December has come and gone, and we’ve all packed away the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads for another year. But the dancing continues at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, as it presents a winter and spring line-up of family-friendly dance performances from around the world.
In January, celebrate The Year of the Horse with a colorful Lunar New Year Celebration, performed by the internationally celebrated Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm. Your little ones will be enchanted by the colorful dancing lions and dragons, and you will love the rich combination of traditional Chinese music, dance, and pageantry that the company is famous for. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Like a Russian fairy tale come to life, the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia incorporates colorful folkloric costumes, thrilling choreography, and a live orchestra of national folk instruments as it celebrates the rich cultural heritage of its native Siberia. Rarely seen in the United States, this company of 55 dancers and musicians perform on Saturday, February 1 at 8pm, amazing audiences young and old with their beautifully athletic dancing and joyous music. Tickets start at only $36 with half price tickets available for children.
On Saturday, March 8 at 2 pm, instructor Katrina Killian and advanced students from the world-famous School of American Ballet will present The Beauty of Ballet, a free lecture/performance where children will enjoy excerpts from classic ballets and be introduced to the ways in which talented youngsters train to become professional dancers. Recommended for children ages four to ten, this instructive program will inspire all young dancers to want to become the prima ballerinas and cavaliers of tomorrow.
With its magical story of a beautiful princess, the dashing prince that is her true love and the evil spell that threatens their happiness together, The Sleeping Beauty is undoubtedly one of the most popular full-length ballets of all time. On Sunday, March 23 at 3pm, this classic will be brought to life by the internationally-acclaimed Russian National Ballet Theatre, under the direction of legendary Bolshoi dancer Elena Radchenko. Tickets start at only $36 with half price tickets available for children.
And in addition to great dance performances, Brooklyn Center will also present several great family show, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sid the Science Kid – Live!, and The Wizard of Oz. Part of Brooklyn Center’s Target Storybook Series, these shows are an incredibly affordable $7-$10 per ticket.
Tickets are available through the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or by visiting BrooklynCenterOnline.org. All performances take place at the Walt Whitman Theatre on the campus of Brooklyn College (2 train to Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College, on-site paid parking available).