From 4 to Over 55, Dancers of All Ages Take the Stage

Dance Events This Week

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Performances & Events

Senior Dance Socials 55 or older? Join the fun with dance instructors on hand and music by the Ham Carson Quartet. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., $14. 2 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.

* Chamber Dance Company: Open Rehearsal Excerpts from Martha Graham's Chronicle, Doug Elkin's Center My Heart, and Alwin Nikolais' Tensile Involvement. Studio 265, Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4178. Free. 2:30-5 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.

* Noche Flamenca SEE PREVIEW.

Emerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) with, this week, string band the Noodles. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-440-9839, $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.

* Cornish Dance Theater Work by Bebe Miller, Melissa Rolnick, Pat Hon, and Deborah Wolf, inspired by, among other things, writings by Jorie Graham and Federico Garcia Lorca. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 206-325-6500, $5-$10. 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.

* Next Stage Dance Theatre Pieces from their repertory by Gail Heilbron, Mary Kay Bisignano Vadino, Janis Zetlen, and Dominique Gabella, with Eric Chappelle on electric violin. Velocity Main Space, 915 E. Pine St., 206-325-6500, $15-$18. 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17-Sat. Nov. 18.

West Coast Dance Challenge A full weekend of ballroom dance competitions and workshops, including a demonstration show (with dinner) on Saturday. Redmond Town Center Marriott, 7401 164th Ave., Redmond. Complete schedule and info at Fri. Nov. 17-Sun. Nov. 19.

Cornish College Junior Dance Company Students aged 4 to 18 team up with the Cascade Youth Symphony for a program that includes Act II of The Nutcracker. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-417-5677. $14-$18. 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.

* Introduction to Butoh Workshop A class in this Japanese movement technique for dancers, followed by a lecture/demo open to the public, with Haruko Nishimura and Sheri Brown. Velocity Dance Center, Studio 3, 3rd floor, 915 E. Pine St. Workshop: 4 p.m. $13. 206-467-5510 x1171 or to register. Lecture: 4:45 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Sat. Nov. 18.

The Seven Dancing Sultanas In this belly-dance fairy tale for the whole family, a frolicsome fairy helps a love-struck drummer defeat the spell of an evil enchantress to win the hand of a beautiful sultana. (Sounds faintly like the "Spectacular Spectacular" in Moulin Rouge.) With a guest performance by Axe Capoeira. Rainier Beach High School, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center, 8815 Seward Park Ave. S., 206-388-5830, $8-$15. 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.

Dance Theatre of Oregon Six works from their repertory, including pieces based on music by Mozart, Herbie Hancock, and Kermit the Frog. Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn, 253-931-3043, $11-$15. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.

* Apostrophe 4 Poets, dancers, and musicians gather for simultaneous performance, to let their work strike sparks off each others'. This week, Monica Fambrough, Travis Nichols, Beth Graczyk, and Corey Fuller. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 206-322-1533, $5-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.

* Manifold MotionIn Fere, a new work by Keely Isaak Meehan and Luara Moore, brings together dance, live music, and film, drawing inspiration from (talk about eclectic) Farid ud-Din Attar, Geoffrey Chaucer, Joseph Cornell, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W., 800-838-3006, $15. 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19.

Hillel Their celebration of Jewish Arts Month ends with a performance of short theater and dance works by local Jewish artists. Hillel, University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. N.E. Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.

* Sankai Juku One of Japan's most acclaimed butoh companies presents Ushio Amagatsu's Kagemi: Beyond the Metaphors of Mirrors, "performed by seven shorn, chalk-dusted male dancers. Alternating between shade and light, the dancers seem to float through a forest of giant suspended lotus flowers." The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS, $32.50-$42.50. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 21.

Skandia Folkdance Society Basic Scandinavian dances, mixers, and figure dances in this participatory evening. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 32 (lower building). $6. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 22.

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