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Five dance events that will keep you on your toes through 2018


Oct. 20-22; Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Oct. 28-29; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Nov. 17-19; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

305-929-7000 or Tickets cost $25-$105.

Inspired by gems — emeralds, rubies and diamonds — this ballet by George Balanchine is having its 50th anniversary and will open Miami City Ballet’s season. Each piece represents a precious stone and uses music from a different composer and evokes a different style of ballet. “Emeralds” has music by Fauré and reflects French ballet’s romance and lyricism. “Rubies” is set to music by Stravinsky and has a more modern dance style inspired by the American Jazz Age. “Diamonds,” with music by Tchaikovsky, is all about the classic grand ballet of imperial Russia in the 19th century.

Carefree: Dancin’ With Fred and Ginger

Feb. 9; Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale (in Holiday Park); 954-462-0222 or; Tickets cost $33-$53.

Roughly eight decades after Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire made magic dancing together in movies such as “Top Hat” and “Swing Time,” their influence is still palpable. This stage show by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle uses high-tech visual effects and Broadway dancers in front of a band swinging tunes such as as “Cheek to Cheek,” “Slap That Bass” and “I Won’t Dance.”


Feb. 28-March 25; Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or Tickets cost $15-$64.

No, this unplugged acoustical musical is not a dance show. But “Once” does spotlight movement with the actor-musicians in a way that feels fresh and novel. Based on the 2006 Irish indie film of the same title about a street musician in Dublin and the woman who is enchanted by his love songs, the smallish show went on to win a staggering eight Tony Awards in 2012, including one for Best Musical.

Harlequinade – A Tribute to Marius Petipa

March 3-4; Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Amaturo Theater), 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

March 10-11; Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; 305-466-8002 or Tickets cost $30.

The North Miami Beach-based company Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents this production in which Harlequin and his lover Columbina trick her father after he locks her away because he prefers she marry a rich man. The ballet was created in 1900 by Russian ballet choreographer Marius Petipa and set to music by Riccardo Drigo.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 4; Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-949-6722 or Tickets cost $30-$100.

Purists will be outraged, but the all-male comedy-ballet company has practically patented a mix of formidable dance skills and cross-dressing sight gags that made their shows a balls-to-the-barre audience favorite since its founding in New York in 1974.

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