From classical to contemporary, dance is diverse this season. Ballet Rocks! the McPherson Playhouse Oct. 23 to 25 with an athletic, entertaining performance. Ballet BC celebrates 30 years with a triple bill program that includes three of the world’s most exciting choreographers and 14 finely trained ballet dancers, Nov. 13 and 14. From Dec. 4 to 6, Dance Victoria hosts the Alberta Ballet with the Victoria Symphony in a special presentation of the Nutcracker. The Victoria Symphony will whisk you away to a fantasyland Dec 27 to 29, where nothing exists except you, the music and the wonder filled story of The Gift. Each year Ballet Victoria’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker offers new vignettes and characters who join in their traditional Christmas Eve party.
Dance Victoria presents Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal Feb. 26 and 27 with Kosmos by Greece’s Andonis Foniadakis; Rouge by Brazil’s Rodrigo Pedeneiras; and Mono Lisa (work in progress) by Israel’s Itzik Galili. The drama of Shakespeare and the unbridled creativity of Ballet Victoria unite in a passionate fusion in Romeo and Juliet March 8 and 9. Kidd Pivot & Electric Company perform March 11 and 12 while Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, choreographed by Montreal’s Mark Godden, on April 1 and 2. On May 20 and 21, see the performance that established Ballet Victoria’s unique artistic voice, Cinderella.
Those looking for more urban and street-style dance can check out So You Think You Can Dance Season 12’s top 10 on stage at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Jan. 7.