The Knickerbocker Suite
The Knickerbocker Suite features New York City landmarks, such as The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY sports teams, weaved into the time-honored holiday tale of The Nutcracker. Classic Nutcracker scenes like “The Land of the Snow” are transformed into a snowy frenzy of shoppers dancing in and out of stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s for last minute gifts. Perhaps one of the more well-known scenes, “Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles,” will be played by the Statue of Liberty and dancing immigrants who just arrived from Ellis Island.
With scenes of shoppers on Fifth Avenue, the angels at Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, NY sports teams and the romance of Central Park in the winter, The Knickerbocker Suite is a celebration of New York City, its culture and the magic of the holiday season. The production with a story by artist, Elliott Arkin, features an opening scene with narration by Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris; the choreography of Deborah Wingert, Daniel Ulbricht, Marina Stavitskaya, Nick Kepley & Natalia Boesch; illustrations by Katy DeHay and photography by Erin Baiano.
Manhattan Youth Ballet is pleased to be able to offer a variety of performing opportunities for our students allowing an exciting glimpse into the rewards of disciplined training.
The Spring Workshop is the culmination of a rehearsal process that begins with the Winter Workshop Intensive in January each year. This is an opportunity for our students to learn selections from classical masterpieces, the works of the great George Balanchine, and new contemporary works, as well as to have new ballets created on them.
End-of-Year Performance & Gala
This performance will highlight the progress of each student in works choreographed based upon each levels curriculum for the year. Additional pieces will also be performed to showcase the versatility of our students including both contemporary and character.
Throughout the year, our students will have the opportunity to perform in lecture demonstrations for students in New York City schools and extra-curricular programs. These interactive workshops will take place in MYB's home theater as well as in locations around the city with the goal being to introduce ballet to new audiences.