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PREMIERES 13 DEC 2020, 5:00 PM EST

25th Anniversary of the


This holiday season please join us on YouTube Live to watch a documentary on the history of Dances Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker a film by Ariel Rose. Francis Patrelle Choreographer & Artistic Director

Dearest Friends,

"­In Dance" 


That has been the end of every letter I have written for nearly two decades.


Today, I start with it.


In July, Dances Patrelle came to you, our dance family, in need… And you responded — just as you have for more than 30 years.  We asked you to help us keep Dances Patrelle solvent enough to ensure a 25th Anniversary of The Yorkville Nutcracker in 2021. To date, you have donated $30,000!


We are more than halfway to reaching our goal of $50,000.


I can’t tell you how much it means to us to have your response be so fast, so giving, and so generous. We are humbled.


There are hundreds of kids that The Yorkville Nutcracker has helped cultivate not only as performers, but as people.

— Anthony Carr

In addition, we have determined that we will have to cut back in every single area. To do our part to reach our goal we are eliminating much of our storage, insurance, salaries, and personnel. It will be painful and difficult, but we are going to do it. We are dedicated to surviving and seeing the 25th Yorkville Nutcracker season on the stage. The kids deserve it. The city deserves it. And we deserve it. All of us. We deserve to see our sacrifices made into triumphs. Triumphs "In Dance."

You can still help by contributing via PayPal Giving Fund, Venmo @Classes-DancesPatrelle, or send a check to:


Dances Patrelle

c/o Justin Allen

14 Stonybrook Road,

Norwalk, CT 06851


All contributions are 100% tax-deductible.


Thanks so much in advance. We are in this together. And we will continue to get through this together.

In Dance, Love and Family,


Francis Patrelle

Dances Patrelle, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization registered in New York State.


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Photos:  ©  Eduardo PATINO.NYC |   © Rosalie O'Connor Photography  The Yorkville Nutcracker (2016):  Micah Kittay and Tallison Costo