Endicott Student & Alumni Choreography Showcase
Presented by Endicott College
At the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly, MA
An evening of dances choreographed by Endicott students and Dance program Alumni, built under the tutelage of Emily Beattie and Monkeyhouse friend and favorite Nicole Sao Pedro-Welch. If you're north of the city, go see some young dancers performing new work!
Running in Stillness
Presented by Marsha Parrilla and Danza Orgánica
At Hibernian Hall in Roxbury
$25 general, $15 student/ BDA member
This is the world premiere of this project, which I think is well worth your time. From the site: "Running in Stillness is a dance theater piece that delves into the human condition of being imprisoned, and how this affects people imprisoned, their families, and all of us in the community. Through a close collaboration with formerly incarcerated women and daughters of incarcerated parents, we are creating a project that sheds light on this often-ignored topic."
Sat & Sun, December 10 & 11 @ 11am & 3pm
Sat, December 10 @ 7:30pm
Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
At the Boch Center Shubert Theater
Okay if you're looking for Rockette Holiday Spectacular level family entertainment, see this. There are circus acts, musical numbers, and the costumes look amazing and ridiculous and sometimes that's all you want at the holidays.
Fri & Sat, December 16 & 17 @ 8:00 pm
12 Dancers Dancing: A Christmas in Cambridge
Presented by Honey Blonder
At the Dance Complex in Central Square, Cambridge
Adult $21, Child/ Senior $15
A winter dance extravaganza, featuring performances by Rainbow Tribe, Sydni Lockeby, Linx, Nozama Dance Collective, Boston Community Dance Project, Cambridge Dance Company, CreationDance, Dance Currents, Backattitude Dance Company, Bside, Dance’n Feet, Forty Steps Dance, Legacy Dance Company, North Shore Civic Ballet, Contemporarily Out of Order, Disco Brats, Embrace, Brookline Academy of Dance, and musical performance by Steffani Bennett.
Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle
December 14 - 18
At the BCA Black Box
December 28 - 30
At the Dance Complex
Presented by Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, Theater Offensive, and the Dance Complex
$12 floor, $33 regular
An illumination of adapted holiday traditions with families of choice from an LGBTQ perspective with an inter-generational cast. Its been a long rough year, and a long, long month. If you or some people in your life could use a reminder about what it means to be different, what it means to belong, and that family is what we make of it, I would recommend this show.
Fri, December 16 thru Sat, December 31
Presented by Tony Williams Dance Center
At John Hancock Hall in the Back Bay Events Center
Now in their 16th season, the Urban Nutcracker grew out of a desire to make a Nutcracker as diverse as the children that came to see it. They offer school matinees and autism-friendly shows, and feature diverse dance styles and casts.
Presented by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
At the Cutler Majestic thru December 4
At the Strand Theatre in Dorchester thru December 18
Jose Mateo's tagline is "ballet up close", and they have a reputation for stripping down the bells and whistles to deliver a performance that focuses on the dance and the dancer. Their Nutcracker is all about the nuance of the choreography, and the miraculous feats their dancers perform.