Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

From Classical to Contemporary

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

From Classical to Contemporary

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There's no need to venture beyond Pittsburgh's three rivers this summer to see first-class dance.

From contemporary to classical - and a whole bunch of other styles - the city is rich with performing arts options to keep dance lovers heading to the theater all season long.

So grab your calendars! Here are some performances you won't want to miss ...

Reed Dance II debut: Things have been busy for Pittsburgh-based dancer/choreographer Greer Reed. In addition to recently opening a new dance studio, Bell Arts Academy in Aspinwall, she's founded a new junior youth ensemble, Reed Dance II. Pittsburgh can get its first glimpse of it at a debut showcase 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Alloy Studios (5530 Penn Ave., Friendship). Tickets are $25 at the door.

There are several other opportunities to catch the troupe in action this summer: 7 p.m. June 3 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium gala, June 11 at the Three Rivers Arts Festival (see below), and Aug. 20 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Information: bellartsacademy.com.

Pop-up performances: The Pillow Projects is branching out from its Point Breeze digs for a series of immersive site-specific performances across Downtown it's dubbing "Thought Pockets." From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3 on Strawberry Way between Grant Street and William Penn Place, The Ellipses Condition ? the name of the ongoing collaboration between poet/musician John Lambert and dancer/choreographer Pearlann Porter ? will share movement, music and its signature chalk drawings with passersby. The artists hope this will be the first pop-up performance of its kind, with the goal of planning a month-long series of them this fall. Information: www.pillowproject.org.

Full Bloom Summer Dance Party: On June 4, enjoy an evening of live performances (or take a spin on the dance floor yourself) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's annual Full Bloom dance party, which supports the East Liberty theater and its programming initiatives. The VIP reception starts at 7 p.m., with the dance party heating up at 9 p.m. Information: kelly-strayhorn.org/events/full-bloom-2016.

Bodiography: The Bodiography Center for Movement, under the direction of Maria Ca-ruso, will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Byham Theater, Downtown. The evening will spotlight the center's students in a range of classical and contemporary pieces. Tickets start at $25.75 for adults at trustarts.org or 412-456-6666.

Pittsburgh Pride: There will be dancing in the streets Downtown on June 5 in honor of Pittsburgh Pride, the city's annual LGBT celebration presented by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. Richard Parsakian, owner of Eons Fashion Antique in Shadyside and a performing arts connoisseur in his own right, has curated this year's dance lineup, which includes Texture Contemporary Ballet, Staycee Pearl dance project, slowdanger's Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson, Jasmine Hearn, Jean-Paul Weaver, Ella Mason and the Trevor C. …

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