Pacific Northwest BalletCourtesy: Pacific Northwest Ballet

Curtain Call

These local dance companies dazzle with groundbreaking numbers and classic performances alike. Here’s where to catch the latest show.

Pacific Northwest BalletCourtesy: Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet

This internationally renowned company showcases more than 100 performances per year, both locally at McCaw Hall and abroad. Get swept up in the romance and magic of The Sleeping Beauty (Feb 1–10), or opt for the ballet take on the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apr 12–21). The Director’s Choice (Mar 15–24) is another standout for its mixed bill of modern choreography and dancers who are setting a new standard for ballet. *321 Mercer St;

Velocity Dance Center

Opened in 1996 as a training and rehearsal space, this Capitol Hill dance center is dedicated to contemporary movement, featuring experimentalists in weekly performances. On the first and third Mondays of every month, check out Sh*t Gold, an open-mic performance night at which artists of all genres have five minutes or less to show a sketch, task, or piece in-progress. 1621 12th Ave, Ste 100;

Whim W’Him

Whim W’Him’s performances engage and challenge its audiences with shows that make social commentary through movement. See it all with split-bill performance 3×3 (Jan 18–19, 25–26), which features 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Zoe Scofield, New York choreographer Yin Yue, and Whim W’Him’s own artistic director and founder, Olivier Wevers. Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer St;

Seattle Theatre Group

This nonprofit arts organization maintains three historic theaters in Seattle: The Paramount, The Moore, and The Neptune. With some 500 productions on average per year—spanning concerts and dances to films and lectures—these venues feature a little something for everyone from country rocker Kacey Musgraves (Feb 19) to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global blockbuster Cats (Mar 26–31) and a new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (July 31—Aug 11). *Multiple locations;


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