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I have traveled widely for business and sightseeing and have on ocassion attended available performances in theater, opera, and dance.

Being in the Washington, DC area I have traveled to New York and Boston to catch local or visiting ballet or dance companies. But visiting companies rarely do more than the tried and true standards so traveling to their home bases is a must.

So instead, I thought it would be fun to combine a vacation tour of cities coordinated with ballet and or dance performances.

I am thinking a week or ten day tour stopping in two or three of the following European cities: Paris, Lyon, the Hague, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Monte Carlo coordinated with one or two ballet or dance events in each city.

Do such tours exist; if so I have had little success finding them on the internet?


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Welcome to Ballet Alert, Bruce; we're happy to have you with us. I've been a ballet nut for over 60 years and have dreamed of a European ballet tour for decades. I've looked and haven't found one, nor do I know if European ballet schedules would lend themselves to such a tour. If you find one be sure to let me know. In the meantime enjoy the board; lots of ballet information on it.


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I know that there are some tours arranged by a group connected with the National Ballet of Canada, but I don't know the contact information off the top of my head. Will try to look. They have gone to Europe (various countries) and spots in the US. The woman who leads the tours also gives a continuing ed class in Ballet History at the University of Toronto. From time to time she leads ballet talks prior to performances, and I always feel I learn the most when she is speaking. When someone else steps up to the podium it is never the same. I would love to take part in one of the ballet tours some day.

I wil post more information if I find it.


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Yes, that (Tours en L'air) is the organization I remember as well. I think there is also one in Australia, but unfortunately, I don't remember the name of that one, and will have to check my rather disorganized archives (unless an online--Google?-- search might do?)

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Yes, that (Tours en L'air) is the organization I remember as well. I think there is also one in Australia, but unfortunately, I don't remember the name of that one, and will have to check my rather disorganized archives (unless an online--Google?-- search might do?)

My colleague Elizabeth Zimmer has done some work with Renaissance Tours in Sydney, Australia, but these are Australians, coming to the US.

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Just a quick note to say that I located the blog today for tours en l'air - I contacted the "word lady" and she responded quite promptly.

Thank you to the originator of this thread - you helped me find something I'd been looking for!

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There is also a British based tour company called Travel for the Arts.

Over the years, I've met a number of people who have been travelling independently, having compared schedules and worked out their own itineraries. We used to meet up often in the Autumn with an American gentleman (Jim from the Bronx) who spent a month in the UK following all the British companies he could find.

The "Word Lady" was in the UK last Autumn. I met her at Birmingham where she interviewed Robert Parker for her group and Friends of BRB.

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Hello, here I am. It took me a while to find this thread again. I run the Tours en l'air ballet holidays, and would love to hear from any of you who want to join in our great ballet experiences. You can find information about the trips (and lots of other ballet stuff) on my website, or you can email me at toursenlair@gmail.com to be added to my mailing list. I look forward to meeting you (virtually)!

Katherine Barber

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I have just launched the program for a ballet trip to Vienna, Bratislava, Dresden, and Prague next spring. Details here:


Also, I will soon be planning a trip to Munich and Stuttgart for end of April, and Hamburg ballet days (including guest appearance by Houston Ballet) beginning July. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these.

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With the Stuttgart Ballet having announced its season today, I have now completed my list of possible ballet trips for 2016. Please see below. For more info, visit http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/ or message me.

January 28 - February 1
Florida (West Palm Beach and Sarasota)

Miami City Ballet:
La Source (Balanchine), Barber Violin Concerto (Martins), In the Upper Room (Tharp)
Sarasota Ballet:
Emeralds (Balanchine), new Graziano, TBA

February 2 - 4

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet:
7 for Eight (Tomasson), Magrittomania (Possokhov), Pas/Parts (Forsythe)

Continuum© (Wheeldon), Liam Scarlett World Premiere, Rubies (Balanchine)

February 27 - March 4
Washington DC

Mariinsky Ballet:

Washington Ballet:
PRISM (Lopez Ochoa), State of Wonder (Webre), In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

New York City Ballet:
Ash(Martins), After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon), New Peck, The Infernal Machine (Martins), Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (Balanchine)
La Sylphide (Bournonville), Bournonville Divertissements

