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FE­BRU­ARY 5 Publick Play­house: “Cot­ton Field to Con­cert Hall”

An all-ages mul­ti­me­dia show that uses drum­ming, singing, spo­ken­word, clas­si­cal mu­sic and dance to tell the story of a young slave’s jour­ney to free­dom and opera. At Publick Play­house.

7 Alvin Ai­ley Amer­i­can Dance The­ater

Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Robert Bat­tle leads the com­pany in per­for­mances of new and clas­sic works, in­clud­ing Ai­ley’s 1960 mas­ter­piece “Rev­e­la­tions.” At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through Feb. 12.

10 Les­lie Lis­saint: “This Is How We Heal”

This au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal solo show about drug ad­dic­tion, fa­ther­less­ness and other trau­mas mixes poetry and dance. At Ana­cos­tia Arts Cen­ter. Through Feb. 11.

11 Sole De­fined

A mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mance fea­tur­ing body per­cus­sion and tap dance on roller skates. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 12.

12 Step Afrika!

The step-dance com­pany cel­e­brates Black His­tory Month with a per­cus­sion-driven per­for­mance that in­cludes sto­ry­telling and songs. At the Mu­sic Cen­ter at Strath­more.

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Foot­works Per­cus­sive Dance En­sem­ble: “Hot Strings and Fly­ing Feet”

The folk troupe per­forms Amer­i­cana-in­spired works set to live mu­sic. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 19.

19 Ev­i­dence: “Walk­ing Out the Dark”

A new work by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Ron­ald K. Brown com­bines el­e­ments of con­tem­po­rary and spir­i­tual dance, in­spired by Brown’s work with Mal­paso Dance Com­pany in Cuba. At Black­Rock Cen­ter for the Arts.

22 Dance Place: “What’s Go­ing On”

Dance Place joins with Gin Dance Com­pany to per­form its ac­claimed ode to singer Marvin Gaye. Fea­tur­ing mod­ern, jazz and West African chore­og­ra­phy by Vin­cent E. Thomas, Ralph Glen­more and Sylvia Soumah. At Re­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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Bal­let The­atre of Mary­land: “The Lit­tle Mer­maid” The An­napo­lis, Md.-based troupe pre­mieres an adap­ta­tion of Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s fairy tale. At Mary­land Hall for the Cre­ative Arts. Through Feb. 26. Mark Mor­ris Dance Group The Brook­lyn-based dance group re­turns to North­ern Vir­ginia to per­form works set to live mu­sic, in­clud­ing pop­u­lar tunes from the 1920s and ’30s and a piece by Joseph Haydn. At Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity Cen­ter for the Arts. Through Feb. 25. Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Com­pany The Wash­ing­ton chore­og­ra­pher opens three of his com­pany’s re­hearsals to the pub­lic in ad­vance of new works pre­mier­ing at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery this sum­mer and fall. At Ge­orge­town Day School, Dance Stu­dio. Through March 11.

Ev­i­dence: “Walk­ing Out the Dark”

A new work by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Ron­ald K. Brown com­bines el­e­ments of con­tem­po­rary and spir­i­tual dance, in­spired by Brown’s work with Mal­paso Dance Com­pany in Cuba. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 26. Jane Franklin Dance: “The Big Meow” A fam­ily-friendly show about a lit­tle cat whose meow is “loud as a lion’s roar.” At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lab The­atre II. Through March 4. Jane Franklin Dance: “Trek (The Mi­gra­tion Project)” Pre­sented as part of the At­las In­ter­sec­tions Fes­ti­val, “Trek” ex­plores mi­gra­tions great and small, from cross-sea voy­ages to small-scale re­lo­ca­tions. At At­las

Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lab The­atre II.

Soul in Mo­tion

The African drum and dance troupe cel­e­brates its 33rd an­niver­sary with works in­clud­ing “Tem­ple Mem­o­ries,” a new piece chore­ographed by Rosan­gela Sil­vestre. At Joe’s Move­ment Em­po­rium. Through Feb. 26.

