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    The ticket: Dance

    Matthew Murphy

    DORRANCE DANCE A testament to Michelle Dorrance’s considerable chops and imagination, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival presents her company in a rare, two-week engagement of the tap sensation’s new show. The world premiere “ETM: The Initial Approach” features Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, original tap dance instruments created by Nicholas Young, and vocalist Aaron Marcellus performing live. Be warned: Dorrance Dance sold out last season’s Pillow visit. (Pictured: Dorrance.) July 16-27, $19-$45. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    BALLET 2014 New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht gathers some of his talented peers in the ballet world for what promises to be an intriguing program of contemporary ballets, including Christopher Wheeldon’s “Liturgy,” Benjamin Millepied’s “Two Hearts,” a collaboration with composer Nico Muhly, and the world premiere of a duet by Emery LeCrone. Jerome Robbins’s buoyant “Fancy Free” is the icing on the cake. July 16-20, $19-$75. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket. 413-243-0745,

    WINDHOVER SUMMER DANCE CONCERT Forty Steps Dance and Sarah Slifer Swift share the docket for this Windhover Center for the Performing Arts presentation. Forty Steps Dance channels the natural surroundings of the outdoor stage with the animalistic “Creatures,” while Swift explores inner and outer landscapes with “Invisible Stories,” a collaboration with writer Kate Tarlow Morgan. Swift’s “Insenser,” a premiere, examines our response to watching and being watched. July 18-20, $18-$25 (children under 10 free). Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, Rockport. 978-546-3611,


    SOUTHERN VERMONT DANCE FESTIVAL The second annual four-day festival July 17-20 is packed with classes and lectures, as well as three gala concerts. Each involves a solid roster of artists embracing a range of dance styles, from tapper Ryan P. Casey to jazz-based Impulse Dance Company to former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member Catherine Cabeen performing Jones’s 1978 “Floating the Tongue.” July 17-18, $18-$25. Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. July 19, $18-$28, Redfern Arts Center, Keene, N.H.

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