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Top 10 upcoming dance events

Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterPaul Kolnik

THE CUBA FILES José Mateo Ballet Theatre continues its 30th-anniversary season with three works celebrating Mateo’s Cuban roots and set to the music of Cuban composers. Scheduled for an extended four-weekend run, the progam features a world premiere as well as two pieces from 2004, “Escape” and “Arroz con Mango.” Feb. 12-March 6, $42. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467,

DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! This Institute of Contemporary Art presentation aims to highlight the diversity of dance in Boston by showcasing four contemporary troupes representing distinctive styles: Daniel McCusker Dance Projects, Navarasa Dance Theater, Jean Appolon Expressions, and Wendy Jehlen/Lacina Coulibaly. Participating choreographers also will discuss how different forms of dance influenced their work. Feb. 12-13, $15-$30. ICA. 617-478-3103,


TOROBAKA With bare feet and boots, bells and drums, British kathak dancer Akram Khan and Spanish contemporary flamenco artist Israel Galván join forces for a fusion/face-off that illuminates the similarities and differences in the rhythmic power and complexity of their respective genres. The Celebrity Series show features live music. Feb. 27-28, $35-$75.
Citi Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

He hails from one of the great Gyspy flamenco dynasties, and for this Flamenco Festival 2016 program, presented by World Music/CRASHarts, he performs the Boston premiere of “Improvisao,” which celebrates the roots of his flamenco puro aesthetic. The show includes guest dancer Gema Moneo, four singers, two guitarists, and a percussionist.
March 6, $40-$79. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275,

COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI This intriguing company features a dozen French-Algerian and African men, most of whom have backgrounds in hip-hop and street dance. But the choreography mines capoeira, martial arts, ballet, and contemporary dance as well. For the troupe’s Boston debut, the fluidly acrobatic “Ce que le jour doit à la nuit” (What the Day Owes the Night) also includes evocative Sufi imagery. March 11-12, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art.


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER The popular company’s return to Boston each year always seems like a herald of spring. This time, the troupe’s engagement includes works by Ailey, artistic director Robert Battle, Rennie Harris, Paul Taylor, Ronald K. Brown, and Talley Beatty. March 17-20, $35-$85. Citi Wang Theatre. 617-482-6661,

ROCÍO MOLINAThis imaginative, powerful young dynamo is on the forefront of modern flamenco, melding the art form with contemporary influences while staying grounded in its rich tradition. She performs the Boston premiere of “Danzaora & Vinática,” with live musical accompaniment. Presented by World Music/CRASH-arts. March 19, $40-$79. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275,

KALEIDOSCOPEBoston Ballet’s lively program focuses on work by 20th-century masters, from Balanchine’s neoclassic “Kammermusik No. 2” to William Forsythe’s edgy, virtuosic “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.” Performances also include Leonid Yacobson’s lyrical “Pas de Quatre” and Léonide Massine’s exuberant “Gaîté Parisienne.” March 17-26, $35-$149. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGOFor nearly four decades, this talented, stylistically diverse company has been a dynamic force in the creation and performance of contemporary dance. The program for the troupe’s Celebrity Series engagement features choreography by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, and Penny Saunders. April 15-17, $35-$75. Citi Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661,

COMPANHIA URBANA DE DANÇA World Music/CRASHarts presents the Boston debut of this impressively talented company of young dancers drawn from the impoverished favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Under the direction of choreographer Sonia Destri Lie, they blend street styles with capoeira, contemporary dance, and Brazilian social dance. April 15-16, $36-$40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275,



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