Rachel Neville

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Georgian National Ballet

Tradition, athleticism and colorful costumes combine when this mega troupe of dancers and musicians present folk dance that dazzles the eye to lift spirits high. Featuring sword dances, courting couples and massive synchronized movement, it’s theatrical with a capital “T.”

Oct. 3, Lower Moreland Auditorium, 555 Red Lion Rd., intlconcerts.org.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

The multi-ethnic Complexions presents its distinctive brand of classical meets contemporary with a dash of street dance. They are technically proficient and unabashedly entertaining.

Oct. 14-18, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., danceaffiliates.org.


Temple University continues its choreographic commission series with a new work by Jennifer Weber, founder of Decadancetheatre, an all-female hip-hop company. TU students, a live DJ and video projections all join in on a playful edgy piece designed to push the hip-hop envelope.

Oct. 16-17, Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, 1801 N. Broad St., temple.edu.

Urban Bush Women

UBW proves strong dynamic women come in all shapes and sizes and they can be ferocious and feminine at the same time. Always a treat, UBW’s works, imbued with socio-political content, are heartfelt and ecstatic.

Pennsylvania Ballet

Oct. 22-24, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., annenbergcenter.org.

PAB leads off its season with an oldie but goody, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, plus two company premieres: Chroma by Wayne McGregor and DGV by Christopher Wheeldon. The cast includes three new members who aim to kick up the company’s level of artistry.

Oct. 22-25, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., paballet.org.

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Part of a yearlong festival celebrating an icon of experimental post-modern dance, this program, titled Proscenium Works, 1979-2011, highlights Brown’s urge to innovate with three groundbreaking works, including the seminal Set and Reset, an energetic study of fluid, yet precarious, motion.

Oct. 23-24, Bryn Mawr College, trishabrown.brynmawr.edu.

Twyla Tharp

The rare dancemaker to be known well beyond the dance world, Tharp is an influential choreographer whose oeuvre spans concert dance, Broadway, film and TV. Admired for her adroit blend of expert technique paired with passion and charm, Tharp has a catalog of more than 120 works; here we get to see some of her newest creations.

Oct 30- Nov. 1, Annenberg Center.


One of today’s hottest contemporary dance ensembles, the young and sexy BodyTraffic enjoys showing off its versatile chops. This program is no exception, with works by progressive choreographers Victor Quijada, Loni Landon and Joshua Peugh.

Nov 4-8, Prince Theater.

Kun Yang-Lin

KYL’s latest work, HOME/ S. 9th St, about immigrant struggles in crossing borders, both physical and psychological, hits on a timely hot-button topic. Created via a collaborative community process, expect poetic contemplative expression through movement on the many meanings of home.

Nov. 19-21, Fringe Arts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., kunyanglin.org.

Dorrance Dance

Blowing the top off tap, Dorrance plays homage to tradition while pushing this percussive dance mode in stylish new directions. Fancy footwork is presented with polish, panache and a whole lotta fun.

Dec. 2-6, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., danceaffiliates.org.

Also in the Fall Arts Guide — our picks for the upcoming season in:

Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop | Jazz | Classical | Roots | Theater | Visual Art 

PLUS: Make friends and accept your mortality at Death Salon by Bryan Bierman