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This week’s picks will take you to that liminal space between dance genres as classical dancers go contemporary in Texas and concert dance and cabaret are shaken and stirred in NYC…

1. Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO at Jones Hall in Houston, TX

This ensemble of American Ballet Theater dancers uses their layoff time to experiment with their more contemporary side. Featuring new work by Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, these premieres will also explore the intersection of dance and technology, which seems only right given Simkin’s social media presence. Texans have a chance to catch this show before it makes its New York premiere.

Friday 11/6

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2. The Y Cabaret at the 14th Street Y

Working outside the boundaries of traditional performance–neither standard cabaret nor straight concert dance performance–choreographers Adam Barruch, Lauren Cox, Omar Roman de Jesus, Ashley Menestrina, Jon Ole Olstad, Summation Dance, and Yin Yue will entertain you while you sip a drink. Y not?


Tonight and tomorrow 11/2 – 11/3

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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.