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Nov 1

 

Jazzing It Up

 

The Alonzo King LINES Ballet is adding a kick to its fall home season by collaborating with jazz pianist Jason Moran. The San Francisco–based contemporary ballet company will perform a world premiere set to Moran’s compositions, along with its hit repertoire piece The Moroccan Project to live Moroccan music by El Hamideen. Oct 23–Nov 1; linesballet.org

 

 

Nov 6

 

Last Chance!

 

Don’t miss your chance to see Colorado Ballet’s final performance of its 2009-2010 season opener All Pointes West. This Colorado-themed program highlights the rich heritage and culture that gave the state its unique artistic point of view. With everything from romance to rodeo, this promises to be a great show! Nov 6; coloradoballet.com

 

 

Nov 11

 

Superstar Shen Wei

 

Did you love the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies? Want more? You’re in the luck! Shen Wei, the Olympic Ceremonies choreographer, brings Shen Wei Dance Arts to Portland, OR, this month. Wei’s company will perform RE:I and RE:III, based on Wei’s personal experiences in Tibet and China. Nov 11; whitebird.org

 

 

Nov 12

A Fräulein Frenzy

 

Take a little do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti and add some popping, locking and breaking to get a taste of Doug Elkins & Friends’ performance of Fräulein Maria. This urban musical is a hysterical spoof on The Sound of Music that includes a “Do Re Me” club party and a beat-dropping hip-hop solo to “Climb Every Mountain.” Catch it this month in Philadelphia, PA. Nov 12–14; danceaffiliates.org

 

 

Nov 12

 

ABT Goes to Beijing

 

For the first time, American Ballet Theatre will travel to China’s capital city to perform at the new National Centre for the Performing Arts. The company’s program will include the full-length ballet Don Quixote, as well as repertory works from its Avery Fisher Hall season. Nov 12–13; abt.org

 

 

Nov 26

 

Swinging with Style

 

The 2009 US OPEN Swing Dance Championships are here again! Swing dancers from across the country will come to Anaheim, CA, to strut their stuff in hopes of taking home a small part of the $50,000 in cash and prizes. Dancer or not, this is one show you don’t want to miss! Nov 26–29; usopenswingdc.com

 

 

Nov 21

 

Contagious Contemporary

 

Portland-based contemporary ballet company Northwest Dance Project heads to Arizona to showcase the world premiere of three new works. This young company offers a cool, fresh canvas for both established and emerging choreographers. Nov 21; delewebbcenter.org

 

 

 

Photo of Caroline Rocher and Brett Conway of LINES Ballet by Marty Sohl

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