April 1 - 13
Paris and Amsterdam

Paris Opera Ballet
Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky), Duo Concertant (Balanchine), Other Dances (Robbins), In Creases (Peck)

Romeo and Juliet (Nureyev)

Dutch National Ballet
Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tarantella, Theme and Variations (all Balanchine)

Metaforen, Two, Two, Gold Variations, Adagio Hammerklavier (all van Manen)

April 13 - 20
Berlin and Dresden

Staatsballett Berlin
Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Sleeping Beauty

April 29 - May 10
Prague and Vienna
(day trip to Bratislava)

Czech National Ballet
La Bayadère

Vienna State Ballet
Mayerling (MacMillan)
Marie Antoinette (de Bana)

Hamburg Ballet
Shakespeare Dances (Neumeier)

Slovak National Theatre Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty

May 12 - 15, 2016, 4 days

New York

New York City Ballet:

Ballo della Regina, Kammermusik No. 2, Vienna Waltzes (all Balanchine)
Dances at a gathering, West Side Story Suite (both Robbins)

American Ballet Theatre: TBA

May 21 - 23 (Victoria Day Weekend)

Boston Ballet
Swan Lake

New Armitage, New Yanowsky, Belong pas de deux (Vesak), Resonance (Martinez)

June 11-20, 10 days
South of France (Toulouse and Bordeaux)

Ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Messiah (Wainrot)

Ballet of the Théatre du Capitole Toulouse

Paquita grand pas (Petipa), Firebird (Béjart)

July 15 - 25, 11 days

Dancers of the Korean National Ballet, Czech National Ballet, Ballett Zürich, Ballet du Rhin, Augsburg Ballett, Ballett im Revier and Gauthier Dance

Mixed Program

Stuttgart Ballet

Mixed Program (excerpts from Stuttgart Ballet world premieres of the last 20 years)

the second detail (Forsythe), new Goecke, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (Scholz)
Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)
The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko)
Onegin (Cranko)
John Cranko School Gala
Stuttgart Ballet Gala

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I have now completed my list of possible ballet trips for 2016-17. Please see below. For more info, visit http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2016/06/2016-17-tours-en-lair-ballet-trips.html or message me. You can join a trip from anywhere in the world.


August 10 - 13, 4 days, 2 performances

Saint-Sauveur, Quebec


Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

Guillaume Côté and dancers of the National Ballet of Canada:

The Story of us (Marcelo Gomes, World Premiere, with Heather Ogden)

Venom (Côté)

The Sleeping Beauty prince's solo

Dance me to the end of love (Côté)
Solos and pas de deux from the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoires

    • Guillaume Côté – National Ballet of Canada

    • Heather Ogden – National Ballet of Canada

    • Misty Copeland – American Ballet Theatre

    • Blaine Hoven - American Ballet Theatre

    • Nehemiah Kish – The Royal Ballet

    • Yuhui Choe – The Royal Ballet

    • Anne Plamondon - Independent artist

    • more dancers TBA
Optional performance
Louise Lecavalier and Frédéric Tavernini
in So Blue

October 14 -16

New York

New York City Ballet

New Lovette, New Peck 1, New Walker, New Lopez Ochoa, Everywhere We Go (Peck)

Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Firebird (Balanchine)

Glass Pieces (Robbins), Thou Swell (Martins), Stars and Stripes (Balanchine)



January 23 - February 2 (11 days)

Budapest and Vienna

Hungarian National Ballet

Onegin (Cranko)

Vienna State Ballet

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)

Cinderella (Malandain)

Carmina Burana (Orlic), Bolero (Lukacs), Afternoon of a Faun (Nebyla)

Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno

Black and White (Radacovsky)


February 3 - 5

San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet




February 24 - March 5 (10 days)

Berlin and Dresden (day trip to Leipzig)

Berlin State Ballet

Onegin (Cranko)

Castrati (Duato), Petite Mort (Kylian), Secus (Naharin)

Multiplicity, Forms of Silence and Emptiness (Duato)

Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Swan Lake

Leipzig Ballet

Van Gogh (Schroder)

