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Best Upcoming Dance Performances In Houston

June 17, 2013 7:00 AM

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(photo credit: spahouston.org)

(photo credit: spahouston.org)

(photo credit: spahouston.org)

(photo credit: spahouston.org)

Everyone loves a good story, and what better way to captivate an audience than by narrating a tale through the wonderful art of dancing? Get your imaginations flowing as you indulge in the age-old visual art involving fluid body movements as skilled dancers – immersed in the rhythmic fusion of beats, melodies and verses – tell you a story the old-fashioned way. Check out the best dance performances that may spice up your passion for the performing arts happening right here in Houston.

Peter Pan
Wortham Theater Center: Alice & George Brown Theater
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77203
(713) 237-1439
www.houstonballet.org

Dates: Now through 23, 2013

One of the best multi-act ballet performances ever staged, “Peter Pan” by Trey McIntyre narrates the classic tale of the eternally young Peter Pan, Wendy and the Darling boys. As the adventurous bunch gets on in their magical adventure in Neverland, they encounter bizarre characters such as fairies, crocodiles and pirates that would surely provide non-stop entertainment to the audience all throughout the show.

Shanghai Ballet – The Butterfly Lovers
Jones Hall: Society for the Performing Arts
615 Louisiana St. #101
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 227-3974
www.spahouston.org

Date: Nov. 5, 2013

If you love the Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet,” you will definitely enjoy its Asian ballet version performed by none other than the world-renowned Shanghai Ballet. This one-night performance by the skillful and talented ensemble from China will showcase the captivating fusion of Western and Asian ballet in a four-act dance performance. Houston is lucky to be one of the cities that the Shanghai Ballet will visit as part of its world tour.

Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts: Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 315-2548
www.thehobbycenter.org

Dates: Sept. 29 through Oct. 12, 2013

If you love such classic hits as “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive” and “Finally,” then this highly entertaining and fun musical may be your cup of tea. A heartwarming tale of three women who embarked on a magnificent journey in an old bus on their quest for love and friendship, this show boasts of impressive visuals and more than 500 costume changes.

Chicago – The Musical
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts: Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 315-2548
www.thehobbycenter.org

Dates: Nov. 12-17, 2013

Honored with numerous awards from prestigious award-giving bodies including Tony, Olivier and Grammy, this world-renowned, entertaining Broadway musical is a hit among audiences from all around the globe. Based on the 1926 play called “Chicago,” this show is the third longest running musical in Broadway history. Adapted for film in 2002 starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which garnered an Academy award, Chicago is a non-stop musical and dance extravaganza that will definitely grab its audience’s attention from start to finish.

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Jubilee Of Dance
Wortham Theater Center: Alice & George Brown Theater
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77203
(713) 237-1439
www.houstonballet.org

Date: Dec. 6, 2013

In celebration of Stanton Welch’s 10th year anniversary as an artistic director, the annual Jubilee of Dance will feature the globally acclaimed director’s finest works as interpreted and performed by the Houston Ballet. This star-studded event will only be shown once so don’t miss the opportunity to witness the works of the best of the best, both director and dancers, in the performing arts.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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