26 Praise Dance Fes­ti­val

An an­nual fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing re­li­gious per­for­mances by Wash­ing­ton-area dance and wor­ship groups. At Publick Play­house.

MARCH 1 Wash­ing­ton Bal­let: “Giselle”

New artis­tic di­rec­tor Julie Kent leads the com­pany in com­poser Adolphe Adam’s two-act bal­let about a love-struck peas­ant girl. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through March 5.

3 Martha Gra­ham: “Cave of the Heart”

Per­formed with set and cos­tumes de­signed by the sculp­tor Isamu Noguchi, whose work is on dis­play in a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion at the mu­seum. At Smith­so­nian Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum, McEvoy Au­di­to­rium.

4 Gin Dance Com­pany: “Spring in Your Step”

Fea­tur­ing Artis­tic Di­rec­tor ShuChen Cuff’s new work “Bur­gundy.” At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lang The­atre.

The Sel­doms: “Power Goes”

The Chicago-based com­pany uses spo­ken word and video pro­jec­tions to re-cre­ate the pres­i­dency of Lyn­don B. John­son in dance. At Dance Place. Through March 5.

8 Com­pany Wang Ramirez: “Monchichi”

Hip-hop dancer Sébastien Ramirez and bal­le­rina Honji Wang per­form in a work that ex­am­ines love and cul­tural dif­fer­ences. At Clarice Smith Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Kay The­atre.

9 Jane Franklin Dance

Forty+, a group of Jane Franklin dancers who are older than 40, per­forms short works as part of the Athenaeum’s Sec­ond Thurs­day Live se­ries. At the Athenaeum.

10 Manas­sas Bal­let The­atre: “Carmina Bu­rana”

Orig­i­nal works com­ple­ment this rib­ald bal­let, which fea­tures live choral mu­sic com­posed by Carl Orff. At Hyl­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Mer­chant Hall. Through March 12.

11 Coy­aba Dance The­ater

The troupe cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary with per­for­mances of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary West African mu­sic and dance. At Dance Place. Through March 12.

17 Rus­sian Na­tional Bal­let The­atre: “Giselle”

A cast of 50 per­forms this bal­let about a peas­ant girl’s search for true love. At Hyl­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

18 Cham­ber Dance Project

The bal­let com­pany’s spring gala per­for­mance fea­tures live mu­sic. At De­catur House on Lafayette Square.

Rus­sian Na­tional Bal­let The­atre Com­pany

Dou­ble-bill bal­let fea­tur­ing “Chopi­ana,” in­spired by Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, and “Car­men,” based on the opera by Ge­orges Bizet. At Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity Cen­ter for the Arts.

Wash­ing­ton Bal­let: “Aladdin”

An adap­ta­tion of the fairy tale. At THEARC. Through March 19.

19 Rus­sian Na­tional Bal­let The­atre: “The Sleep­ing Beauty”

A per­for­mance of the bal­let clas­sic, with chore­og­ra­phy by Mar­ius Petipa and mu­sic by Tchaikovsky. At Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity Cen­ter for the Arts.

21 Les Bal­lets Trock­adero de Monte Carlo

The all-male “Trocks” per­form in drag with par­o­dic per­for­mances of 19th-cen­tury Rus­sian clas­sics, in­clud­ing “Swan Lake” and “Don Quixote.” At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through March 22.

25 Dance­works Per­for­mance Com­pany: “Sto­ries from a Life”

A mul­ti­me­dia pro­duc­tion by Daniel Burkholder, who uses video clips and au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion to tell the story of his 96-year-old grand­mother. At Dance Place. Through March 26. Jane Franklin Dance: “The Mi­gra­tion Project” A work ex­plor­ing mi­gra­tions great and small, from cross-sea voy­ages to small-scale re­lo­ca­tions. At Du­rant Arts Cen­ter. World Dance Show­case. Dance troupes per­form in na­tional or re­gional styles from around the world. At Publick Play­house.