March 8-12 (5 days)

Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale

Sarasota Ballet

Scènes de ballet (American premiere), The Two Pigeons (both Ashton)

Miami City Ballet

The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky), Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Balanchine), Polyphonia (Wheeldon)

April 1 - 12 (12 days)

Zurich and Munich

Zurich Ballet Junior Company

Un Ballo (Kylian), new Favre, new TBA

Zurich Ballet

Swan Lake

(reconstruction of the original Petipa version by Alexei Ratmansky)

Stanislavsky Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

Bavarian State Ballet

Spartacus (Grigorovich)

Symphony in C (Balanchine), In the Night (Robbins), Adam Is (Barton)

Romeo and Juliet (Cranko)

La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton)

Bavarian State Ballet Junior Company

Mixed Program


mid April
Toulouse and Bordeaux
Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
Don Quixote
Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux

April 30 - May 10 (11 days)

Amsterdam and Paris

Dutch National Ballet Junior Company

Mixed program

Dutch National Ballet

All Balanchine: Theme and Variations, Tarantella, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Apollo

Paris Opera Ballet

In G (Robbins), La Valse (Balanchine), Bolero (Cherkaoui)


May 11 -19 (9 days)


An American in Paris (Wheeldon)

Royal Ballet

Mayerling (MacMillan)

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Forsythe), Tarantella (Balanchine), Strapless (Wheeldon), new Scarlett

Northern Ballet

Casanova (Tindall)

plus possible other performances by other

companies TBA


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I realize I haven't updated this for a while, but I am still here!  These are my trips for January-July 2018. For any trip whose booking deadline is past, it is always worth inquiring if space may still be available. For sold-out trips you can ask to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations. If you are even potentially interested in any trip, please let me know at toursenlair@gmail.com. This gives me a general idea of what size group I might be dealing with (since one can't contact a hotel and say "I need to book *some* rooms"!), and I have to have a general idea before I can create a budget for a trip.

March 12 - 22, 2018

Vienna and Budapest
day trip to Bratislava

Vienna State Ballet

Raymonda (Nureyev)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine), Theme and Variations (Balanchine), Bach Suite III (Neumeier), The Concert (Robbins)

Hungarian National Ballet
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Rostislav)
Slovak National Theatre Ballet  
Esmeralda (Medvedev after Petipa)

Booking deadline October 25, 2017
Click here for brochure:

 May 17 - 20
New York
New York City Ballet
All Jerome Robbins 
Interplay, In the Night, The Cage, Other Dances, Fanfare 
Opus 19/The Dreamer, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces 
In G Major, Afternoon of a Faun, Antique Epigraphs, The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) 
Dybbuk, Fancy Free, West Side Story Suite
 American Ballet Theatre 
Booking in March 2018
May 31 - June 10, 6 performances
Royal Danish Ballet
Napoli (Bournonville, restaged by Nikolaj Hubbe and Sorella Englund)
"Bournonvilleana" details TBA
Swan Lake (staged by Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe)
An evening of works choreographed by dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet
 "An evening of modern dance" Details TBA
Closing Gala

June 11 - 17
(All performances in London)
June 11: English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition
June 12: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan)
June 13: English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (MacMillan)
June 14: Royal Ballet: Swan Lake (new staging by Liam Scarlett)
June 15: Birmingham Royal Ballet Mixed Program: In the Upper Room (Tharp), Kin. (Whitley), World Premiere (Williamson)
June 29 - July 9
Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg
Berlin State Ballet
Don Quixote

Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Heatscape (Peck), Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Political Mother (Schechter)

National Ballet of Canada

Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite), The Man in Black (Kudelka)

Hamburg Ballet

Illusions...like Swan Lake (Neumeier)

Beethoven Project (Neumeier)

The Concert, Dances at a Gathering  (Robbins) 

INFO here:
July 17 -23
Stuttgart Ballet

Highlights and Favourites from 22 years under Reid Anderson

Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering  and John Cranko's Initials R.B.M.E.
ONEGIN ( Cranko)

Gala of the John Cranko School

Gala of the Stuttgart Ballet
Booking in March 2018


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