Get ready to experience the magic of ballet under the summer sky.
We’ve curated a list of the top ten ballet performances that promise to delight and inspire. These are some of the shows that we’re most excited about this season!

Founded within the past year by Sophie Williams, a California native with an international dance career, Pointeworks has a bold vision to elevate the voices of female artists and bring cutting-edge ballet to San Diego.

This inaugural performance of Pointeworks will be a powerful mixed repertory program featuring five ChoreograpHERs, five voices, a captivating world premiere, and the first time San Diego audiences will experience the thrilling works of Heather Nichols, Melody Mennite, and Caili Quan. 

OBallet Sun Valley is dedicated to bringing the world’s most celebrated ballet companies and dancers to the Sun Valley area. The open-air, Sun Valley Pavilion sits amidst the natural beauty of the area, providing staging that folds the movement and musicality of ballet into gentle breezes, bending aspens, moving clouds, and changing hillside shadows.

This summer they will present two unforgettable evenings featuring The Joffrey Ballet in the company’s Sun Valley debut. The performances will feature works from a wide range of choreographers and will feature both classical and contemporary works.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Jacob’s Pillow Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks, and events.

This summer’s dance performances will feature an eclectic mix of Jacob’s Pillow debuts and longtime audience favorites, including ballet, modern, Indigenous dance from across Turtle Island, hip hop, flamenco, circus, and more, with artists from Canada, England, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Spain, and beyond. Of particular note is The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom’s first-ever appearance at Jacob’s Pillow Festival.

For the first time in five years Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present a full summer season. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet was shut down in 2020 by the pandemic, and extensive renovations on the Aspen District Theatre shuttered their 2021, 2022, and 2023 seasons. This summer is a true celebration of their unceasing mission to bring ballet to their community.

Five unique evenings of ballet and contemporary dance at the Aspen District Theatre are planned, and featured guest companies include Boston Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Houston Ballet, and more.

The three-performance celebration of established and emerging dance companies will again bring together the Fire Island Pines community to an awe-inspiring waterfront stage overlooking the Great South Bay.

Fire Island Dance Festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival is directed by longtime friends and collaborators, Constantine Baecher and Christin Hanna, whose friendship started in 1998 at American Ballet Theatre’s summer program in New York.

The festival offers three days of main stage performances, audience participatory demonstrations, site-specific installations, meet-the-artists talks, and more. The festival this year will feature dancers from New York City Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, Boston Ballet, Broadway, Ballet Arizona, Erick Hawkins Dance, and Met Opera Ballet.

San Francisco Ballet returns to Starry Nights at Stanford Live with a full evening of repertory ranging from classical to contemporary showcasing the dynamic range of SF Ballet’s impressive roster of dancers.

Programing will include highlights from Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake, the Company premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes, and a tribute to the Dutch choreographer Hans Van Manen. This will be a memorable evening of traditional favorites and exciting Company premieres that showcase classical and contemporary themes in a stunning setting.

Established in 1989, the annual Vail Dance Festival features both performance and educational elements, firmly establishing the Vail Valley as one of the top summer dance destinations in the world.

This year they will present thirteen performances over two weeks featuring dance luminaries from across the United States and around the world. Guest companies include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limón Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Ballet, and DanceAspen, as well as artists from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, BalletX, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, as well as a range of independent artists.

Five of NYC’s most celebrated dance companies—Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem— reunite on one stage for the BAAND Together Dance Festival.

Audiences will be treated to five exceptional performances of beloved programming curated collaboratively by the artistic directors of the companies, including repertory favorites. Each afternoon, one of the companies brings its unique teaching style to participants of all ages with dance workshops.

Jose Sebastian and Hamptons Dance Project return to Fireplace Lodge, the stunning 20-acre farm overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, with an exciting program featuring works from master choreographers—including three world premieres—performed by top dancers in an extraordinary setting.

Choreographers to be featured will include Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon, and performing artists will feature Isabelle Boylston, Lloyd Knight, and more.

Alanna Love is a writer based out of Boise, Idaho. She revels in tracing the thread of beauty woven throughout daily life, especially when it is found in ballet, literature, or historical wardrobing.
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