Let me recommend a couple of non-performance programs listed in the 2014-15 subscriber booklet:
Ballet Essentials with NYCB (age 21+): Last January, on Balanchine's birthday day, they held an Adult Movement Workshop, apparently their first in NYC (although they've tried this on tour at the Kennedy Center). It was delightful. About 60 people of all ages, genders, and sizes met in a huge rehearsal room in the Rose Building. It was led by Daniel Ulbricht, a very gifted teacher. After some gentle warm-ups, he led the class through brief step excerpts from Concerto Barocco, Who Cares, and Rubies. He was assisted by a corps member, Emily Kikta, and accompanied by one of their rehearsal pianists. Although it would be a stretch to say the 60 people actually "danced" those excerpts, Ulbricht broke everything down into small pieces that we could at least imitate in our own clumsy way. I also enjoyed his running commentary and some demonstration on Balanchine technique and how it differs from the traditional (e.g., the preparation for a pirouette, with the back leg stretched straight out instead of in plie). Afterwards they did an e-mail survey to see how people liked it. For 2014-15, they are listing five of these workshops, so I gather they got a positive response: October 4, January 24, February 14, February 28, May 2. All are on Saturdays at 10:30 and cost $22. You register on-line and the class filled up quickly last January. Trust me, nobody will feel out-of-place and a good time was had by all. They aren't promising that Ulbricht will teach them all, but we can hope!
Family Saturdays: I was in town for this May 10 (although without children with me), but I'm always curious to see how different companies (and countries) are introducing kids to ballet. It was a wonderful one-hour program in the main theater (which was nearly full). They showed 8 very short excerpts from different ballets, with dancers in full costume and a few principals. A small ensemble orchestra of about a dozen musicians was on one side of the stage. Ulbricht was a terrific master of ceremonies. He introduced notions like "unison," "canon," "mirroring," "fitting the music," etc. He also had the kids stand up at their seats for some movement exercises (jumping, clapping, waving arms overhead, etc.). These are free for Friends (at least some levels...) and $20 for others. They have three scheduled for next year and are promising Ulbricht again: October 11, February 7, May 17. All are on Saturdays at 11 am. (And if anybody is interested in discussing ways of getting kids interested in ballet and wants to start a thread, that might be worthwhile...)