SEPTEMBER

12--Manassas Dance Company at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater on NoVA's Manassas campus.

16--"Words, Beat and Movement," a multidisciplinary festival of hip-hop culture, at various venues around town, including GALA Hispanic Theatre, District of Columbia Arts Center, Lisner Auditorium and the Smithsonian. Co-produced by the Washington Performing Arts Society and Dance Place, among others. Through Oct. 24.

17--The Washington Ballet performs works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato and Artistic Director Septime Webre at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Through Sept. 19.

17--New Dance Improvisation Festival 1999 at Dance Place. Through Sept. 19.

17--Spanish Dance Theatre at Mount Vernon College's Hand Chapel. Through Sept. 19.

21--San Francisco Ballet, performing two programs. The first features works by 20th-century master Jerome Robbins, the second a new staging of "Giselle" by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. At the Kennedy Center Opera House. Through Sept. 26.

23--"Darkcorners," monologues and poems with movement, written by Terry Sidney, who performs with Chris Prince and Ken Yamaguchi-Clark, at Dance Place. Through Sept. 26.

25--Maru Montero Dance Company at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse.

OCTOBER

2--Mathilde Monnier Dance Company at Lisner Auditorium.

2--El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador at Dance Place. Through Oct. 3.

6--"Creations," DC Dance Theater's annual gala, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

9--Compagnie Kafig, a French-Algerian hip-hop dance company, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium (part of the Hip-Hop Festival). Through Oct. 10.

16--"No Less Black" by Mason/Rhynes Productions, at Dance Place. Through Oct. 17.

18--St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center.

21--"Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th-Century Ballet," a program of works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Maurice Bejart, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Through Oct. 24.

21--Martha Clarke at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Through Oct. 23.

22--The Australian Ballet at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Through Oct. 23.

22--Ballet Theatre of Annapolis at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Through Oct. 23.

23--"Boom Bap: Words and Movement," part of the Hip-Hop Festival, at Dance Place. Through Oct. 24.

23--"Maryland Youth Ballet and Friends," a benefit for the Eric Hampton Works Fund, at Montgomery College Performing Arts Center.

29--"Darpana: Dance Reflections," a festival of Indian dance, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Through Oct. 31.

30--Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.

NOVEMBER

5--"Gandhara," a collaboration between choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, sculptor John Dreyfuss, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton and others, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Through Nov. 7.

6--Mills/Wiltz Works (Joseph Mills and Alcine Wiltz) at Dance Place. Through Nov. 7.

7--Don Cossacks of Rostov at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

13--Jane Franklin Dance at Dance Place. Through Nov. 14.

19--Sankai Juku at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Through Nov. 20.

20--"Medicine Dance," a partnership between holistic practitioners and Kris O'Shee and her O'Shee Dances, at Dance Place. Through Nov. 21.

21--Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines at Dance Place.

26--"The Nutcracker," performed by the Washington Ballet, at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Through Nov. 27.

DECEMBER

3--DC Dance Theater at Mount Vernon College's Hand Chapel. Through Dec. 5.

4--"The Descent Beckons," by Susan Marshall & Company, at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.

4--Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble at the Alden Theatre.

4--Karen & Alvin with Lacy & Shade at Dance Place. Through Dec. 5.

4--Sean Curran Solos, featuring the former "Stomp" performer, at Gunston Arts Center. Through Dec. 5.

8--"The Nutcracker," performed by the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet, at the Kennedy Center. Through Dec. 12.

10--"The Nutcracker," performed by the Washington Ballet, at the Warner Theatre. Through Dec. 26.

11--Carla & Company with Carla's Kids at Dance Place. Through Dec. 12.

11--"The Nutcracker," performed by Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Through Dec. 19.

14--Dance Theatre of Harlem, performing a world premiere and works by Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell, Dwight Rhoden and others, at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Through Dec. 19.

26--"The Nutcracker," performed by the Maryland Youth Ballet, at Montgomery College's Performing Arts Center. Through Jan. 2.