By Mario R. Mercado
September 30, 2013

Ten years ago, New York City Center came up with an inspired idea: invite dance companies—ballet, modern, contemporary—and popular and national troupes from throughout the United States and around the globe; present sampler programs (four works by four companies each night); and offer all tickets at a rock-bottom price: $15. Ideal for the hard-core dance fan or the curious first-timer. The Fall for Dance Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary now through October 5 with performances by 24 international companies, Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Bodytraffic, among them, and three commissions from up-and coming choreographers: Annabelle López Ochoa, Justin Peck, and Liam Scarlet.

The dance cavalcade continues at City Center with the New York premiere of British choreographer-iconoclast Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, set in turn-of-the 19th century and advancing to the modern day, with a gamekeeper instead of prince to woo Princess Aurora (October 23-November 3).

Meanwhile at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, New York City Ballet is in the midst of its fall season with masterworks by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, a revival of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s delightful Carnival of the Animals, narration by John Lithgow, and a new piece by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj (through October 13). Then, the San Francisco Ballet comes to town for a two-week engagement (October 16-27), giving eight (!) New York premieres, including Wheeldon’s full-length staging of Cinderella. Finally, and hard on the heels, also at Lincoln Center, American Ballet Theatre gives the first performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Tempest, set to music by Jean Sibelius, and repertoire by Frederick Ashton, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris (October 30-November 10).

Mario R. Mercado is Arts Editor at Travel + Leisure.