April 4-8. SMU Meadows Spring Dance Concert. A retrospective of seven of the signature works of renowned jazz choreographer Danny Buraczeski, who is retiring from the Meadows dance faculty after 13 years of extraordinary teaching. He was recently recognized as the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Year. Buraczeski’s choreography has traced a clear and deep investigation of jazz - its sources and ongoing evolution - with keen attention paid to the rich lineage of individual performers and movement makers. It has been presented at major venues both nationally and internationally and has been commissioned by highly respected organizations such as the Walker Art Center and the Library of Congress. He has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the Bush Foundation and McKnight Foundation, and he was named Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis StarTribune in 2000. The concert will feature SMU dancers as well as the Zenon Dance Company from Minneapolis, which performed Buraczeski’s critically acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheel in 2016 in Cuba. | April 4-6 at 8 PM, April 7 at 7:30 PM and April 8 at 2 PM| Bob Hope Theatre in the Owen Arts Center at SMU, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205 | $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students, faculty & staff | http://mcs.smu.edu/calendar/node/1891 | Call the Meadows box office at 214-768-2787
April 6-7. DBDT: Encore! - Rising Excellence 2018. Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Takehiro Ueyama's "Kizuna" is a sensitive contrast yet compelling work, blending the powerful athleticism of DBDT: Encore! with the delicate movements of Japanese heritage. | April 6 and 7 at 7:30 PM | Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201 | DBDT.com | 214-880-0202
April 6-7. Gaite Parisienne and Other Ballets. The Ballet Ensemble of Texas presents an explosive program with new and time honored classic works which you don’t want to miss. The program opens with a new work choreographed by BET director Allan Kinzie titled Jardin Sacré. Honoring the traditions of classical imperial ballet of Russia, BET members dance to the sublime music of Anton Arensky after a theme by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Following Jardin Sacré, BET will present the “Three Themes” from The Temperaments, choreography by George Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust. Permission was granted to offer this astounding work from the Balanchine Trust and was set by former New York City Ballet member, Michele Gifford. “Three Themes” exemplifies the master of neo-classical style and purity of movement and should not be missed. Diamonds is the next work on the program and is a dynamic ballet of athleticism and power by Thom Clower. Diamonds is a pulse pounding balletic extravaganza that will have the audience on the edge of their seats. This ballet has no bounds and shows the physicality of the art of ballet. The program closes with Susan Trevino’s Gaité Parisienne and is an absolute delight. The music by Jaques Offenbach is romantic and whimsical. The dancers of BET and the choreography by Susan Trevino do not disappoint and everyone who sees this work will be transported to the glory days of 19th Century Paris conjuring up images of the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and the bohemian world that exemplified that golden age of Paris. This production is sponsored by the City of Coppell, the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The performance of “Three Themes” from The Four Temperaments, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique Service standards established and provided by the Trust. | April 6-7 at 7:30 PM | Irving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062 | $25-$30 | irvingartscenter.com | balletensembleoftexas.org | 972-745-0199
April 7-8. Dance Planet. Dance Planet 22 will feature a diverse and stimulating representation of dance to appeal to all. The event will be held at the beautiful facility and studios of Booker T. Washington HSPVA and will feature all-day dance performances of dance styles from around the world, as well as master classes from the many talented area dance instructors Dallas has to offer, but the highlight this year is the notable line-up of headliner special guest teachers! Headlining the master classes will be Sarah Lane, recently promoted Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre in New York City; Phil Wright, one of LA’s most sought-after choreographers and Hip Hop celebrity; and Angela Harris, Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas in Atlanta who trained at Dance Theatre of Harlem and had a successful career in in ballet, theatre and choreography. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201 | Free | www.thedancecouncil.org
April 14-15. Youth Ballet of Texas presents Cinderella. The magical beauty of Prokofiev's score brings this fairy tale favorite to life. This new version of Cinderella has original choreography by Jennifer Dulin, danced by Youth Ballet of Texas and students from Texas Youth Ballet Conservatory | April 14 at 7 PM and April 15 at 2 PM | McKinney North High School, 2550 Wilmeth Road, McKinney, TX 75071 | $15 adults/$10 children/seniors/group, Door prices | $20/$15 | www.youthballetoftexas.org | 214-477-9434 | ticket questions Chris Dulin 214-417-4484
April 19-21. Texas Woman's University Department of Dance presents Dance UpClose Concert Series. TWU is the proud home of one of the most contemporary arts programs in the country producing progressive. | Thursday April 19 at 4 PM; Friday April 20 at 7 PM; Saturday April 21 at 7 PM | Studio Black Box Theatre on Bell Avenue at the NE corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive, Denton, TX | $5 students/seniors; $10 General; Ages 12 and under-free | https://twu.edu/dance/events-and-performances/concerts/ | 940-898-2086
April 20-21. Beckles Dancing Company presents Pomare Plus: Works by Eleo Pomare and Others. Beckles Dancing Company invites you to share Pomare Plus: works by Eleo Pomare and others. Pomare was able to strip away the veneer, revealing reality and inspiration, eloquently and viscerally in dance. His work remains pertinent today. | April 20-21 at 8:00 PM | South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas TX 75210 | $25.
April 21-22. Avant Chamber Ballet presents Moving Music. Closing the Avant Chamber Ballet 2017-18 season is Moving Music– an innovative evening of new works and great masterpieces featuring George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Paul Mejia’s Serenade in A, Christopher Wheeldon’s The American pas de deux and Women’s Choreography Project all with live music. For the fourth year of the groundbreaking Women’s Choreography Project, Avant Chamber Ballet is commissioning two new works from female choreographers. First is Michelle Thompson Ulerich, the winner of an international application process, and second is a new work from Bruce Wood Dance Project’s artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh. | April 21 at 7:30 PM and April 22 at 2:30 PM | Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201 | $55-$20 | www.avantchamberballet.org | 214-871-5000
April 26-28. Texas Woman's University Department of Dance presents DanceMakers Concert Series.
TWU is the proud home of one of the most contemporary arts programs in the country producing progressive dance. | Thursday April 26 at 4 PM; Friday April 27 at 7 PM; Saturday April 28 at 7 PM | Margo Jones Performance Hall in the Music Building at Oakland Avenue and Sawyer Street, Denton, TX | $5 students/seniors; $10 General; Ages 12 and under free | https://twu.edu/dance/events-and-performances/concerts/ | Penny Lewis 940-898-2086
April 28. Allen Civic Ballet presents Bravo! The Allen Civic Ballet invites you to an exciting evening of classical and contemporary dance with guest appearances by some of Allen's most talented musicians, actors and singers. | April 2 at 7:00 PM | Performing Arts Center at Allen High School, 300 Rivercrest Dr., Allen, Texas | $15-$30 | allencivicballet.org | 972-467-0712
April 28. Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation, under the Artistic Direction of Revathi Satyu presents Bollywood and Beyond: Bollywood and Jazz. 5pm. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St, Dallas TX 75201. $100,$50,$25. www.ticketDFW.com www.ichf-us.org 214-587-1729