September 16, 2018 at 11:56 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
FALL ARTS 2018 DANCE: ‘Realm of the Jaguar’
dc fall dance 2018, gay news, Washington Blade

’SOMBRERISIMO’ with choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and music by Banda Ionica and Titi Robin is a ballet for six men who use a bowler hat to explore masculine identity set to flamenco guitar and Spanish rap in a ‘playful, sexy atmosphere.’ (Photo by Dean Alexander; courtesy Washington Ballet)

PrioreDance presents “Cirque De Nuit” at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) tonight (Friday, Sept. 14) at 8 p.m. Set during the times of traveling circuses, the dance follows a group of outcasts that come together inside and outside the circus tent. Tickets are $10. For more details, visit

National Museum of the American Indian (4th St., S.W. and Independence Ave., S.W.) presents “Realm of the Jaguar” on Sept. 22-23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be a series of dance performances from Bolivia, Mexico and Guatemala honoring the jaguar. Attendees can also learn about mask making from Alex Vasquez and artistry from Carlos Chaclán Solís, who tells the story of the jaguars through ceramics. Free admission. For more information, visit

City of Takoma Park presents “Sly Anansi: A Mini Musical” at Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, Md.) on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. The musical retells the West African folk tale about Anansi, the trickster spider who gets tricked himself. The performance features Caribbean dance with original choreography, African drumming, live music and audience participation. Admission is free. For more details, visit

The Washington Ballet offers its TWB Welcomes series with “Program A: Exquisite and Exotic” featuring “Serenade,” “Bolero” and three pas de deux Sept. 26, 27, 29 and 30. “Program B: Ethereal and Evocative” features “Les Sylphides,” “SOMBRERISIMO” and three pas de deux Sept. 28, 30 and 30. Its season continues with “Contemporary Masters,” “The Nutcracker” (more details below on that), “The Sleeping Beauty” and three world premieres. Full details at

The D.C. Fall Salsa & Bachata Dance Festival is at the Westin Alexandria (400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Va.) on Sept. 27-Oct. 1. There will be more than 50 workshops and dance performances throughout the weekend. Theme parties will be held every night with salsa, bachata, zouk and kizomba rooms. Weekend passes are $169 and include access to workshops and parties. VIP weekend passes are $195 and includes a T-shirt and VIP seating for all performances. Passes only for workshops are $115. Daily passes range from $15-125. 

The AfroCuban D.C. Dance Festival is at the Capitol Quarter Community Center (1000 5th St., S.E.) on Oct. 6 from noon-2 a.m. There will be AfroCuban and folkloric dance and music workshops. Afterwards, there will be an after party. An all access class pass is $100. Individual classes are $20. For a complete list of workshops and instructors, go here

Gin Dance Company presents “The Story of Our Lives” at the CenterStage at Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, Va.) on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature the premiere of “We, The Moon, The Sun,” a work by Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff which fuses Chinese Opera movements with modern dance. “200 Feet,” a dance performance inspired by author Jack Canfield, Gin Dance Company’s critically acclaimed piece “L.E.O.” and the storytelling performance “The Other Side” will also be included in the showcase. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit

Robert Fairchild joins Renée Fleming for “Voices,” a spotlight series, at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Fairchild, known for portraying the lead role in “An American in Paris,” will perform songs and dance from “An American in Paris” and more. Tickets range from $59-69. For more details, visit

Flamenco dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero performs at George Mason University Center for the Arts (4400 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.) on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Guerreror will perform a mix of classical and contemporary Spanish dance and ballet. Tickets range from $30-50. For more information, visit

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker presents “Dog Without Feathers” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) on Oct. 18-20. The performance is inspired by Brazilian author João Cabral de Melo Neto. Tickets range from $29-79. For more information, visit

The San Francisco Ballet presents the East Coast premieres of works from “Unbound: A Festival” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) Oct. 23-28. Program A will be performed Oct. 23-24 and 27-28. It will include works from Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson. Program B will be performed on Oct. 25-27 and includes works from Edwaard Liang, Cathy Marston and Justin Peck. Tickets range from $29-129. For more details, visit

Dana Tai Soon Burgess debuts “Silhouettes” at the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (8th St., N.W. and F St., N.W.) on Oct. 27 and Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The dance performance is inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” an examination of the art form and its impact on American history and culture. This gay-helmed company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. For more information, visit

“Demo by Damian Woetzel: Gathering” is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.)  on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Woetzel, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer, curates and hosts cross-genre performances. Tickets range from $49-59. For more details, visit

Ragamala Dance Company presents “Written in Water” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) Nov. 2-3. “Written in Water” is inspired by the Indian board game Paramapadam and combines dance, music, text and painting. There will be a free, pre-show interactive game-playing experience. Tickets are $30. For more details, visit

“So You Think You Can Dance Live” comes to the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Season 15’s top 10 finalists Hannahlei Cabanilla, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Chelsea Hough, Evan Debendedetto, Genessy Castillo, Cole Mills, Darius Hickman, Madalena Fialek, Slavic Pustovoytov and Jensen Arnold will perform along with the season 15 winners and America’s Favorite Dancers. All star guests will be announced. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $57-87. For details, visit

The Washington Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at Thearc Theater (1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E.) on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and the Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) from Nov. 29-Dec. 28. This version of the classic Christmas tale is set in Georgetown featuring the traditional “Nutcracker” characters and historical figures such as George Washington and King George III. Tickets for Thearc range from $30-55. Tickets for the Warner Theatre range from $32-125. For more information, visit

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