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Donald Rosenberg  |  September 17, 2011

Dance companies ready to leap into new season

Many dance companies in Northeast Ohio work on such shoestring budgets that they aren't able to announce performance details far in advance.

But enough information is in hand for the dance lover to begin planning ahead, at least through the end of the year. As always, DanceCleveland's complete season is in place, with five varied programs featuring admired companies from the United States and Israel.

Verb Ballets, newly ensconced in its first permanent home in Shaker Heights, is ahead of the curve this year with the announcement of its full season, which abounds in enticing premieres and revivals.

As the season unfolds, more information will be available at the links below and in The Plain Dealer.

DanceCleveland The adventurous presenting organization celebrates its 55th season with a potpourri of visiting dance companies. The season opens with Momix performing "Botanica" Saturday, Oct. 1, at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. Aszure Barton & Artists, from New York, makes its Cleveland debut Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Ohio Theatre with Barton's "Busk," set to live Gypsy music. Coming later in the season are Israel's Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, Ballet Memphis and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

For more: or 216-991-9000.

Dancing Wheels Mary Verdi-Fletcher's Cleveland company for dancers with and without disabilities continues its busy tour schedule this fall before coming home to perform its holiday ballet, "The Snowman," in December at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Dancing Wheels presents a gala concert in the spring, with details to be announced.

For more: or 216-432-0306.

ailey.jpgAndrew EcclesThe Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Cleveland in May, when it performs at the State Theatre under the auspices of DanceCleveland.

GroundWorks DanceTheater The Cleveland modern-dance company, led by David Shimotakahara, began its season this weekend at the Ice House in Akron. It presents the same program -- the world premieres of Amy Miller's "Running to Earth" and Shimotakahara's "Flag," as well as the latter's "Major to Minor" -- Thursday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 8, at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.

For more: or 216-751-0088.

MorrisonDance Sarah Morrison's company dresses up as Greek goddesses to appear in the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival at 2:30 p.m. today at Lincoln Park, 1208 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland. In May, MorrisonDance performs "Syzygy," based on the Greek concept of conjunction and using live brainwave projections, during a program with Travesty Dance Company at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks 2012.

For more: Go to

Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker' The freelance company returns to Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, to perform its lavish production of the holiday classic.

For more:

Ohio Dance Theatre The Oberlin-based company teams with the Cleveland Women's Orchestra in Eastlake on Sunday, Dec. 4, and follows up with performances of "The Nutcracker" Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18, at Lorain County Community College's Stocker Arts Center in Elyria. Later in the season, the company performs "Dracula and Other Love Stories" and the double bill of "Peter and the Wolf" and "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."

For more: or 440-774-6077.

Steven Hale.jpgSteven M. HaleKevin Murphy dances the title role in Ginger Thatcher's "Billy the Kid" when Verb Ballets opens its season Friday at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts.

Verb Ballets The Cleveland contemporary-dance company focuses on the theme "Dances Tell Our Stories" this season, which begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts with "American Lore." The program comprises two works set to music by Aaron Copland - Martha Graham's "Appalachian Spring" and the world premiere of Ginger Thatcher's "Billy the Kid" - as well as Hernando Cortez's "Chichester Psalms" (music by Leonard Bernstein). In February, Verb performs "Alternate Moves," a Breen program consisting of Doris Humphrey's "Dance of the Chosen" and a work by Chun-Fu Chang. Richard Dickinson's new version of "Carmen" debuts in April at Cleveland Public Theatre, where the company continues its "Fresh Inventions" series in May.

For more: or 216-397-3757.

Other links

Antaeus Dance: or 216-486-2874.

Case Western Reserve University Department of Dance: or 216-368-2854.

Double-Edge Dance: or 440-429-5920.

Inlet Dance Theatre: or 216-721-8580.

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