Dance This

Dance This, STG's annual youth festival, is always a great showcase for the ethnic dances that are part of our polyglot heritage in the Northwest. This year it features a Vietnamese Lion Dance, African dance from Benin, ritual work from Tibet, and Chinese folk dance. Alongside the traditional work is theatrical dancing from young choreographers and established hands like Mark Haim and Bill T. Jones, whose Broadway production of Fela! gets excerpted in the program. But the best part of the show is always the finale, where everyone dances everything, borrowing steps from one another's heritage performances and wrapping it up with a big hip-hop bow. Daniel Cruz is back this year to stage the send-them-home-happy part of the show, guaranteed to raise the rafters SANDRA KURTZ

Fri., July 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 14, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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