March 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
SPRING ARTS PREVIEW DANCE: Movement, motion and meaning
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‘Black to Silver’ returns in April. (Photo courtesy Dissonance Dance Theatre)

The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, a gay-helmed company, performs the world premiere of “Picasso Dances,” inspired by a series of works by the famed artist at the Kreeger Museum (2401 Foxhall Rd., N.W.), also the location of the performance, on March 26. Tickets are $45.

Washington Performing Arts presents two dance showcases this spring. Jessica Lang Dance is at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium (730 21st N.W.) on March 28 at 8 p.m. Jessica Lang Dance company is relatively new, founded in 2011, but has already performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Tickets range from $25-38.

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Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo by Takao Komaru; courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

Brooklyn company Gallim Dance performs at Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St., N.W.) on April 16-17 at 8 p.m. Gallim Dance infuses Israeli contemporary dance in their productions led by Artistic Director Andrew Miller. Tickets are $30. For more information on these shows and to purchase tickets, visit

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Gallim Dance. (Photo by Franziska Strauss; courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

The Kennedy Center (2700  F St., N.W.) has several offerings slated.

Iberian Suite: María Muñoz, Mal Pelo and Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza is on March 13-14. Muñoz will premiere her solo piece “Bach” for the first time in the U.S. Tickets are $26.

Apertamente S.r.l. presents  “Being Leonardo da Vinci: An Impossible Interview on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a one-act two-scene play that show cases da Vinci’s life. The play’s prologue includes a contemporary  ballet dance performance inspired by da Vinci’s painting “Vitruvian Man” and choreographed by Michela Lucenti. Tickets range from $24-30. The play will be performed in Italian with English subtitles.

Bowen McCauley Dance presents the world premiere of “Victory Road” on April 10-11. The show uses Jason Ringenberg’s music to create dances that bring his stories and songs to life in a story about a boy who leaves home in the 1980s to become a music star. Tickets range from $40-45.

Washington Ballet presents “Swan Lake” at Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) on April 8-12. Tickets range from $45-145. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Brooklyn Mack and Misty Copeland in ‘Swan Lake.’ (Photo by Teo Kossenas; courtesy Washington Ballet)

Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music company, presents “Shen Yun 2015: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization” from April 17-26. The dance performance chronicles ancient legends, modern stories and more in 5,000 years of China’s culture and history. Tickets range from $50-250.

Dissonance Dance Theatre presents “Black to Silver: A Black LGBT Experience” at Joy of Motion Dance Center (5207 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) on April 11-12. The show explores interpersonal relationships, identity and love inside the African-American LGBT community. The show also focuses on homoeroticism, acceptance, affirmation and more. It’s D.C.’s first theatrical platform for African-American LGBT dance artists.

BalletNova presents “Firebird and Other Works” at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.) on May 1 at 7:30 p.m., May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and May 3 at 3 p.m. The performances use dance to tell the story of Prince Ivan and the Firebird who battle the evil wizard Katschai. Tickets range from $8-30. The May 2 performance includes a dance talk with BalletNova teacher Irina Wunder at 6 p.m.

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, a gay-helmed local company, performs “Persistent Voices,” a work that explores the effects of AIDS, at Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.) May 2-3 and at the Reston Community Center at Hunter Woods (2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston) on May 6. Tickets are $15-30. Details at

If you’re the one who wants to dance, there are several chances to do that as well. DJ Matt Bailer is at Town this weekend. Other highlights there include Dirty Pop with DJ Drew G on March 14, DJ James Anthony on March 21, CTRL on March 28, Madonnarama on April 11, the Cherry main event with DJ Tom Stephan on April 18 and more. Details at

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