Performing Arts Guide-Dance


Oct 22- 23 LET’S DANCE You’ll be swept off your feet in this spellbinding song-and-dance pops extravaganza! Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward sing and dance to some of your favorite music. Selections include Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘Shall We Dance’; Strauss’ ‘Thunder and Lightning Polka’; Berlin’s ‘Monte Carlo Ballet’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek;’ Leroy Anderson’s ‘Blue Tango;’ and much more. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 354-5547,

Oct 29 at 7:30 pm DRACULA Sink your teeth into Dance Alive’s version of Dracula. Travelers to the crumbling castle of the Count find themselves threatened by Dracula and his three “brides.” Phillips Center For the Performing Arts, Gainesville, (352) 392-ARTS,

Nov 14 at 2 pm CINDERELLA Known for combining the rigors and timeless beauty of classical technique with updated looks, special effects and digital technology, the State Street Ballet gives each tale a modern, passionate and unique twist. Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine, 797-2800,

Nov 18- 21 EVENING OF DANCE Florida School of the Arts/St. Johns River Community College, (386) 312-4300,

Nov 18- 20 FALL DANCE CONCERT Dance faculty will create inspiring new works highlighting JU students’ versatility while captivating audiences with their talent. Guest artists will thrill with their diversity and adaptations of modern themes. JU’s Swisher Theater, 256-7345,

Nov 27 at 8 pm BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY From Folkdance translated into the modern stage, Bayanihan carefully advances into folklore, and beyond, with Filipino history and national identity as its guide. Florida Theatre, 355-2787,

Dec 17- 19 FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER Enter the world of childlike imagination as the First Coast Nutcracker showcases award-winning principal dancers Janessa Touchet and Ogulcan Borova. This year’s dance corps is one of the finest ever and you’ll thrill to Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies performed live by your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 354-5547,

Dec 17- 19 THE NUTCRACKER Become entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling Court, enchanted by the swirling snowflakes and breathtaking snow, and cheer for the tiny toy soldiers and their leader, the handsome Nutcracker Prince. A sparkling production from Dance Alive with beautiful costumes and sets. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, (352) 392-ARTS,

Jan 8 at 8 pm SWAN LAKE The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Simply one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake (with gorgeous music by Tchaikovsky) is based on a German fairy tale and follows the heroic young Prince Siegfried as he labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden, Odette, from an evil sorcerer’s spell. Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 632-3373 or 1-888-860-BWAY,

Feb 10-12 WINTER DANCE CONCERT For this celebrated series of performances, graduating dance seniors will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography with original works. To compliment this production, JU alumnus Lisa Clarson will set a series of Broadway style dances entitled Sweet Charity Suite. JU’s Swisher Theater, 256-7345,

Feb 22 at 7:30 pm TANGO INFERNO The Fire Within From the home of tango the world’s most acclaimed tango company, the Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires, returns to North America with their brand new show. It’s a dazzling display of tango at its most seductive and fiery. Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 632-3373 or 1-888-860-BWAY,

Feb 26 at 7:30 pm SWAN LAKE By The Russian National Ballet Back by popular demand, and in the great tradition of grand Russian ballet, the Russian National Ballet Theatre returns with its magical production of Swan Lake. Thrasher-Horne Center, Orange Park, 276-6750,