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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the September 12,

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Dance Preview

Central New Jersey dance audiences are among the most

engaged and knowledgeable to be found anywhere, I’ve come to believe.

Among the points of note in my unscientific survey of last season:

The acclaim that greeted American Repertory Ballet’s all-woman


program "Dancing Through the Ceiling" at McCarter Theater,

and how the audience singled out its best work, by Dominique Dumais,

for its most lavish applause. Then there are our tireless audiences

that cheerfully stay out past 11 p.m. on a week night to ask smart

questions of such leading choreographers as Mark Morris and Bill T.


The audience was just as discriminating, I noted, when they flocked

to the exits during the second intermission of the David Parsons Dance

Company evening at McCarter, long on overblown production gimmicks

and short on dance ideas. And at State Theater, audiences flock to

movement feasts of dance by diverse cultures, from urban American

tap, to Argentinean tango, to African tribal dance and music.

The coming season offers an array of choices in dance, covering all

of the above and more. And for those who want to know more about


in the state, the season begins with the second annual Discover Dance

New Jersey three-day festival at Community Theater, in Morristown.

Celebrating Dance, New Jersey

Community Theater , 100 South Street, Morristown,


A three-day festival of performances by area dance companies featuring

Randy James Dance Works, Nai-Ni Chen Dance, Acrodanse Theater Company,

New Jersey Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Company, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Kennedy Dancers, Ramos Dance, Terra

Firma Dance, and Alborada Spanish Dance Theater. October 5 and 6,

at 8 p.m.; October 7, at 3 p.m.

American Rep Ballet

At State Theater , Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick,


Dance For All . Season opens with a family program,


by Graham Lustig’s ballet company in collaboration with Carolyn


modern dance company. $20, $26, $32. Friday, September 22, 8 p.m.

Once Upon a Time . Family program with dramatic


features "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the storybook

by Maurice Sendak, and Graham Lustig’s "Midsummer Night’s


$20, $26, $32. Friday, October 19, 7 p.m., and Saturday, October 20,

2 p.m.

The Nutcracker . American Repertory Ballet’s all new


of the holiday classic, choreographed by Graham Lustig, with decor

and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown. Tchaikovsky’s

sparkling score performed by a live orchestra. $16 to $32. December

15 and 16.

Dance Theater of Harlem . Benefit performance by New York’s

premiere classical ballet company to benefit the Dance Power, ARB’s

innovative dance in the public schools program. $20, $26, $32. Friday,

November 9, 8 p.m.

American Repertory Ballet at Patriots Theater at the

War Memorial, West Lafayette Street, Trenton, 609-984-8400.

Once Upon a Time . Family program with dramatic


features "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the storybook

by Maurice Sendak, and Graham Lustig’s "Midsummer Night’s


$20, $26, $32. Saturday, November 3, 7 p.m.

The Nutcracker . the new production of the holiday classic,

choreographed by Graham Lustig. $20 to $32. December 22 and 23, 1


American Repertory Ballet at McCarter Theater, 91

University Place, 609-258-2787.

The Nutcracker . The dynamic regional company’s new


of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic. $26 to $38. November 21, 23, 24,

25, and 26.

Dancing Through the Ceiling . Artistic director Graham

Lustig presents his second showcase for women choreographers featuring

new commissioned works. $20, $26, $32. March 12, 8 p.m.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787.

Bangarra Dance Theater . From Australia, the company


in 1989 to promote wide knowledge of the Aboriginal and Islander


Its performers were featured at the opening ceremony of the Sidney

Olympics. $27 & $30. October 2, 8 p.m.

Gypsy Caravan . An evening of music and dance of the Roma

people featuring four top ensembles that hail from Roma homelands

in Rajasthan, India, and from Romania, Macedonia, and Spain. $33 &

$36. October 5, 8 p.m.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet . The former prima ballerina of

New York City Ballet presents the Balanchine Project, a company she

founded to preserve the legacy of her mentor. Program from repertory

that includes "Apollo," "Concerto Barocco,"


and "Divertimento No. 15." $35 & $38. October 23, 8 p.m.

Guangdong Modern Dance Company . China’s only professional

modern dance company, founded in 1992, on tour with "Sitting


a hypnotizing group work that draws on Chinese symbolism and


$27 & $30. November 6, 8 p.m.

Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company . The national dance

company of the Philippines performs folk and ritual dances to the

accompaniment of indigenous music. $33 & $36. November 7, 8 p.m.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company . Bill T. Jones

performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a program

that includes Jones’s "D-Man in the Waters"to Mendelssohn’s

"Octet for Strings." $35 & $38. January 29, 8 p.m.

Moiseyev Dance Company . The spectacular and colorful


Russian folk dance company under the direction of 95-year-old Igor

Moiseyev. $41 & $44. March 6, 8 p.m.

Trinity Irish Dance Company . Mark Howard’s 22-member


dance company, founded in Chicago in 1990, presents its innovative

repertoire. $35 & $38. March 13, 8 p.m.

Lyons Opera Ballet . The 30-member French company presents

an all-Ravel evening featuring Meryl Tankard’s "Bolero" and

Tero Saarinen’s "Gaspard." $35 & $38. April 16, 8 p.m.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo . The all-male comic

travesty ballet presents its intelligent, and choreographically


parodies of classic dance works with a repertoire that ranges from

"Swan Lake" to Balanchine to Martha Graham. $29 & $32. April

21, 3 p.m.

Pilobolus Dance Theater . The inventive and gymnastic


company, founded at Dartmouth College and now celebrating its 30th

anniversary, makes its 16th Princeton appearance with a program of

new works of wit, humor, and drama. $31 & $34. May 21 and 22, 8 p.m.

Paper Mill Playhouse

Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343.

The Nutcracker . New Jersey Ballet’s glittering production

of the Tchaikovsky classic begins its holiday run featuring a cast

of 100, sets by Michael Anania, with live accompaniment by the Paper

Mill Orchestra. $20 to $44. Performances December 21 through 30.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311.

Gaelforce Dance . An Irish dance and music show that


the story of two brothers who are in love with the same woman. $20

to $45. October 6, 3 p.m.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba . The legendary company led by

Cuba’s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, in "The Magic of


with excerpts from "Coppelia," "Swan Lake,"


and "Don Quixote." $20 to $38. November 15, 8 p.m.

The Parsons Dance Company . The athletic, sometimes witty,

and always popular modern dance company makes its State Theater debut.

$20 to $32. January 11, 8 p.m.

Compania Espanola de Antonio Marquez . Spanish dance from

the dynamic troupe performing such flamenco styles as boleros,


and reencuentros. $20 to $32. February 20, 8 p.m.

Purim . Gyori Hungarian Folk Ballet performs a modern


of the Old Testament Book of Esther. $20 to $38. February 28, 8 p.m.

Grigorovich Ballet Company . This Russian company of 90,

directed by veteran ballet master and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich,

performs "Swan Lake." $20 to $38. March 15 and 16, 8 p.m.

American Indian Dance Theater . Authentic American Indian

dance, music, and visual design. $16 to $22. March 20, 8 p.m.

Red Star Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble . Russia’s


dance and vocal troupe celebrate their 10th anniversary tour. $20

to $38. March 21, 8 p.m.

Momix in Orbit . The company of dancer-illusionists’


includes "Millennium Skiva," "Pleiades," and


a huge puppet creation. $20 to $32. April 12, 8 p.m.

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