FROM THE HIP This Seattle dance collective looks for work they "all fight to do." This time out, the choreographers in contention are local artists Mary Sheldon Scott, Dayna Hanson and Galen Hanson, UW grad student Michael Foley, and New Yorker Donna Uchizono. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine, second floor, 781-7746. $12- $14. 8 p.m. Fri.- Sun., June 1- 3, June 8- 10.
DIG Carol Dilley, Rob Kitsos, Peter Kyle, Rebecca Enghauser, and Pamela Cohen take a break from teaching at the UW for a concert of their works. Kitsos' choreography is often as silly as it is well-crafted. Chamber Theater, 915 E. Pine, fourth floor, 616-8377. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs.- Sat., June 7- 9.
KARN JUNKINSMITH JunkinSmith's work can be smart and quirky, combining dead-ahead modern dance with an eccentric collection of images from popular culture, from board games to pastries. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine, second floor, 546-8526. $13. 8 p.m. Fri.- Sun., June 15- 17.
ANOMALY There are almost as many jokes about adolescents as there are about blondes, but this company of teens turns a tough time in life into an opportunity. Their summer show includes plenty of juicy work, from choreographers Carla Barrigan, Jessica Berson, Pablo Cornejo, Scott Davis, Rob Kitsos, Mary Sheldon
Scott, Freya Wormus, and director Paige Barnes. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine, second floor, 325-8773, ext. 2. $12. 8 p.m. Sat.- Sun., June 23- 24.
URMILA NAGAR AND CARMONA FLAMENCO This could be one of the most appropriate matches of the summer. Nagar is a practitioner of Kathak, an Indian dance style known for its dramatic flair and percussive footwork. Combine this with Marcos and Rubina Carmona's mastery of flamenco song and dance, and they could very well dance the house down. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th E., 522-4404. $8- $15. 8 p.m. Sat., July 7.
AN EVENING OF FLAMENCO DANCE AND JALEO Ana Montes presents her company, Flamenco Danzarte, in a concert of the music and dance of gypsy Spain. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy, 217-9888. $12. 781-4256. 8 p.m. Sat., July 7; 7 p.m. Sun., July 8.
FEET OF FLAME Michael Flatley, owner of some of the fastest feet and one of the biggest egos in dance, brings his version of multiculturalism to venues more accustomed to tall guys in baggy shorts shooting baskets. A pricey evening, yes, but he's like watching a cobra: It's hard to look away. Seattle Center, Key Arena, 292-ARTS. $35- $85. 8 p.m. Thurs., July 12.
SPECTRUM OPEN REHEARSALS Jazz company Spectrum Dance Theater opens the doors to its rehearsal studio this summer for residencies by former Seattleite Nancy Cranbourne and Claire Bataille, representing Lou Conte and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Madrona Dance Studio, 800 Lake Washington Blvd., 325-4161. Free. Cranbourne: 7 p.m. Fri., July 13. Bataille: 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 18.
UW SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL This second edition of the UW's summer arts celebration includes performances by the exceptional Chamber Dance Company in a program of early modern dance solos. Alongside the history lesson is an outdoor performance choreographed by Rob Kitsos, inspired by Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. UW campus, 543-4880. Chamber Dance Company: Meany Hall Studio Theater. $10- $12. 8 p.m. Tue., July 17 and Thurs., July 19, Wed., July 18 and Fri., July 20; 12:30 and 8 p.m. Sat., July 21; 2 p.m. Sun., July 22. Kitsos Outdoors: Quadrangle. Free. 10:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Tues., July 17; 12:10 p.m. Wed., July 18; 10:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Thurs., July 19; 12:10 p.m. Fri., July 20; 10:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Sat., July 21; 12:10 p.m. Sun., July 22.
STRICTLY SEATTLE Like Dorothy looking "in her own backyard," the Strictly Seattle workshop sponsored by Velocity features local artists as teachers and choreographers. The end-of- session showing and celebration is a chance to appreciate the hometown talent. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 325-8773. $12. 8 p.m. Fri.- Sat., July 27- 28.
SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF ALTERNATIVE DANCE AND IMPROVISATION The nature of improvisation demands that every moment be specific to itself—this festival brings the leaders of that challenging mandate to Seattle to teach and perform. Freehold Theater, 915 E. Pine, second floor, 505-1557, ext. 1133. Faculty performances: $10- $12. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 10; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 11. Student performance: $5. 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 11.
SOL Y SOMBRA Carmona Flamenco works with the theme of light and shade in a concert of flamenco song and dance. Company regulars Marcos and Rubina Carmona are joined by guests Ana Montes and Oscar Nieto. Artswest Playhouse, 4711 California S.W., 938-0339. $17- $22. 8 p.m. Fri.- Sat. Aug. 24- 25.