Theater & dance

Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Dance picks

Erica Cornejo as Carabosse in a Boston Ballet production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”
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Erica Cornejo as Carabosse in a Boston Ballet production of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

LIMITLESS: SPRING DANCE CONCERT For aspiring young dancers, watching the talented students of Boston Conservatory perform has to provide a first-rate motivation. This concert seems particularly dynamic, anchored by Mark Morris’s masterful “Gloria,” featuring live music by the conservatory’s orchestra and choruses. Students also perform works by Doug Varone, Joe Chvala, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Duane Lee Holland Jr. April 19-22. $25-$30. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222,

VARIATIONS ON MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS Dance Prism evokes Robert McCloskey’s beloved tale through a ballet that frames the adventure of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s feathered family within the colorful sights, sounds, and characters of World War II-era Boston. Each performance is followed by an “Un-Common Afternoon” reception featuring treats of the era and an opportunity to meet characters from the ballet. April 22, Natick High School Performing Arts Center, Natick: April 29, J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Andover. $20-$26. 978-371-1038,

CAMBRIDGE YOUTH DANCE PROGRAM This 10th annual spring showcase of Deborah Mason’s impressive student company should captivate young dancers. It features a wide range of choreography from the expert faculty of Mason’s studio: Ian Berg, Jenny Oliver, Jeryl Palana, Adrienne Hawkins, Broadway veteran Leslie Woodies, and tap legend Dianne Walker. April 28-29. $20-$25. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-616-5124,


EVERY BODY DANCES For decades, veteran choreographer Lynn Modell has been crafting accessible dances of humor and heart. This concert doubles down, with choreography that reflects Modell’s belief that everyone can — and should — dance. Focusing on dances that explore social conventions and expectations, from disco fever to online dating, the concert features 16 professional and avocational dancers, with live music by Eli Sundae. April 27-28. $15-$25. United Parish in Brookline. 617-969-4455,

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LITTLE MERMAID Festival Ballet Providence closes its season with this take on a fairy tale classic. Choreographed by Mark Diamond, the production heightens Hans Christian Andersen’s touching underwater story with multimedia elements, and it features a large cast of professionals and students from the Festival Ballet Providence School. April 27-29, $23-$85. The Vets, Providence, R.I. 401-421-2787,

ARTS FIRST DANCEFEST This celebration of dance traditions from around the world, part of Harvard University’s four-day annual showcase of student and faculty creativity, is free and open to the public, and it should provide a lively primer of dance styles in a casual environment — a tent on Harvard’s Science Center Plaza. April 28, 3-5 p.m. Free. 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-8699,

COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR This Celebrity Series presentation might be a bit too experimental for younger viewers, but teens may be intrigued by the combination of virtuosic dance and the cutting-edge technology behind it. Brainy British choreographer Wayne McGregor brings his troupe to Boston for the first time in the collaborative work “Atomos,” which features a wearable technology designed to map the dancers’ biometrics. May 4-5. $60-$75. Boch Center Shubert Theatre. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries

STEP AFRIKA! Incorporating South African Gumboot, Western African dance, singing, and drumming, this high-energy troupe performs “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.” The multimedia work chronicles experiences reflected in the painter’s epic series about the migration of African-Americans out of the South in search of a better life. May 3-6. $20-$95. ArtsEmerson at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400,


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Boston Ballet’s production of the familiar fairy tale, choreographed by Marius Petipa with additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, is full of lavish spectacle and colorful characters, especially some fanciful surprise wedding guests and the reliably wicked fairy Carabosse. And Tchaikovsky’s lush scored (played live) adds immeasurably to the magic and romance. May 11-19. $35-$164. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

MEEM 4 BOSTON: A STORY BALLET ABOUT THE INTERNET Visual artist Ryan McNamara taps into our obsession with all things digital with an immersive, museum-wide performance featuring 13 dancers. Using a remix of movement (from classical ballet to contemporary dance) and music, he aims to evoke the virtual world’s endless stream of information and stimulation in real time, real-world physicality. May 18-19. $15-$25. Institute for Contemporary Art. 617-478-3103,

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