Hill Rag Arts and Dining Special - Dance

Wolf Trap isn't just for summer outdoor concerts. You'd be surprised at the variety and sophistication of the entertainment offered at the Barns year-round. On Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., you can enjoy An Evening of Indian Dance at the Barns--a rich cultural experience of beautiful and emotionally-engaging classical and folk Indian dance and music. Vibrant costumes, lively music, and elaborate choreography will adorn the stage when the professional dancers from IDEA (Indian Dance Educators Association) perform. This performance will feature six popular, classical dance styles—Bharathanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Mohiniattam and Manipuri, representing various regions of India. $20-$25. wolftrap.org/barns


The Washington Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater every holiday season--this year, Dec. 4-28. The audience will be full of families, but the ballet itself is thoroughly appropriate for an entirely adult audience. Set in Georgetown and replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. 

On Nov. 29 and 30, there are also performances of The Nutcracker at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE with discounted tickets for east of the river patrons. thearcdc.org


On Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., East Meets West at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. This special evening will premier the Gin Dance Company Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff’s newest works "Face to Face", which explores how technology has changed the way we all interact and connect with each other in and "That’s Mozart," a fun and light hearted piece in which Shu-Chen creates and shapes the movements into Mozart’s humorous and playful music notes. This work delivers an awakening message for people to take charge and tell their own story. 

The Atlas is becoming the performing arts venue for new music, experimental dance, off-beat humor and performance art. Tickets are $28. East Meets West is performed by the Gin Dance Company of Northern Virginia. Read more at gindance.org.


Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center is a musical inspired by the story of Marie van Goethem, a young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family's poverty, her debt to the artist, and the lure of wealthy men, she struggles to keep her place in the corps de ballet--a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art. Little Dancer is at the Kennedy Center, Oct. 25-Nov. 30. In conjuncation with Little Dancer, the National Gallery of art presents Degas's Little Dancer, Oct. 5-Jan. 11. One of the Gallery’s most popular works of art, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen will be presented with 14 additional works from the Gallery’s collection. nga.gov


The Cuban Dance Social with DC Casineros at Dance Place in Brookland is an opportunity to dance--not just watch other people. On Friday nights Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Dec. 19 and Jan. 16, 8 p.m.-midnight, enjoy all levels of Latin dancing. This is Brookland’s great new chance to dance, meet new people and appreciate the richness of Cuban dance and art. Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba. The dance lesson is 8-8:30 p.m. and the remainder of the evening is open dancing. $12 includes appetizers and beverages. Book online at danceplace.org, call 202-269-1600 or pay at the door. Dance Place is at 3225 8th St. NE. dccasineros.org

An Evening of Indian Dance at The Barns. Photo: Courtesy of Wolf Trap
Every year Washington audiences delight at the dancing and music at our very own Nutcracker. Photo: Courtesy of The Washington Ballet
East Meets West. Courtesy of the Gin Dance Company
Little Dance Ages Fourteen at the National Gallery of Art, Oct. 5-Jan. 11. Photo: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art
Cuban Dance Social with DC Casineros. DC Casineros performing at the Latin Sizzle Festival with audience members. Photo: Laine Shakerdge.