A Fairy Tale of Love and Loss

Dance, dance, dance.

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Swan Lake There was a full moon inside the theater as well as outside last weekend for the opening of Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Swan Lake, rising over the poignant story of love found and lost. The company has cast five different women in the role of the Swan Queen, each with her own particular gifts (Louise Nadeau's quivering arms and Kaori Nakamura's seamless phrasing, to name just two). They will all perform this weekend, including the last Swan for PNB's reigning Queen, Patricia Barker, on Friday Feb. 9, and a debut for its newest, Carla Körbes, Thursday Feb. 8. Barker has always been an impressive performer, but over the last few years she's become mysterious and plangent as well, and Körbes seems ready to follow in that magical pathway. Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 441-2424, www.pnb.org. $18-$145. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 1 p.m. Sat.; also 1 & 7 p.m. Sun. Feb. 11. Ends Feb. 11. SANDRA KURTZ

6th Day Dance Premieres of six new works by artistic director Lyndee Breece and local guest choreographer Angela Smith in "Love is in the Air." MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., Suite 200, 406-5465, www.sixthdaydance.org. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 9, 3 & 8 p.m. Sat. Feb. 10.

Mexico in Seattle SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY.

Spectrum Dance Theater Works by Zoe Scofield, PNB's Olivier Wevers, and artistic director Donald Byrd. 800 Lake Washington Blvd., 325-4161, www.spectrumdance.org. $15. Opens Sat. Feb. 10. 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 18.

Crispin Spaeth Dance Group "Ten Tiny (Valentine's) Dances" are tiny in both time (none over 15 minutes) and especially space: the stage allotted for the ten choreographers is four feet by four feet. Capitol Hill Arts Center, Lower Level, 1621 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Wed. Feb. 14-Sat . Feb. 17.

Emerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) to the strains of Swing Shift. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 440-9839, seattledance.org. $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 9.

Greenlake Folk Dancers Balkan line and circle dances (partners not required). Instruction at 7:30 p.m. for $10, social dance 8:30 p.m. for $5. VFW Hall, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 325-7668, www.ratchenitza.com. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 9.

Gypsie Nation "Freestyle participatory rituals intended to bring healing, as well as honor the ancestral spirits and the Earth. Supported by a wild tapestry of ancient and modern tribal music." Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., 216-1722, www.gypsienation.com. $9 (under 13 free). 11 a.m. Sun. Feb. 11.

Skandia Folkdance Society A Valentine's Mixer Dance offers basic Scandinavian dances. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. $6. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 14.

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