Performance Calendar

These listings update the printed edition of the Newsletter Calendar of Events published in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Movement Afoot Presents Count Us In

May 26-27, 2017

Movement Afoot Presents Count Us In Columbus, OH Movement Afoot presents its second full-length tap dance concert, “Count Us In.” The program will feature new and revised choreography by director Lauren Squires, assistant director Janet Schroeder, and company members Janelle Maur and Amber Geiser. Guest dance artists include kathak dancer Mansee Singhi; live music will be provided by pianist Nate Shaw. Shows at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, May 25-26. Shedd Theatre at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. Tickets $20/15/10. Group discounts available; contact us via, or 734-355-0909 for more information.

DANCECleveland and the Cleveland Foundation to present two free performances of world-renowned Cuban modern dance troupe Malpaso

June 2-3, 2017 Cleveland06_Malpaso_by_NirArieli

Free tickets for June 2-3 performances at Playhouse Square available beginning May 11

Malpaso Dance Company brings the flair of Havana to the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square for two free performances on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  The weekend of performances, made possible by the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion: Cuba Edition, will launch DANCECleveland’s 62nd season of world-class dance in northeast Ohio.

As part of this engagement, Malpaso will also be conducting an educational and creative residency at Cleveland State University’s Department of Dance and Theatre from June 5 – June 9 during the Cleveland State University summer dance workshop. In addition, there will be a free public open rehearsal from noon-1pm on Friday, June 9 in the Gund Studios as part of CSU’s AHA Festival. There will also be a free community master class for advanced level dancers ages 16 and up on Saturday, June 3 from 11am-12:30pm at Playhouse Square. Registration is required by emailing The company will also have the opportunity and space to work on new choreography while in Cleveland with Robyn Mineko Williams from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, June 3-7.

Tickets:  Free tickets will be available to the public on May 11, 2017 online at or by phone by calling 216-241-6000 or in person at the Playhouse Square ticket office.

For more information on Malpaso Dance Company, visit:

Arts and Humanities Alive!

Arts and Humanities Alive! (The AHA! Festival Festival) a three-day summer arts extravaganza organized by Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University, will include a dance work shop with Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff. Participants can learn to dance from the popular performer who won the 13th season of the series with actor JR Martinez. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 in the State Theater. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at:

The event is sure to sell out so order your tickets now!

AHA! brings world renowned authors, performers and celebrities for a celebration of Storytelling and a wide ranging exploration of what our stories tell us about ourselves. To learn more about the fest’s additional headliners, see a complete schedule of events, purchase tickets or register for the fest’s free activities, visit

Lose Your Marbles a Dance Centric Fringe Festival

Friday, June 9 at 6:00 PM and Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 PM
Akron , Ohio

Lose Your Marbles –
A Dance Centric Fringe Festival!

Friday, June 9
VIP hour – 6:30 pm
General admission – 7:30 pm
Trailhead Event Space – 21 W. North St. Akron, OH


Saturday, June 10

Gates open at 3:30 pm and
performances run until 10:15 pm

Trolley Barn – 47 N. Main St., Akron, OH

Dance Companies and Artists for 2017
Many TICKET Options

Details about “Lose Your Marbles” is available at

Dancing Wheels Company & School

June 10, 2017

Cleveland, OH, (216) 432-0306
Join Dancing Wheels Company & School at Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica for a night celebrating the genius and artistry of David Bowie featuring the Cleveland premiere of “Labyrinth: A Tribute”. VIP Annual Gala Celebration including pre-performance cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30pm, performance and “Meet & Greet” after party with the performers is only $125. General admission is $40 each, groups of 10 or more $30 each. The onstage performance begins at 8:00pm. For more information contact: or call (216) 432-0306.

David Dorfman Dance presents: Aroundtown

June 24, 2017Ohio University Summer Dance Institute DAVID DORFMAN DANCE

Athens, OH, (740) 593-1826
Aroundtown, a low-tech, high-impact performance of David Dorfman Dance’s latest work-in- progress fresh from a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow Dance/The Lumberyard (formerly ADI) and on its way to a premiere at the Bates Dance Festival. Featuring: David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Jasmine Hearn, Jordan Lloyd, Nik Owens, Kendra Portier, Simon Thomas-Train, and Aya Wilson. Musical performance by Sam Crawford and Liz de Lise. Putnam Hall, Ohio University. 7pm, Q&A and reception to follow. $10 suggested donation.

