Dance performances

Top 10 Twin Cities Dance Shows To Experience This Fall

Autumn sound garden

Enjoy the beauty of transforming colors as composer and director JG Everest shares the third of his four seasonal presentations, “Water Suite”. It features dancers Leslie O’Neill, Erika Hansen, Sarah Baumert and Megan Mayer. (Oct. 2, West River Parkway, Mpls. Free but reservations required,


Author Mary Shelley’s own story is woven into the narrative of her famous horror novel in Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s new twist. (October 7-24, Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. $42-$30,

performing arts center

The venue invites the community to celebrate its sleek new building with music and dancing. (Oct. 13, Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave. S., Mpls. 612-821-9202,

James Sewell Ballet

COVID-19 interfered with Sewell’s 30th anniversary tour plans last year. She therefore returns with a show that looks back on three decades of contemporary dance. In addition to the company’s repertoire, the show features a new work by Da’Rius Malone. Also available online. (October 16-17, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $20-$35,

Twin Cities Tap Festival

One of the highlights of this annual festival includes choreographer Jumaane Taylor’s “Supreme Love”, a tribute to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Also beware of RumbaTap inventor Max Pollak. (October 21-24, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. $15-$23, 612-206-3600,

“In the Wurkz”

South Side Chicago moves come to town when footwork dance company Era Footwork Crew tells its story of makeover with a free outdoor screening and two performances at the McGuire Theater. (Free pop-up Oct. 21, featured performance Oct. 22-23, Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Mpls. $28.50, 612-375-7600,

‘Awake. Living. A new.’

Choreographers Gabby Abram, Jennifer Pray and Elayna Waxse, part of the Threads Dance Project residency program, will present their work alongside “Out of the Ashes,” a film that revisits the heartbreaking moments of September 11, 2001. Also available online. (Nov. 6 and 7, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $20-$30, or 612-206-3600)

“Touch Code: (Re)claiming space”

Jagged Moves by Jennifer Glaws explores boundaries with flautist Julie Johnson, visual artist Jess Kiel-Wornson and a cast of dancers and designers. (Nov. 3-7, Southern Theater, $24, pay as able Nov. 6, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls.


New work by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company addresses the isolation created by the pandemic and the ongoing violence perpetrated against black people. Co-presented by the Walker Art Center and Northrop, it includes a violin solo for George Floyd titled “Tribute” by Pauline Kim Harris. (Nov. 10-14, Northrop Auditorium, 84 SE. Church St., Mpls. $60, 612-375-7600,

‘Shaamya – Of Equality’

Rita Mustaphi’s Katha Dance Theater teams up with singing legend JD Steele and artist Ifrah Mansour for a play inspired by Kazi Nazrul Islam’s poem that connects with communities of color today. (November 19-21, Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, $35, 651-291-7005,