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Charlotte Arts ’18-19: Dance

“Walking Mad” returns to Charlotte Ballet.
“Walking Mad” returns to Charlotte Ballet. Jeff Cravotta

Blumenthal Performing Arts

BPA brings national tours to various venues, usually Belk Theater at 130 N. Tryon St. or Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org; blumenthalarts.org.

Sept. 23: “Crayzee Creative: The Artists’ Showcase.” A choreographers’ showcase by CrazeeBeat Dance.

Sept. 25-29: “Tablao Flamenco,” a journey through the elements of traditional flamenco: baile (dance), cante (singing), toque (guitar) and jaleo (vocals).

Sept. 26: “iLluminate.” The brainchild of Miral Kotb, who combined her two passions of dance and software engineering to create customized wireless lighting programs that blend special visual effects and dance moves.

Nov. 12: Jessica Lang Dance. The Charlotte premiere of a choreographer who does female-driven contemporary ballet. Her work incorporates inspirations from visual art, theater, human anatomy and the nuances of bodily gesture.

Dec. 19: National Ballet Theatre of Odessa does Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

Dec. 26-29: “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker” returns, moving Tchaikovsky’s story to modern New York City and adding an onstage electric violinist and mixes by a live DJ.

Caroline Calouche And Company

Troupe combining floor movement and aerial work performs around the city, mostly at Booth Playhouse. carolinecalouche.org.

Sept. 15-16: “Perspective,” the company’s first building dance – aerial dancers will perform on the large walls that straddle the Mint Museum Uptown’s main staircase, as part of the debut of the interactive light/sound installation Lumisonica.

Dec. 7-9: “Clara’s Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker,” set partly to Tchaikovsky’s music.

Feb. 8-9, 2019: “Rouge,” cabaret-style comedy and thrills for a slightly more mature audience.

April 12-13: “Lingua.” This full-length world premiere expands a 20-minute piece from 2014. It uses dance, circus arts, theater and music to examine how people who speak different languages perceive time and space. Audience members sit onstage with performers, and their responses to performers’ questions create a different show each time.

Charlotte Ballet

The region’s only fully professional dance company does a mix of works classic and modern, usually at Belk or Knight theaters or at McBride-Bonnefoux Center for Dance at 701 N. Tryon St. 704-372-0101; charlotteballet.org.

Oct. 11-13: “Fall Works.” Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free,” a new piece set to Leonard Bernstein’s music by Sasha Janes, Medhi Walerski’s “Petite Cérémonie.”

Dec. 7-23: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s version of “The Nutcracker.” The annual “Night at The Nutcracker” event is Dec. 9.

Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2019: “Innovative Works.” New Shakespeare-themed pieces choreographed by Peter Chu and Stephanie Martinez come from their interaction with Andrew Hartley and Lynne Conner, Shakespeare experts from UNC Charlotte.

March 2: “Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte” gala fundraiser.

March 8-17: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s “Peter Pan.” This light-hearted version removes the sadness from James Barrie’s novel about parentless boys on an uncharted island.

April 25-27: “Spring Works.” David Dawson’s “Opus 11,” Johan Inger’s “Walking Mad” and a new work by Helen Pickett.

May 16-18: “Choreographic Lab,” new works by Charlotte Ballet members that have been prepared throughout the season.

Charlotte Youth Ballet

Young performers and imported professionals blend in classical ballet productions, usually at CPCC’s Halton Theatre. charlotteyouthballet.org.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2: “The Nutcracker.”

March 15-17, 2019: “Cinderella.”

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