Best Upcoming Dance Performances In Washington DC

June 17, 2013 8:00 AM


Few things release and convey our inner emotions like dance. Dance can express our joy, sadness, pain, frustration, anger and ecstasy. It can be elegant, evocative, exciting and ethereal. Check out these upcoming local performances.

Public Displays Of Motion
Dance Place
3225 8th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-1600

Date: June 22-23, 2013

If you enjoy many types of dance styles, then this is the performance for you. And if you’ve always wanted to step outside of the box and get a taste of how other cultures express themselves through dance, this is a must-see. Dance genres including hip hop, flamenco, hula, Sri Lankan and contemporary are performed by talented dancers including Asanga Domask, Anna Menendez, Christopher K. Morgan and Urban Artistry. Performances are to the preludes of Rachmaninoff in Future Preludes. Led by Peter DiMuro, this contrast of spicy flamenco, native Sri Lankan and contemporary dance set against classical arrangements is both mind-bending and intriguing.

Mirror And Music
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: Sept. 12-13, 2013

Artistic director, choreographer and dancer Saburo Teshigawara is the driving force behind this 2009 work which is making its Kennedy Center debut. According to the Kennedy Center, the dance-art installation examines the “simultaneously tangible and intangible nature of music and the reflection we see when we look into the mirror.” A total of eight dancers perform, including Teshigawara, forming dark silhouettes against a contrasting background. A native of Tokyo, Teshigawara formed his company of performers known as KARAS in 1985 along with Kei Miyata. The talents of this choreographer/director extend to art and film, as well as set lighting and design and costume design.

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Teal Tides: With Dignity And Dance
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-7993

Date: June 29, 2013

This special night of dance is a fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. DC-area dance companies like Taurus Broadhurst Dance, LillyVonn Dance and Hollow Dance Project will perform. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), ovarian cancer is the deadliest and second most common gynecologic cancer. Increased research funding, heightened awareness and early detection are key to increased survival rates. Also featured during this unique night will be the story of how a local cancer survivor used “dignity and dance” to navigate through the challenges of her own ovarian cancer diagnosis. Event organizers will also be honoring ovarian cancer patients at the performance.

Ballet – American Dance Institute
American Dance Institute
1570 E. Jefferson St.
Rockville, MD 20852
(855) 263-2623

Date: Sept. 20-21, 2013

The American Dance Institute brings you new material from select choreographers in the DC area. Under the direction of former Washington Ballet dancer Runqiao Du, Ballet ADI is the resident company of the American Dance Institute. The dance company features classical and contemporary ballet works performed by professional dancers in the DC area. Past performances have included new works choreographed by Du, along with excerpts from classical ballets. The American Dance Institute operates by the philosophy that the best learning results from a collaborative relationship between conservatory (a school devoted to arts such as dance) and professional practice.

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