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Published March 17th 2014
Watching a variety of dance styles will lift your spirits
There are many places to immerse yourself in culture and the performing arts in Manhattan. Located at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street in the Lincoln Center area, the David H. Koch Theater plays host to many groups that exhibit a variety of dance forms.

David H. Koch Theater Interior
The beautiful red and gold interior of David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.

Clad in exquisite and colorful native costumes, members of the New York-based troupe, the Shen Yun Performing Arts showcase the beauty of classical Chinese folk dances as drums and traditional music emanate from an orchestra.

Shen Yun Lincoln Center
Bask in the cultural beauty of China - Shen Yun Performing Arts

Skilled members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company delight audiences worldwide. Its annual repertoire of shows at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City is a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends and family.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor Dance Company celebrates its diamond anniversary with performances throughout March 2014.

Among the prestigious dance professionals who perform at the venue, the David H. Koch Theater is home to the world-renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB). The ballet company includes young dancers from The School of American Ballet (SAB) in its productions throughout the year.

The rotation of NYCB offerings includes "Coppelia" or "Sleeping Beauty" early in the year, usually in February.

Balanchine's Coppelia Ballet
Coppelia is a popular show in February.

Warmer temperatures bring the vibrant fantasy world of fairies to life onstage as NYCB principals, soloists and corps members are accompanied by young SAB ballerinas clad in colorful summer insect and page costumes in George Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs in early summer.

Starting right after Thanksgiving Day and running through the first week of each new year, Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" brings holiday glee to audience members of all ages. Watch NYCB's biggest show, which uses the greatest number of SAB students who play the roles of Marie, Fitz, the party scene youngsters or the characters in the Land of Sweets. It's hard to leave this show without feeling a bit of Christmas magic.

Balanchine's the Nutcracker Christmas Holiday
Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition.

Tips: Peruse through the David H. Koch Theater website for a list of upcoming productions. Look for the dates and times that work with your schedule. Pick your seats and jot down the seat numbers and location (i.e. orchestra or first, second, third, fourth and fifth rings). Avoid the extra facility and shipping fees by purchasing your tickets at the onsite box office.

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Why? Watching dance performances can lift your mood.
When: Show times vary. Check website.
Where: 20 Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023
Cost: Ticket Prices Vary. Check website.
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