John Giffin and Jeanine Thompson presents: The Dream Dancer

July 7,9,12,13,20,22, 2017 Washington DC

Elstad Auditorium of Gallaudet University, Washington DC, (614) 565-1585

John Giffin and Jeanine Thompson are pleased to announce that their latest co-created dance theater work The Dream Dancer will be presented for 6 performances in Washington D.C. In July. They appear as part of the Capital Fringe Festival 2017 at the beautiful Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University. The Dream Dancer tells a time traveling tale of mystery, mesmerism and psychic revenge. It is based on true accounts of women performing under the influence of hypnosis. It is also a story of women’s uprising against male patriarchal oppression. The work was debuted in concert with the Columbus Moving Company at the Garden Theater in Sept. 2016.


New Vision Dance Co. presents: Taking Root

July 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM

The Garden Theatre, 1187 N High St, Columbus, OH

New Vision Dance Co. presents their fourth annual weekend of dance at the historic Garden Theater in the Short North. Take Root with us in Act 1 as we plant twisted tales of love, obsession and the dark side. We invite you to stay grounded for Act 2 as we open up to the light side with whimsical and lovely pieces created by Melissa Gould. General admission is $15, available at

Inlet Dance Theatre at Cain Park

July 26 at 1PM (Kids Matinee) and July 27 at 8 PM Cleveland, OH

Inlet Dance Theatre returns for its annual FREE concert at Cain Park Evans Amphitheater featuring the students of the company’s Summer Dance Intensive and the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program. Select company members will premiere new works on the students and the company will perform selections from its active repertory in this community favorite annual event.

Pilobolus- Shadowland Presented by DANCECleveland

Saturday July 29 at 7:30 PM State Theatre, Playhouse Square

Using the human body as a medium of expression, the company creates awe inducing shapes that push the imagination to the extreme. The National Day of Dance in July will kick off with a creative performance of audience favorite, “Shadowland” which will take audience members on a dream-like adventure. Pilobolus collaborates with a diverse range of artists – including the MIT Distributed Robotics Laboratory, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others – to make inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen. They have performed in over 64 countries and received the Berlin Critic’s Prize, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005 among others. In recent years, Pilobolus has become an international entertainment brand with commercials (Mobil, Ford and Toyota); music videos (nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award); appearances on the 79th Annual Academy Awards, Oprah Winfrey Show and Conan O’Brien show and more!

Tickets at 216-241-6000 or after May 11th.

Raphael Xavier Presented by DANCEClevland as part of ADF in CLE

Wednesday August 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square An Award-winning artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware; Raphael Xavier is a Hip-Hop dancer and Breaking practioner that has been honing his craft since 1983. Xavier’s understanding of movement and musicality allows him to structure beats, noises and sounds into captivating music that draws upon emotion and coincides with his choreography. As an active alumnus of the world-renown Hip Hop Dance Company, Rennie Harris Pure-movement, his solo and ensemble choreographic dance works have been performed world-wide. Xavier has been awarded numerous accolades including a 2013 Pew Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellow in 2014 and most recently a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow- ship for Choreography.
Tickets at 216-241-6000 or after May 11th.

Brian Brooks Presented by DANCECleveland as part of ADF in CLE

Saturday August 5, 2017 at 7:30PM Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square

Set to Max Richter’s version of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” the company will perform “Torrent”, a lush piece full of movement that sends the dancers soaring across the stage. The American Dance Institute has commissioned his recent production, Wilderness, with a NY premiere at The Kitchen in June 2016. Brooks’ choreography was last seen in Cleveland as part of “Wendy Whelan Restless Creature” in 2015.

Tickets at 216-241-6000 or after May 11th.

Inlet Dance Theatre at Tremont’s Arts in August

August 11 at 8:30PM Cleveland, OH

Inlet performs in a free concert in Tremont’s Lincoln Park as part of the annual Arts in August. The evening will begin with a creative movement class with performance improvisation for kids of all ages on stage.

Independent Dance Showcases held at BalletMet in Columbus

August 29 & 30, 2017 Columbus

KMP Artists & OhioDance will produce independent dance showcases to coincide with the Arts Midwest Conference in Columbus, Ohio in August 2017. Showcases will be promoted to approximately 1,000 attendees who are working professionals in the field of performing arts from at least 15 states in the Midwest. These showcases will be open to the public.
More information coming soon.