Summer Times: Dance


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Beginning with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, dance fans can continue to fly through all that Pittsburgh has to offer, such as "The Green Swan" from The Pillow Project or thundering drums and dance from Balafon.

Beth Corning will root through "Remains," while Texture will go into "Perpetual Motion." End the season outdoors at Allegheny County parks with the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Duquesne University Tamburitzans.

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE SCHOOL: This year-end showcase involves 200 PBT students at the August Wilson Center in an assortment of ballets, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (May 10-11). 412-456-6666 or www.pbt.org.

THE PILLOW PROJECT: Second Saturdays, always a terrific multidisciplinary mix, continue throughout the summer on the second Saturday of each month, beginning May 11. Pearlann Porter will also play with parentheses in "( )" (May 17-19), then move on to the world premiere of "The Green Swan," a hyper-modernist switch on "Swan Lake" (July 28-30). The Space Upstairs. On Facebook.

DANCING CLASSROOMS PITTSBURGH: It's time for the finale, Colors of the Rainbow, with Pittsburgh Schools' fifth graders competing at Allderdice High School in the morning and expanding to an eighth grade competition in the afternoon (May 11). http:/dancingclassroomspgh.org.

BLACK RIVER AFRICAN DANCE CONFERENCE: Dance and drum masters and musicians from Guinea, Senegal and Mali conduct workshops at Pittsburgh Obama (May 17-18), along with a marketplace. It all culminates in a concert at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (May 18). www.balafon.org.

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE PRE-PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE: High school and graduate students are featured in David Lichine's comedy, "Graduation Ball," Michael Smuin's "Quattro a Verdi" and James Washington's "Beauty, The Lack Of," among others. Point Park University's George Roland White Performance Studio (May 17-19). www.pbt.org.

BALLET IN CINEMA: Emerging Pictures concludes its season with The Royal Ballet's production of "Giselle" (May 19 and 21) and Bolshoi Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" (June 2 and 4). Carmike 10, Fort Couch Road www.carmike.com and The Oaks Theater www.theoakstheater.com.

CONTINUUM DANCE THEATER: Sarah Parker's Continuum gets plenty of Pittsburgh face time with a series of informal performances, beginning with the Strip District's Bar Marco/The Union Hall (May 21, with additional dates TBA), then continuing with POP UP Seven -- open rehearsals in seven locations in different Pittsburgh neighborhoods -- and announced via Facebook. See CDT at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the New Hazlett Theater CSA Performing Arts Series PREVIEW (both June 15). On Facebook.

CORNINGWORKS: Beth Corning and the New Hazlett Theater present the premiere of "Remains -- The 2013 Glue Factory Project," a one-woman multidisciplinary project in collaboration with Tony Award-winning director Dominique Serrand. (June 5-9). www.showclix.com or 1-888-718-4253.

THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL: Dance events include a family-friendly kNOTDance (June 7), a structured improv by PearlArts with Chris McGlumphy at Katz Plaza (June 12) and a preview of Continuum Dance Theater's upcoming premiere of "Objects of DESIRE" (June 15). www.3riversartsfest.org.

PITTSBURGH PRIDEFEST: Richard Parsakian always includes a chunk of dance. This year's lineup includes Texture Contemporary Ballet, Hot Metal Muses, The Pillow Project, Jasmine Hearn, kNOTDance, The Mechanical Wizzards and STAYCEE PEARL dance project. June 16. www.pittsburghpride.org.

KELLY-STRAYHORN THEATER: Grab the kids and join the Let's Move Family Dance Party (June 22-23) or check out the "Unblurred" series at The Alloy Studios, with local choreographers and dancers (July 5 and Aug. 2). Sidra Bell Dance New York returns for a residency and preview (Aug. 5-9).

TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET: Texture celebrates its second anniversary at Pittsburgh Dance Center (July 6), then gears up for its largest performance of the season, "Perpetual Motion" at the New Hazlett Theater (July 18-21). www.textureballet.org.

OUT OF ELEMENTS. An independent artists' conversation, performance and exchange between jazz artists -- James Andrzej Rushin on keys, David Bernabo on strings, Pearlann Porter on body, Jordan Bush on chalk and Colin Pinto-Martin on skins (July 27). The Space Upstairs. On Facebook.

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE SUMMER INTENSIVE: The six-week program at the PBT Studios in the Strip District concludes with a Choreographic Showcase (July 26) and Final Performance (July 27). www.pbt.org.

AUGUST WILSON CENTER DANCE ENSEMBLE: AWCDE breaks into Allegheny County's Summer Concert series for the first time at South Park Amphitheater (Aug. 2). www.alleghenycounty.us.

EVOLVE PRODUCTIONS: Sarah Parker's educational wing sponsors a two-week intensive in August, culminating in a citywide professional showcase Aug. 2 and GENERATIONS Pre-Professional Showcase Aug. 3. evolveproductions@gmail.com.

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER DANCE: Point Park University concludes its summer intensive with a showcase featuring original works by Garfield Lemonius and Kiki Lucas, among others at the George Rowland White Performance Studio (Aug. 1-3).

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE: It's a late summer prelude to the season as PBT takes to Hartwood Acres for its annual free performance (Aug. 18). www.pbt.org.

REED SUMMER INTENSIVE: Greer Reed's high-powered intensive finishes up with a performance at the August Wilson Center (Aug. 18).

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS: The Tammies bring their Eastern European arts to South Park Amphitheater (Aug. 23). www.duq.edu/tamburitzans.

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First Published May 10, 2013 4:00 AM


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