Boston Tap Company will be part of “On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase.”
Boston Tap Company will be part of “On Tap — Beantown Tapfest Faculty Showcase.”
Joni Lohr


Critic’s picks: A bounty of ballet, tap, and much more on local stages

THE YARD The performers at Martha’s Vineyard’s annual summer dance festival include Bessie award winners Douglas Dunn, Doug Elkins, Caleb Teicher, and Ephrat Asherie, plus Rosie Herrera Dance, the Wondertwins, the Bang Group, and Le Patin Libre. June 1-Sept. 1. $5-$25. Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. 508-645-9662,

DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 10th annual Harvard Square festival takes place around the company’s home at Old Cambridge Baptist Church. The run-up brings dance films at the Brattle Theatre June 4-6 and “Talk About Dance” June 7, focusing on “Climate Justice.” The fest on June 9 offers performances by more than 90 companies on five stages, plus introductory dance classes. That’s noon to 6 p.m., with a dance party 6-8 p.m. June 9. Free. Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

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BOSTON POPS: “DANCE TO THE MOVIES” Keith Lockhart, special guest Lesley Ann Warren, and the Boston Pops celebrate classic dance movies, with stars from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” joining singers from “American Idol” and “The Voice” in new interpretations of memorable moments from the likes of “Grease,” “Chicago,”


“Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Moulin Rouge.” June 9. $32-$104. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL The 86th season of America’s premier summer dance festival in the Berkshires brings us the Royal Danish Ballet, Pilobolus, Dorrance Dance, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Limón Dance Company, Houston Ballet, Stars of American Ballet, and much more, plus talks, classes, dance photography exhibits, and the free Inside/Out Performance Series. June 20-Aug. 26. Free-$100. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket. 413-243-0745,

THE FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE & THEM It’s dancing in the streets of Cambridge’s Central Square when the Dance Complex offers its fourth annual celebration of movement, the arts, and inclusiveness. Last year’s festival featured 25,6,7,8 Flash Mob followed by Dance Happens Here, a five-story illumination show on the facade of the Dance Complex building. This year promises “performances, classes, presentations, and opportunities for the community to come together in new ways.” June 22-24. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363,

BATES DANCE FESTIVAL The lineup includes Erica Mott Productions, Sean Dorsey Dance, Rennie Harris PureMovement, Claire Porter & Sara Juli, and company nora chipaumire. Free events include dance lessons, lecture-demonstrations, and films. July 5-Aug. 4. $12-$25. Bates College, Lewiston, Me. 207-786-6381,

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Dance legend Paul Taylor is 87, and this year his company enjoys its 11th consecutive summer at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. On the bill: “Gossamer Gallants,” which compares the mating rituals of insects and humans; the New England premiere of “Concertiana,” set to a violin concerto by contemporary composer Eric Ewazen; and longtime favorite “Company B,” in which Taylor, to the music of the Andrews Sisters, takes a sobering look at World War II. July 6-7. $10-$95. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. 413-528-0100,


PAM TANOWITZ: “FOUR QUARTETS” Pam Tanowitz doesn’t shrink from a challenge. In December, she brought an interpretation of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Now she’s taking on one of the great poetic achievements of the 20th century, T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” as part of Bard University’s SummerScape. Her score is by the distinguished Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho; there will be images by American minimalist Brice Marden, and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant will narrate the poem. July 6-8. $20-$75. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900,

CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL Headlining this fest is the Cirio Collective of Boston Ballet principal Lia Cirio and American Ballet Theatre principal (and former Boston Ballet principal) Jeffrey Cirio. It will offer new work by Jeffrey Cirio and former Boston Ballet dancer Andrea Schermoly. Also on the bill: choreography by Martha Graham Dance Company principal Abdiel Jacobsen, a reimagining by Martha Graham principal PeiJu Chien-Pott of Graham’s lost 1933 solo “Ekstasis,” and work by Project Moves, Johnny Byrne, and the Coleman Collective. July 28. $30-$100. Province Lands Outdoor Amphitheater, Provincetown. 646-734-6338,

ON TAP — BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE Julia Boynton’s tap festival includes classes, a student showcase, and a faculty panel, but the highlight is the faculty showcase, which this year offers locals Sean Fielder and Boston Tap Company, Ian Berg and Subject:Matter, Ryan Casey and Off Beat, and kathak dancer Anjali Nath. Also on the bill: New Yorkers Christopher Broughton, Lisa La Touche, and Barbara Duffy, plus Josh Hilberman and the jazz trio of Paul Arslanian, John Lockwood, and Ron Savage. Aug. 10. $36. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-616-5124,