At the Edge of Physical Danger, Juxtaposed with Intense and Arresting Stillness

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Pacific Northwest Ballet SEE THE WIRE. The Nutcracker. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-441-2424, $18-$108. Various dates and times. Ends Thurs. Dec. 28.

UW Dance Department An evening of work and performances by their faculty. Meany Studio Theatre, UW campus, 206-543-4880, $10-$18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30-Sat. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.

Dayna Hanson SEE ARTICLE, WWW.SEATTLEWEEKLY.COM. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, $18. 8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30-Sat. Dec. 2.

The Maze Project Choreographer Kristen Tsiatsios' new project uses our labyrinthine new library for a multiperspective, multimedia performance piece. With music by Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. Guided tours 4:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2-Sun. Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. Mon. Dec. 4-Tues. Dec. 5, noon Wed. Dec. 6, 6: 30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.

Love Lessons A dance cabaret on the subject of luv is just part of each evening's festivities. Saturdays the lessons are salsa, Fridays are wild cards. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 206-324-7263, Dinner 6 p.m., cabaret 7:30, lessons 9:15 p.m, free dance 9:45 p.m. $25 without dinner, $60 with. Under 21: $20 cabaret, $55 with dinner (no lessons). Opens Fri. Dec. 1. Fridays through Dec. 15, Saturdays Dec. 2-Jan. 27.

Kirtan and Bliss Dance Yoga instructor and mantra artist Wade Imre Morissette will lead a bliss dance of free-form movement to tribal music. "This is an evening of active meditation—prepare to dance, sweat, break free, [and] find your essential self!" Shakti Vinyasa Yoga West, 2238 N.W. Market St., 206-297-YOGA. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.

Spectrum Dance Theater New works by director Donald Byrd, PNB dancer Olivier Wevers, and others. Madrona Dance Studios, 800 Lake Washington Blvd., 206-325-4161, $30 Fri., $15 Sat.-Sun. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1-Sat. Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.

Fleurs d'Egypte This Middle Eastern troupe's new show, Arabic Beat, also includes influences from luau to can-can to Carnival. 21 and over. Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 800-838-3006, $18-$24. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.

Magical Caravan Shadow puppetry combined with folk dance and music from Turkey and Bosina-Herzegovina. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 206-325-6500, $10-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 1.

NEXT Fest NW SEE THE WIRE. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 206-325-8773, Performance, 8 p.m., $15; films, 10:30 p.m., $10; $20 for both. Fri. Dec. 1- Sat. Dec. 2.

Ensemble Ballet Theatre Students age 9–18 offer a Nutcracker. IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton, 425-432-9685. $8-$12. 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.

ARC Dance ARC has opened up the creative process to outside eyes, staging a series of works-in-progress showings this autumn that trace new work from conception to this weekend's premiere. ARC Dance Studio, 9250 14th Ave. NW., 206-352-0798, $10. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2.

Ballet Bellevue The Eastside's own Nutcracker, two weekends only. Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell, 425-489-6018, $29.50-$44.50. 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 3.

Compagnie TchéTché This quartet of women from the Ivory Coast offers "a signature style akin to powerhouse dancing at the edge of physical danger, juxtaposed with intense and arresting stillness." Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-ARTS, $28.50-$33.50. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 5.

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