Top Dance Shows of the Season on East Coast that you can’t miss!

by Danielle Hernandez on October 26, 2018


A lowdown on the upcoming dance season on television and stage. Top dance shows that no dancer should miss!

Dancers, dance teachers, and Dance Moms! Remember the euphoria around “Solid Gold” back in the 80s? Till today, the memories of performances by dancers is etched in the minds of its fans.

Do you live, eat and breathe dance? Want to know what to catch up on this holiday season? Look no further than your TV, snuggle up with your family as the winter approaches and enjoy the shows!

This summer, most dancers made it a point to watch season 2 of “World of Dance," the biggest dance show TV series in the US at the moment. As you are reading this, ABC is airing two seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” for the fall. Though pre-recorded in summer, though it’s not live, that’s almost 3 hours of dancing every week!

That’s undoubtedly a lot of dancing!

The fall season doesn't only mean the festive season is around the corner, with cooler weather, changing leaves, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas – What’s not to love?  Broadway and theatres around the country are buzzing with activity. The holiday season is also the season of Dance- and “The Nutcracker “is not the only show that you can enjoy the mark the festivities. Broadway shows, and dance musicals are a great way to expose young dancers to the world of professional dancing. Watching live shows is an excellent way to for dancers to learn the intricacies of performance art. Despite many rehearsals, there is a possibility of errors, and dancers learn improvisation, drama, theatrics, voice modulation and a lot of other aspects of dancing through these shows.

Whether you are a dancer, a dance parent or a dance teacher, these shows will work as a motivation and fuel aspirations, exposing young minds to the possibilities dance brings with itself. We have got the top dance shows of the season on East Coast that you shouldn’t miss!

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful musicals, seen by more than 130 million people worldwide.

Its sequel- Love Never Dies is a story of boundless love, passion, and drama. The score is beautiful, magical, poetic, filled with as much joy as melancholy and the audience is left mesmerized and spellbound. Making it one of the world’s greatest love stories.

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare’s timeless love story about the star-crossed lovers. Adapted as Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s masterful ballet is one of the 20th century’s greatest ballet performances. Emotional choreography and moving score will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Directed by Tony® winning Director Bartlett Sher, this show is back in the US. It is a beautiful family watch with an excellent cast, lavish orchestra. The masterpiece is a fresh take but the essence of timeless traditions that define faith and family remain the same.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

What's not to love about this one! A delectable treat with songs from the original film including " Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man “and  "I've Got a Golden Ticket," the show also features new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. This show is sure going to take young dancers onto a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination.

Petite Mort & World Premieres

This holiday season enjoys contemporary ballet with an audience favorite since its premiere in 1991. Learn about the past and explore the future possibilities while you enjoy world premiers from award-winning choreographers and dancers.

PHILADANCO: Choreographers on the Move

Discover how television dance competitions have impacted live action dance, and the explosion of hip-hop, as the premier weekend brings the famed and beloved Milton Myers and Julliard instructor Christopher Huggins present The Chosen, Waves, When Dawn Comes, and Pacing. This one is undoubtedly a ballet dancer’s holiday treat!

Nutcracker 1776


This musical is a Revolutionary take on the holiday classic. Young Abbey and Johnny embark on their twilight adventure, a grand battle scene featuring general Mouse Howe and exquisite dancing performed by talented local and international students.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

No matter how many times you see this classic, watching this timeless holiday story brought to life is always a delight. To many, it’s a holiday tradition. You or your little dancer may be performing in one of the versions at their school or dance studio as well, and we highly recommend this grand production to understand and admire the magical story set around Christmas.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

This play broke box office records for two years in a row on Broadway during holidays. More than 1.2 million theatre-goers across America have been witness to this holiday musical, supposed to be “100 times better than any bedside story” as per The New York Times. A hit with both kids and adults alike!



Wicked is a magical theatre experience that is sweeping the musical theatre industry. Based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked gives a sneak peek at Oz before Dorothy drops in. A spellbinding production with three Tony® awards in 2004, the show is all about understanding and mutual respect between rivals.


Ride on this dazzling magical ride that is enthralling the audiences for years. A fresh and beautiful adaptation of the 1992 Disney movie, this musical will feel both familiar and surprising when watched as a theatre presentation- like walking into a whole new world.

The Lion King

The Lion King

You and your kids must have watched the movie, another classic from Disney stable, but watching it live as a dance musical extravaganza is an experience of a lifetime. With breathtaking visuals, spectacular costumes, puppets, masks, and makeup, this is a vibrant, bold and unforgettable adaptation of the cult classic.

White Christmas

A classic musical, based on the 50s movie with the same title, this is again a wonderful story about two song-and-dance men out to perform at a lodge. The story follows their travel and their chance meeting with their former commanding general.



Swing- the music and the movement that swept the world back in the 60s, and it is undoubtedly going to transport you in the world where baby boomers ruled, a great way to introduce the fantastic dance form to young minds.

A Christmas Story

Based on the short stories by Jean Shepherd, this is a new musical and a hilarious take on Christmas, gifts, and Santa. It was also adapted into a hit movie in 1983 and has been on the must-watch list of most holiday revelers since then.

Finding Neverland

Based on the 2004 Academy Award-winning film and the play-" The Man Who Was Peter Pan," the musical tells you the story about author J. M Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan, his struggles, family, and how he becomes the man he can be.


Originally written for television, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on the classic fairy tale is all about believing in magic and your dreams. Inspiring and beautifully conceptualized and presented.


Based on the hit film, this musical is about a boy who dreams of being big. But he later has to decide whether he is ready to live a grown up’s life.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

One of the first stage adaptations of a Disney film, the fantastic dance musical based on the French story is an all time favorite. Emotional, transformational conflicts are beautifully depicted in this timeless classic


The latest entrant, Frozen is all about sibling love, trust, and faith in each other. One of the most popular stories of our times. Disney's Academy Award-winning film arrives on Broadway!

The Little Mermaid

Disney’s theatrical-produced musical is based on the film which was adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic.

 An all-time favorite of children, especially young girls, let your young ballerinas transport themselves in the world of magic.

Matilda the Musical

Royal Shakespeare Company develops Roald Dahl's famous children’s novel into a beautiful musical performance. The story is about finding her inner power, inspiring her teacher, and even her classmates to shake the oppressive yolks of the powerful, to embrace her uniqueness and reach for the stars.


Christmas is around the corner, can Elf be far behind? Watch this new musical based on the Hollywood movie starring Will Ferrell.

After Midnight (JAZZ PEOPLE)

The musical revue provides a heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for Jazz lovers. A great musical for your teen dancers. Experience the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age in a modern era. A magnum opus that will change everything you think you know about music, nightlife, and Broadway.

Kinky Boots

This is perfect for dancers and singers. For a dazzling evening of upbeat music, gorgeous costumes and a spirited theme of embracing the real you, book a ticket for Kinky Boots on Broadway. The high-tempo music will bring your teenagers to their feet by the end of the evening.

Other dance musical shows to watch out for

Sources: Broadway Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Broadway New York,



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