Chilly? Warm up at NYC’s Joyce Theater with Tango Inferno, a touring production featuring an Argentina-based company of dancers. The show traces the evolution of tango from its origins in Buenos Aires to its current popularity on ballroom dance floors worldwide. Jan 11–23; joyce.org
Parsons Goes South
No need to go to NYC to see Parsons Dance. The modern dance troupe will perform in Hilton Head, SC, and Fayetteville, AR, as part of its 2011 U.S. tour. Jan 13 (SC), Jan 21 (AR); parsonsdance.org
The collaborative AXIS Dance Company will continue to challenge expectations about who can dance (everyone!) at the Gush Performance Festival this month. The festival takes place at San Francisco’s Brava Theater. Jan 21–23; axisdance.org
Fly Me to the Moon!
Before Come Fly Away burst onto Broadway in 2009, Twyla Tharp set her iconic choreography to Frank Sinatra’s dreamy tunes in Nine Sinatra Songs. Grand Rapids Ballet will present the classic piece, which combines elements of ballroom dance with ballet and modern dance techniques, at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI. Jan 28–Feb 6; grballet.com
After last summer’s wildly successful premiere of Gods and Marionettes, the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company will present a free encore at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Adapted from the epics of Greek mythology, the show combines LACDC’s edgy, expressive choreography with the sounds of a capella group Sonos. Jan 29; godsandmarionettes.com
Photos top to bottom: AXIS Dance Company's Sansherée Giles and Rodney Bell, by Trib Laprade; L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, by Begley and Clark Photography.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer