is a close second!

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