Save The Date!

Sept 17

Ballet, Ballroom & Bluegrass

Boogie down in Charlotte, NC, this month with North Carolina Dance Theatre and a live bluegrass band! The company will perform Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Shindig as well as Twyla Tharp’s ballroom dance masterpiece, Nine Sinatra Songs and Alonzo King’s MAP. Sept 17–19;

Sept 19

Tap It To Me

Tapping sensation tap kids will be taking the stage at The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA, this month. These talented dancers have wowed audiences across the U.S. and internationally with their energizing passion and performance. By the end of the show you’ll be tapping your feet right along with them! Sept 19–20;


Sept 22

Fall in Love with Fall for Dance

Don’t miss your chance to see 20 groundbreaking companies—including Batsheva Dance Company, The Australian Ballet and Ballet West—at NYC’s Fall for Dance festival. At just $10 a ticket, everyone can afford to fall for dance this season! Sept 22¬–Oct 3;


Sept 22

SFB Abroad

San Francisco Ballet is hitting the road this month! The company was invited to tour China in honor of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 30th anniversary of the nation’s diplomatic relations with the U.S. The three-week tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing will include two programs with a total of eight performances of Swan Lake and a mixed-repertory program that includes works by George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson and Christopher Wheeldon. Sept 22–Oct 3;













Sept 24

Can’t Beat a Classic

Romance is in the air as Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Jean-Christophe Maillot’s rendition of the classical ballet Roméo et Juliette. This is a great opportunity to see the breathtaking beauty of PNB at its best. Sept 24–Oct 4;

Sept 26

Captivating Creations

Calling all contemporary dancers! LehrerDance, a contemporary dance company based in Buffalo, NY, hits the road with its unique choreography and organic style. This month, Jon Lehrer’s group will perform at the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL. Sept 26;



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