26 EL Squad

Cel­e­brate the Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val with this troupe of Ja­panese street dancers, known for per­form­ing in “Tron”-like suits that glow in the dark. Pre­sented by Joy of Mo­tion Dance Cen­ter. At Arena Stage.

28 Ham­burg Bal­let: “The Lit­tle Mer­maid”

The com­pany per­forms the Wash­ing­ton pre­miere of a dark, fairy-tale-in­spired bal­let chore­ographed by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor John Neumeier. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through April 2.

29 Wash­ing­ton Bal­let: Kylian, Peck, Forsythe

Three works that have helped shape con­tem­po­rary bal­let: “Pe­tite Mort,” by chore­og­ra­pher Jiri Kylian; “In Creases,” by Wash­ing­ton na­tive Justin Peck; and “In the Mid­dle, Some­what El­e­vated,” an elec­tronic piece with chore­og­ra­phy by Wil­liam Forsythe. At Har­man Cen­ter for the Arts, Sid­ney Har­man Hall. Through April 2.

31 Jane Franklin Dance: “Black Ice”

As part of a se­ries on mi­gra­tion, the

com­pany ex­plores the im­pact of cli­mate change on weather and on the move­ments of an­i­mals. At The­atre on the Run. Through April 15.

APRIL 1 Re­Vi­sion: “Pro­pel­ling Voice”

Led by Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Shan­non Quinn, the com­pany per­forms on a set dot­ted with geo­met­ric shapes by de­signer Ben Levine. At Dance Place. Through April 2.

3 Damian Woet­zel: “Song & Dance”

The for­mer prin­ci­pal dancer with the New York City Bal­let ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween mu­sic and move­ment in the sec­ond sea­son of his “Demo” se­ries. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater.

5 Re­bol­lar Dance: “Sa­cred Pro­fane”

In part­ner­ship with Dance Place, Erica Re­bol­lar’s Wash­ing­ton-based com­pany per­forms a fem­i­nist work set to clas­si­cal and pop mu­sic. At Re­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

7 Ur­ban Bush Women: “Walk­ing with ’Trane”

Jazz pi­anist Ge­orge Cald­well backs the all-fe­male com­pany in a pro­gram cel­e­brat­ing sax­o­phon­ist John Coltrane. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through April 8.

8 Rosie Her­rera Dance The­atre

The Mi­ami-based com­pany per­forms two works by Her­rera: “Cookie’s Kid,” in­spired by her child­hood, and “Din­ing Alone,” which cen­ters on food. At Dance Place. Through April 9.

14 Black Grace

In the midst of a North Amer­i­can tour, the New Zealand con­tem­po­rary troupe per­forms works set to Bach and na­tive Pa­cific Is­lan­der mu­sic. At Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity Cen­ter for the Arts.

Orange Grove Dance: “The OneMile Ra­dius Project”

Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Co­lette Kro­gol and Matt Reeves in­cor­po­rate film and pro­jec­tions into a danced ex­am­i­na­tion of the spa­ces within one mile of the the­ater. Part of the Clarice’s Nex­tLook se­ries of new works. At Joe’s Move­ment Em­po­rium.

17 Bal­let Across Amer­ica

Amer­i­can Bal­let The­atre star Misty Copeland and New York City Bal­let chore­og­ra­pher Justin Peck cu­rate three pro­grams cel­e­brat­ing in­no­va­tion and di­ver­sity in con­tem­po­rary bal­let. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through April 23.

21 Bal­let The­atre of Mary­land: In­no­va­tions 2017

A per­for­mance of short clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary works. At Mary­land Hall for the Cre­ative Arts. Through April 23.

22 Mary­land Youth Bal­let

As­pir­ing pro­fes­sion­als per­form new and clas­sic works in the com­pany’s an­nual spring con­cert. At Mont­gomery Col­lege, Robert E. Par­illa Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through April 23.

Ren­nie Har­ris Pure­move­ment: “Lifted”

A new work by hip-hop chore­og­ra­pher Har­ris, in­spired in part by Charles Dick­ens’s novel “Oliver Twist.” At Dance Place. Through April 23.

