It’s the 28th year of the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME, and droves of modern dancers and choreographers will be coming together for the six-week series of events. Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, COCo Dance Theatre and AXIS Dance Company are all on the lineup. Don’t miss out! July 10–Aug 7; batesdancefestival.org
Tappers, pack your bags for the first-ever Jersey Tap Fest. This four-day festival will include classes for all levels, a free Shim Sham class, jam sessions, a youth showcase, history lessons with the legendary Dr. Harold Cromer and so much more. With a faculty including Jason Janas, Sarah Reich and Maurice Chestnut, you’ll come away from the weekend with improved skills and a whole lotta inspiration! July 14–17; jerseytapfest.com
Ah, Vail: The mountains, the open air—and the all-star lineup of dancers! The Vail International Dance Festival, under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, hits Colorado this month, and it’s packed with talent. Big names on the lineup include Savion Glover; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Clifton Brown, Jamar Roberts and Matthew Rushing; New York City Ballet’s Robert Fairchild, Wendy Whelan and Tiler Peck; and American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin and Herman Cornejo. July 27–Aug 10; vaildance.org
Bill T. Beyond Broadway
Bill T. Jones has had a mega-hit year with Fela! on Broadway. But the dance dynamo is making time to take his company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, on the road this summer. Catch the dancers performing Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. July 28; spac.org
Photos from top to bottom: Doug Varone and Dancers by Phil Knott; Tiler Peck rehearsing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail in 2008 by Erin Baiano.