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Iconic NYC companies return for BAAND Together Dance Festival 

Photo courtesy of Daniel Arnold.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Arnold.

Five of NYC’s most iconic dance companies — Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem — return for the third annual BAAND Together Dance Festival, sharing the spotlight and an outdoor stage as a part of Lincoln Center’s second annual Summer for the City.

From July 25-29, audiences will be treated to exciting evenings of programming curated collaboratively by the artistic directors of the companies, featuring works that are quintessential of each company’s style and brilliance, as well as the World Premiere of Pas de O’Farill by Pedro Ruiz, a new duet featuring dancers from Ballet Hispánico and New York City Ballet, commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. All performances are free.

Each afternoon, one of the companies will bring its unique teaching style to campus with a daily Education Workshop. The series will offer a variety of teaching styles and dance forms, appropriate for all ages and abilities.

The Festival is made possible by CHANEL, representing the third year of the House’s support of the BAAND Together Dance Festival. This partnership reflects CHANEL’s long-standing patronage within the world of dance, which has continued for over a century.

A statement from the artistic directors of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Artistic Director Robert Battle), American Ballet Theatre (Artistic Director Susan Jaffe), Ballet Hispánico (Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Artistic Director Robert Garland) and New York City Ballet (Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan) reads: 

“The BAAND Together Dance Festival is a testament to the vibrancy and diversity of the New York City dance community. We are thrilled to be returning with a spectacular program that features the city’s most internationally revered repertory companies. This year’s program highlights the innovative visions that have made New York City our nation’s dance capital.”

In addition to the performances and workshops, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will hold pop-up engagement tables before the July 26 performance, as part of the recently announced participatory planning process to help reimagine the Amsterdam Avenue side of its campus to create greater access. Input from all New Yorkers is encouraged! Visit LincolnCenter.org/planningprocess for more. 

For more information on the BAAND Together Dance Festival, running July 25-29, visit www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/BAAND%20Together%20Dance%20Festival

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