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DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY The aim of this indoor-outdoor annual event, presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, is to highlight the power of dance to make the world a better place. From ballet to hip-hop to square dance, the celebration features free performances by more than 80 local troupes, as well as introductory dance classes, children’s activities, food, and an opportunity to connect with a variety of advocacy organizations. June 11, noon-8 p.m., Free. Sanctuary Theatre area, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.danceforworldcommunity.org

DANCENOW BOSTON Fresh from their Oberon show, David Parker and the Bang Group present another iteration of their dance/cabaret series at the Dance Complex. In addition to company work, this program features new dances by Kelley Donovan and Michael Figueroa. Tapper Ryan Casey hosts the first night, with veteran dance-maker Bill Evans stepping in for the next show. June 10-11, 8 p.m., $20-$25. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

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DANCE ON FILM Part of the Dance for World Community initiative is a series of four documentaries chosen by José Mateo Ballet Theatre that explore the power of dance to affect social change around the world: “They Are We,” “Horizontes,” “A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner,” and “After the Curtain.” June 6-7, $5. Brattle Theatre, Cambridge. 617-876-6837, www.brattlefilm.org

A BODY IN MENEMSHA Eiko Otake, half of the renowned dance duo Eiko & Koma, has been striking out with a new solo project called “A Body in Places,” in which she “partners” with a variety of landscapes, tapping into the sites’ characteristics to explore the fragility and intimacy of solitude. This Yard presentation explores the famous Martha’s Vineyard Beach. June 6, 6 p.m., Free. Menemsha Beach, Chilmark. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org


Karen Campbell can be reached at karencampbell4@rcn.com.