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There’s holiday excitement in the air inside the auditorium of Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater this Saturday, December 22, 2018 as an audience of all ages readies itself for a live performance of The Nutcracker by The Atlantic City Ballet and the Garden State Philharmonic orchestra!... READ ON

(HIGHLAND PARK, NJ) -- 10 Hairy Legs, the male repertory dance company will teach 4 Int/Adv Contemporary Classes at STEPS on Broadway Wednesdays and Fridays from January 9 – 18 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Artistic Director Randy James and members of the Artistic Staff will oversee and observe all the classes. Class begins with dynamic floor sequences that warm up the body’s core, using the floor as a tool to explore connectivity throughout the entire body. The floor sequences build on one another, bringing the mover to standing phrases across the floor. Once on two feet the class establishes the body’s connection with dynamic shifts in and out of the ground, culminating in a final phrase that builds upon the body’s exploration of different initiations with supple and expressive virtuosity. Phrase work from their extensive repertory of commissioned and curated work will be explored.... READ ON

(OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ) --  The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, Monmouth County’s newest (and only) professional ballet company, will present the first performance of its 2019 season, the world premiere of “The Jungle Book,” on February 2 and 9 at 8:00pm, February 3 at 3:00pm, and February 10 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.... READ ON

Although it’s raining cats and dogs outside, the feeling is more about mice, fairies, princes, and toy soldiers inside Red Bank, NJ’s Two River Theater this Sunday, December 16, 2018 as a sold-out audience of all ages readies itself for a holiday performance of American Repertory Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker!... READ ON

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- The Flamenco Nights at Galeria West concert series, presented by TEATRO Sí, returns on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30pm at the cozy Galeria West Art & Music Gallery, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield, NJ. The event includes Spanish flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes, vocalist & percussionist Jose Moreno, accomplished flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado and a special guest music artist for an exciting evening of internationally popular Flamenco Puro music & dance. ... READ ON

(HIGHLAND PARK, NJ) -- 10 Hairy Legs, the male repertory dance company, will accept and consider submissions to create new works for the company. The initiative is open to anyone seeking to work with the company. Submissions must include a maximum of 10 words to describe the choreographer’s vision for the work and a link to one sample representing that artist’s dance esthetic. 10 Hairy Legs is an equal opportunity employer.  Submissions will be accepted January 1 – 10 only and emailed to Betsy Sobo, Executive Director. ... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Dynamic. Infectious. Energetic. From the hit show STOMP, Ryan Johnson, and award-winning performing artist, Quynn Johnson, UCPAC presents SOLE Defined on Saturday, January 26th at 8:00pm.  A portion of the proceeds will support the UCPAC Humanities Scholarship. SOLE Defined is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. They are committed to their mission to restore and preserve percussive dance in international communities.... READ ON

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents the return of the smash hit, STOMP for three performanceson Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:00pm and Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. From its beginning days as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.  Tickets range from $35-$98.  ... READ ON

Celebrate the season with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center‘s holiday smash, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet gets an urban makeover in this fresh retelling of the timeless tale. With contemporary dance moves and a New York City backdrop, this festive tradition feels new once again. Join Jesse and Dave as they talk to the creators of this bold show, which explodes onto the stage in Newark on Friday, December 14.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- For the 9th consecutive year, NimbusPRESENTS its local holiday favorite: Jersey City Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned orchestral score, Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s city adventure, following them through fantasy, adversity, and celebration with lessons about friendship and community along the way. This year’s performances feature two exciting new components: video mapping and projection design by award-winning video artists Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger. Also new: families can enjoy a pre-show Winter Carnival with games, concessions, and holiday craft vendors. Public performances run from Friday, December 14 to Saturday, December 22.... READ ON

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