Summer Arts Preview

Dance picks: From tap to hip-hop, ballet, and beyond

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will visit Martha’s Vineyard on a slate of performers put together by The Yard.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will visit Martha’s Vineyard on a slate of performers put together by The Yard.Matt Karas

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS: DANCES FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, & LOVERS Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion excels at portraying everyday life with an intimate sense of abiding humanity. These newly curated evenings mine old and new works by DiMuro, and each night features a slightly different program, with guest artists including Alexander Davis and J Michael Winward. The first two nights also feature works by David Parker’s popular Bang Group. May 30-June 2. $24-$30. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.publicdisplaysofmotion.com

ACROSS THE AGES DANCE PROJECT 2019 The title for this iteration of the multi-generational project is “Lineage,” and it brings together a dynamic group of choreographers and more than 40 dancers ranging in age from 7 to 83 in works that explore ritual, tradition, and culture. Creators include Joanie Block, Audra Carabetta, Alexander Davis and Joy Davis, Brian Feigenbaum, The Wondertwins (Billy and Bobby McClain), Meghan McLyman, and Liana C. Percoco. June 1-2. $25-$30. Boston University Dance Theater. 781-307-2563, www.acrosstheagesdanceproject.com


THE YARD Each summer, this highly respected organization nurtures a flurry of artistic creativity while providing Martha’s Vineyard residents and visitors with a slate of first-rate performances. The upcoming season includes returning favorites as well as independent artists on the cutting edge, from Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba) and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence to Brazilian tapper Leonardo Sandoval and New York experimentalists Joanna Kotze and Kimberly Barosik. June 8-Aug. 31. $5-$35. Various locations, Martha’s Vineyard. 508-645-9662, www.dancetheyard.org

DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL This free annual multi-day event in Harvard Square sponsored by José Mateo Ballet Theatre features performances, classes, panel presentations, and discussions geared toward promoting dance as a positive force in the world. (This year’s special focus is climate change.) It culminates in a family-friendly extravaganza June 8 topped off by a block party. Activities indoors and out involve more than 90 dance troupes representing styles from ballet to hip-hop. June 8, Free. Massachusetts Avenue between Bow and Remington, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.danceforworldcommunity.org


PROMETHEUS DANCE For more than three decades, the company has been enriching Greater Boston’s dance scene with exquisite artistry and bold invention. But this 30th-anniversary celebration marks the company’s final repertory performances, as directors Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett retire the troupe. The event features original company repertory, a performance by the Elders Ensemble, and guest artists. June 15. $25-$30. Delbridge Family Arts Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick. 508-904-4900, www.brownpapertickets.com

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL The internationally acclaimed summer festival in the bucolic Berkshire Hills continues to be a mecca for dance lovers, with top artists from around the globe, plus free performances by up-and-comers, talks, exhibits, and special events. Highlights this summer include the world premiere of “The Day” (Wendy Whelan, Lucinda Childs, Maya Beiser) and Urban Bush Women’s John Coltrane-inspired “Walking with ‘Trane.” June 19-Aug. 25. Most performances $35-$78. Becket, 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org

FESTIVAL OF US, YOU, WE & THEM For three days, the Dance Complex gathers a wide range of artists to collaborate, explore, showcase their best moves, and bring the rest of us along in classes and workshops. If you’ve always wanted to indulge your inner hip-hopper or step into a West African groove, here’s your chance. June 21-23. Most activities free. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org


BATES DANCE FESTIVAL This lively little festival at Bates College shifts gears this year, clustering performances to allow visitors multiple opportunities to see different shows during the course of a day. Highlights include Doug Varone and Dancers, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, and nora chipaumire. July 12-Aug. 3. $5-$35. Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. 207-786-6381, www.batesdancefestival.org

CAPE DANCE FESTIVAL For its seventh year, the festival presents three programs, beginning with an evening of Paul Taylor masterworks performed by Taylor 2 at Provincetown Town Hall (June 30). The signature mixed program July 27 at the Province Lands Visitor Center features the Cirio Collective, The Wondertwins, and performers representing some of the country’s finest troupes, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Limón Dance Company. In honor of The Wondertwin’s 40th anniversary, the festival also includes a free interactive matinee for families at the WHAT for Kids Tent in Wellfleet (July 28). $30-$100. 646-734-6338, www.capedancefestival.com

ON TAP! BEANTOWN TAPFEST FACULTY SHOWCASE For 10 years, this high-spirited festival has brought together performers from around the world in a celebration of all things tap. The capper is the Saturday night showcase with live music; this year’s performers include Josh Hilberman, Aaron Tolson, Dianne Walker, Thelma Goldberg, Ian Berg and Subject:Matter, and Sean Fielder and Boston Tap Company. Aug. 9. $36. Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center. 617-616-5124, www.beantowntapfest.com

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