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Critic’s picks: Dance

Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren.

Andrew Eccles

Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren.

COPPÉLIA Boston Ballet performs Balanchine’s version of this charming classic. Set to a delicious score by Léo Delibes, it features a silly, sweet plot, based on an E.T.A. Hoffmann tale about a doll who seems to come to life. But it’s really about fantasizing the romantic ideal and coming to graceful terms with reality — oh, and dynamite choreography. Great for the whole family. Through May 26. $29-$142. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (above) Sunday is the last day to catch the venerable troupe in its annual Celebrity Series engagement. The afternoon program features “Strange Humors,” by company artistic director Robert Battle, Garth Fagan’s “From Before,” and Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace,” before closing with Ailey’s beloved signature work, “Revelations.” May 19, 3 p.m. $30-$75. Citi Wang Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.celebrityseries.org

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JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company ends its season with the final performance of “Method & Madness.” The program pairs “Escape,” one of Mateo’s most compelling and visually alluring ballets, set to Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s spare, elegiac Concerto for Guitar and Violin, with the choreographer’s “Over and Over,” set to Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 2. May 19, 4 p.m. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

GREEN STREET STUDIOS SHARED CONCERT The intrepid Cambridge dance center’s recent residency program generated new choreography by Jean Appolon, Tara McCrystal, Jessica Pretty, and David Sun. This concert of premieres showcases the fruits of their creative sojourn. May 24-25, 8 p.m. $10, $15 after May 23. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-664-3191

KAREN CAMPBELL

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