May 16, 2011, will be the opening gala that will kick off the 2011 Season of American Ballet at the Met. After that night, you will have six nights a week (Monday-Saturday), as well as some afternoons, to enjoy classic and modern ballet performances.
The season runs through July 9, with holidays being observed. After July 9, the American Ballet takes it show to different cities, as well as a few foreign countries.
While they are "at home", however, you'll be able to enjoy such classical movements as "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux", "The Nutcracker Pas de Deux", "Don Quixote" and other beautiful dance performances. Children will enjoy watching "Cinderella", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake" and other performances that bring their favorite fairy tales to life.
The "fairy tale" performances are held during the final days of the American Ballet's New York appearances and season, so this is a perfect way to start winding down the summer. The final performance is July 9, and will be "The Sleeping Beauty."
The American Ballet Season at the Met is something the whole family will enjoy. Young children can be introduced to this beautiful dance genre as well as start learning how to conduct themselves properly at public performances. The shows are intriguing enough to hold their attention, so a few whispered words about remaining seated and speaking in very low tones will probably be all that is needed.
During the Season, and at other times of the year, schools and classes are held. Children and adolescents who are interested in ballet can attend these. Sometimes, students are used in the performances; this gives them a stage experience that they most likely would not receive anywhere else, and certainly they will remember for a long time.