It’s definitely fall, and as the weather cools, the action on local stages heats up. Local and national dance companies will be putting their best foot forward over the next few months; here’s what to expect:
Block ballet: Nutcracker, November 29-December 8. Modern Masters: Taylor & Wheeldon, February 21-23. Sleeping Beauty, May 15-17. Ballet in the park, May 30-31. $15 and up, various Boulder locations, 303-443-0028, boulderballet.org.
Colorado Ballet: Nutcracker, November 30-December 29. Peter Pan, January 31-February 9. tour de force, March 6-8. ballet masterpieces, April 3-12. $30 and up, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 13th and Arapahoe Streets, 303-837-8888, coloradoballet.org.
CU presents: Catapult, January 31-February 2. Open space, February 28-March 1. Pilobolus, March 2. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, April 4. The stream, April 10-19. Fees: Spring 2020, April 24-25. Some free events, various University of Colorado Boulder locations, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Dark Palace: A Dark Dance: Santa Fe-based immersive art juggernaut Meow Wolf will host a three-night dance party at the National Western Complex, featuring local and national artists performing live music and art installations. Nov. 22-24, 18+, $19.95-$74.95, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, events.meowwolf.com.
Grandma dances to a holiday drum: The perennial Denver holiday classic returns with in-depth explorations of holiday traditions around the world. December 7-22, $45, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West, 303-295-1759, cleoparkerdance.org.
Hip Hop Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky meets Kurtis Blow in this collision between classical music and modern choreography. Nov. 23-24, Buell Theater, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival: The one-day festival features dance films from local dancers, producers and choreographers. February 22, 6:30 p.m., 1980 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, lifeartdance.org.
The Great Russian Nutcracker from the Moscow Ballet: A true Christmas extravaganza, with world-class performers and stunning sets and costumes, December 13-14, $29 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.