Baba Chuck Davis with Coyaba Dance Theater performing at DanceAfrica in 2011. (Enoch Chan)

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3 DanceAfrica, DC 2012. Performances by the African Heritage Dancers, Ezibu Muntu, Ammamre Mma Dance Theatre and Coyaba Dance Theater in honor of Griot Chuck Davis and other notables from the world of pan-African dance. At Dance Place.

*3 “Coppelia.” The Bolshoi Ballet, led by new artistic director Sergei Filin, performs Petipa and Cecchetti’s classical ballet comedy about mistaken identity. At Kennedy Center, Opera House.

3 Jones-Haywood Founder’s Day Concert. Guest choreographers Arla Scott, Liza Springer-Pepper, Sonia Dawkins, Neil Whitehead and Jones-Haywood Dance School faculty members present new works. At American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre.

14 “Origins: One Heart Beat — The History of African-American Dance and Music.” The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School in partnership with Urban Artistry celebrates their 10th year with their first dance concert, featuring 80 dancers accompanied by a choir, string and percussion ensembles. At THEARC. Through June 15.

15 Gabrielle Revlock, Nicole Bindler and Kelly Bond. Revlock and Bindler collaborate on “I made this for you,” a commentary on competition and audience engagement, and Bond’s solo work “Splitting the Difference” explores the body as anagram. At Dance Place. Through June 16.

15 Riverdance. The Irish dance show returns for its 14th season at Wolf Trap. At Filene Center. Through June 17.

16 “Dreams of the Warrior Princess.” CityDance Conservatory dancers and students perform a variety of genres, from ballet to Bollywood, weaving together the Jataka tale of the golden goose and the legend of the princess warrior of Manipur. At Music Center at Strathmore.

16 “Seeing With Our Hearts.” CityDance Conservatory dancers perform a program highlighting the contemporary, classical and fusion repertory of the 2011-12 season, with original choreography by faculty. At Music Center at Strathmore.

17 “Futurology.” VF Dance Theater travels to the year 3012 to predict future social and cultural norms through music, movement and costumes. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

21 “Happy Endings.” Jane Franklin Dance manipulates a life-size kinetic sculpture under the Beatley Library rotunda in a project sponsored by the Alexandria Arts Commission and Public Art Committee. At Charles E. Beatley Library. Through July 24.

*21 Step Afrika!’s Home Performance Series. After a year of international touring, the Washington-based company returns for a production exploring hip-hop and technology. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through July 1.

*23 “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” The Washington Ballet performs a new, family-friendly adaptation of the C.S. Lewis fantasy by Septime Webre and David Palmer, Imagination Stage’s Janet Stanford and composer Matthew Pierce. At Imagination Stage. Through June 24.

*23 DancEthos and Word Dance Theater. DancEthos Artistic Director Tiffany Haughn presents “The In Between,” exploring the experience of living with a life-threatening illness, Vladimir Angelov presents “Framework,” about a portrait of a woman that comes to life, and Word Dance Theater presents some of Isadora Duncan’s rarely seen Russia work from the 1920s alongside new choreography by Cynthia Word. At Dance Place. Through June 24.

*26 Ballet Hispanico. The company performs an all-Cuban program including “Guajira,” celebrating the women of the Cuban countryside; “Asuka,” a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz; and “Club Havana,” featuring the rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha-cha. At Wolf Trap, Filene Center.

30 Saya Caporal Dance Competition 2012. Dancers compete in the Caporales Bolivian folk dance style, characterized by fast movement and colorful costumes. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

*30 “Vaudevival.” Combing through 20th-century American vernacular dance and popular entertainment, Good Foot Dance Company examines the cyclical nature of art and society, with special guests Baakari Wilder and Capitol Tap. At Dance Place. Through July 1.


*5 “Giselle.” The Paris Opera Ballet performs the classic ballet about a peasant girl whose ghost protects her lover from vengeful spirits after her death, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through July 8.

7 New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase. Dance Place’s annual curated showcase features some of the best new works by established and emerging choreographers. At Dance Place. Through July 8.

13 Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Dance company D-Projects debuts “Fat Boy,” a breaking/dubstep dance-theater mash-up written and directed by Teo Castellanos. At Dance Place. Through July 14.

14 “Dream in a Bottle.” Kenny for the King performs a work based on his struggles with life’s demons, vices and decisions set to spoken word written and performed by Stacy Lewis. At Atlas Performing Arts Center.

21 Stefanie Diahann Belnavis. The Jamaican-born dance artist and choreographer blends Jamaican folk, contemporary modern, spoken word, live drumming and pedestrian-based movement. At Dance Place. Through July 22.

27 “Dark Side of the Crown.” Bellydance Evolution’s theatrical dance show blending Eastern and Western styles in a tale of murder and deceit. At American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre.

28 Nora Gibson Performance Project. The minimalist work “Vested Souls” depicts the struggle of the everyman in an uncertain economic climate, focusing on compositional austerity and precise movement. At Dance Place. Through July 29.

*31 Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company. The Tony Award-winning director/choreographer’s modern dance troupe premieres “Story/Time,” a series of one-minute autobiographical stories. At Wolf Trap, Filene Center.


2 Step Afrika! The dance company makes its Hylton Center debut with a program for young audiences. At Hylton Performing Arts Center.

4 Holly Bass and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. The duo performs “Double Consciousness.” At Dance Place. Through Aug. 5.

6 Chinese-American Youth Arts Festival. Dance, music and martial arts performances by Chinese and Washington-area artists, sponsored by the America and China International Foundation. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

11 “Cute Animals.” Jane Franklin Dance stages a performance incorporating dog owners and their dogs, beginning at Beatley Library and continuing on to the Duke Street Dog Park. Call Jane Franklin Dance to confirm the date, as it may change. At Charles E. Beatley Library.

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Ballet Hispano

The company performs an all-Cuban program including “Asuka,” shown, “Guajira” and “Club Havana” at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap.