LION’S JAW This new Boston-based experimental dance festival presented by New Movement Collaborative includes five days of classes, workshops, and jams, as well as two different public concerts showcasing festival faculty. Participating performers include Sara Shelton Mann, BodyCartography Project, Miguel Gutierrez, Olivier Besson, Paul Matteson, and Annie Kloppenberg, among others. Oct. 7-8, $20-$25. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 740-274-9114, www.lionsjaw.com
TWIST & SHOUT BENEFIT CONCERT This annual celebration by OrigiNation, Inc. promises a wide-ranging evening of dance, music, and spoken word. Actor/activist Malik Yoba is the honoree of the evening, which features performances by NIA Dance Troupe plus other ensembles and new works by Levi Marsman and Muadi B. Dibinga. Oct. 8, $50-$100. Roxbury Community College Mainstage Theater, Roxbury. 617-522-3900, www.originationinc.org
PANTOS PROJECT Choreographer Kat Pantos’s young troupe presents “Stabilize,” an evening of athletically driven choreography that explores how we develop relationships. Dancers include Carolyn Breton, Lisa Cole, Melenie Diarbekirian, Tara Lynch, Kendall Bush, Erica Misilo, Katharina Schier, and Lilly Cryan. Oct. 7-8, $15-$21. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-358-2500, www.katpantos.com
URBANITY DANCE OPEN REHEARSAL Ever wonder what exactly goes on before the lights dim and the dancers hit the stage for a polished performance? Urbanity Dance offers a behind-the-scenes peak at the preparation process that happens in its studio as the company explores movement and choreographs repertoire for an upcoming concert. Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m., Free. Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington St. 617-572-3727, www.urbanitydance.orgKaren Campbell can be reached at email@example.com.