Save the Date

Last Call for Houston

Head to Minnesota for your last chance to catch the Houston Ballet II on tour this season. Nov 2 & 4;

Corella in California

If you haven’t seen Corella Ballet in action yet, now’s your chance. Angel Corella, also a principal at American Ballet Theatre, is taking his company to L.A. for its much-anticipated West Coast debut. Nov 5–7;



A Star-Studded Spectacular

Career Transition For Dancers celebrates its 25th anniversary with a glamorous night of dinner, dancing and honorees Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown. Nov 8;




North Carolina Goes Green

North Carolina Dance Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary season with its popular Innovative Works series. But this year there’s a twist—all the works are inspired by various environmental themes, such as conservation, pollution and waste. Bonus: an exciting premiere by resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden! Nov 11–13;


40 Years Plus Two Premieres

For 40 years, Ballet Hispanico has been celebrating Latino cultures through dance. This month, the company kicks off a two-week series at NYC’s Joyce Theater featuring two world premieres, one revival and three classic favorites. Nov 30–Dec 12;


Photos from top to bottom: Houston Ballet II in The Long and Winding Road by Amitava Sarkar; NCDT's Jamie Dee, David Ingram and Kara Wilkes by Jeff Cravotta.

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