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This first short short list of 2016 is for dance, music, art, and theater lovers who need the perfect gateway drug to bring their friends and loved ones to a similar state of performance addiction…let’s expand the audience for live art this year!

1. The Most Incredible Thing at New York City Ballet

Above: The Destroyer, 2015. Pencil, ink, and watercolor on paper. 17 x 14 inches (43.2 x 35.6 cm)

Above: The Destroyer, 2015. Pencil, ink, and watercolor on paper. 17 x 14 inches (43.2 x 35.6 cm)

Justin Peck’s first story ballet comes out of a collaboration with indie rocker Bryce Dessner (The National) and visual artist Marcel Dzama (David Zwirner Gallery), who has been working with the aesthetic of dance in his contemporary art for a long time. This production is Peck’s 10th creation for the company and his most ambitious endeavor to date, with more than fifty dancers gracing the stage to tell this dark Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Feb 2 – May 7, select dates. On Feb 6th, 11th and 19th all tickets are $30 and the audience will receive a commemorative takeaway from Dzama!
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2. The Grand Paradise in Bushwick

Third Rail Projects returns with another evening of immersive theater. Take a break from the winter slush and find the fountain of youth in this 1970’s Floridian paradise.

Now through March 31st
383 Troutman Street
Brooklyn, NY

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3. Moulin Rouge at Atlanta Ballet

After a triumphant 2010 debut, Jorden Morris‘s version of the classic French revue is back. Aiming to appeal to dance lovers and newbies alike, this steamy can-can seems the perfect backdrop for a cold winter’s date night.


Feb 5 – 13, 8p with 2p matinees on Sat/Sun
Cobb Energy Center
Atlanta, GA

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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.