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Culture at the Kennedy Center  

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., will honor Black History Month with a series of performances by two iconic companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Feb 1–6) and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Feb 24–25). This year, AAADT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Revelations while Bill T.’s company celebrates its 25th birthday. Feb 1–6, 24–25;


Prove You Can Dance!

Dying to land a spot on “So You Think You Can Dance”? Get your booty over to Salt Lake City (Feb 2) or L.A. (Feb 25), where FOX will be holding auditions for the show’s eighth season. You could be the next Sabra, Joshua, Jeanine or Lauren. Remember, the show’s winner gets to be on the cover of Dance Spirit—so what are you waiting for? Go audition! Feb 2 & 25;


Go Rhythm Crazy  

See the tap stars of tomorrow compete for more than $15,000 in scholarships at Chicago’s Winter Tap Jamboree. Presented by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the jamboree features three days of master classes with tap greats like Lane Alexander and includes a student showcase competition where a winner will be chosen by the audience. Feb 4–6;


Sweet Swans

No one puts on a production of Swan Lake quite like New York City Ballet. This season, the company will present just eight performances of the timeless work, so catch it while you can! Bonus if you get to see dynamic principal Sara Mearns dancing the lead role. Feb 13;







Photos top to bottom: Lauren Froderman, winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 7, by Frank Micelotta/Fox; New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake, by Paul Kolnik.

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