26 Wash­ing­ton Bal­let: Balan­chine, Rat­man­sky, Tharp

Three works from 20th-cen­tury chore­og­ra­phers: “Al­le­gro Bril­lante” by Ge­orge Balan­chine, set to mu­sic by Tchaikovsky; “Seven Sonatas” by Alexei Rat­man­sky, set to key­board sonatas by Scar­latti; and “Nine Si­na­tra Songs” by Twyla Tharp, set to pieces made fa­mous by the leg­endary Amer­i­can vo­cal­ist and ac­tor. At Warner The­atre. Through April 30.

28 Dal­las Black Dance The­atre

The Texas troupe per­forms new works. At Publick Play­house. Through April 30.

Martha Gra­ham Dance Com­pany

Works in­clud­ing Gra­ham’s fi­nal com­pleted piece, “Maple Leaf Rag,” and Act Two of her Greek-in­spired bal­let “Clytemnes­tra.” At Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity Cen­ter for the Arts.

30 Char­lottesville Bal­let: “The Fire­bird”

First per­formed in 1910, this Rus­sian bal­let by Igor Stravin­sky tells the story of a myth­i­cal fly­ing crea­ture. At Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter of North­ern Vir­ginia.

MAY 5 Bowen McCauley Dance

The Wash­ing­ton con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany per­forms world pre­mieres set to live mu­sic. At Lans­burgh The­atre. Through May 6. Er­rant Move­ment: “One­ness” Now in its sec­ond sea­son, the Wash­ing­ton dance com­pany presents works ex­am­in­ing in­equal­ity and in­jus­tice. At Ana­cos­tia Arts Cen­ter. Through May 6.

Meghan Abadoo: “Gate­keep­ers”

Part of the Clarice’s Nex­tLook se­ries of new works, this piece by dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Abadoo looks at racial iden­tity and struc­tural in­equal­ity. At Joe’s Move­ment Em­po­rium.

6 Ci­tyDance

Rasta Thomas di­rects dancers from around the world in “Dream­scape,” with pro­ceeds sup­port­ing Ci­tyDance’s free af­ter­school dance pro­gram. At Lin­coln The­atre.

13 Bal­letX

The Philadel­phia com­pany per­forms works by chore­og­ra­phers Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan, set to the mu­sic of Amy Wine­house and the band Beirut. Pre­sented by Hal­cyon Stage. At Union Mar­ket, Dock 5.

19 Manas­sas Bal­let The­atre: “Romeo and Juliet”

Heart­break abounds in Sergei Prokofiev’s bal­let adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s play. At Hyl­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Mer­chant Hall. Through May 21.

25 Wash­ing­ton Bal­let: Stiefel, Tu­dor, Ash­ton

Fea­tur­ing new artis­tic di­rec­tor Julie Kent’s first com­mis­sioned work, chore­ographed by Ethan Stiefel and in­spired by Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy’s “moon shot” speech to Congress. With works by chore­og­ra­phers Antony Tu­dor and Fred­er­ick Ash­ton. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through May 27.

JUNE 3 DanceAfrica

In its 30th year, the an­nual African mu­sic and dance fes­ti­val fea­tures Wash­ing­ton-area com­pa­nies in­clud­ing KanKouran and Coy­aba. At Dance Place. Through June 4.

NIKA KRAMER

Catch “Monchichi,” Com­pany Wang Ramirez’s love story fea­tur­ing bal­le­rina Honji Wang and hip-hop dancer Sébastien Ramirez, on March 8 at the Clarice Smith Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

JEFF MALET

A per­for­mance by Bowen McCauley Dance. The troupe per­forms world pre­mieres at the Lans­burgh The­atre in May. Be­low, Ren­nie Har­ris Pure­move­ment per­forms “P-Funk” in Bos­ton. The troupe per­forms at Dance Place be­gin­ning April 22.

REN­NIE HAR­RIS PURE­MOVE­MENT

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