ISRAEL FOLKDANCE FESTIVAL OF BOSTON It’s billed as the country’s premier festival dedicated to the celebration of folk dance from Israel, and this 38th annual event gathers more than 20 performing groups from Boston and across the United States. Performances feature traditional as well as contemporary Jewish and Israeli folk music and dance. March 9, 3-5 p.m. MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge. www.bostonfestival.org
CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS Gutsy and inventive, Brown (pictured) has created works for companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women, but her own superb company best showcases her vividly distinctive voice as a provocateur drawing on a wealth of influences. World Music/CRASHarts presents the company’s Boston debut. March 14-15. Tickets: $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103, www.worldmusic.org
SPRING CELESTIALS Dance Currents artistic director and choreographer Kathy Hassinger took inspiration for three recent works from moments of what she calls “transcendent memory” — birth, dawn, and time in a sacred space. Members of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra accompany the dancers in music by Bach, Corelli, and others. March 13, First Church Cambridge, 617-779-0900, www.proarte.org. March 16, War Memorial Auditorium, Newton. 617-796-1540, www.newtoncommunitypride.org. Tickets $10-$30.
ARTS MARATHON OnStage Dance Company transforms its Somerville studio into a cabaret for this jam-packed benefit evening of dance, comedy, music, improv, and visual art. Age 18 and older. March 15, 6:30-11:30 p.m., $10 cover. OnStage Dance Company Studios, Somerville. 617-410-6732, www.onstagedanceco.com