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Whether modern or classic, well-executed dance is a beautiful thing to behold. Dance can convey a wide range of emotion where words are not necessary. Watching beautiful movement to music is both moving and mesmerizing. Pittsburgh has no shortage of great dance talent from the Pittsburgh ballet to the up-and-coming artists studying at Point Park University. If you are yearning to watch some great dance performances, here are some that are coming up in the Pittsburgh area.

Ballet Under The Stars
Hartwood Acres
200 Hartwood Acres
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 767-4420

Date: August 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Combine a beautiful summer evening with breathtaking ballet. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is giving a free performance at Hartwood Acres at the Middle Road Concert Area. The evening will feature a mixed repertory from the dancers. If you are a big fan of the ballet company, you can also come early and enjoy a barbecue dinner with the dancers, choreographers and producers from the company. Tickets are required for the dinner.

Martha Graham Dance Company
Byham Theater
101 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666

Date: October 1, 2016, various times

Enjoy the original dance style of Martha Graham as the Martha Graham Dance Company presents three dance pieces. The haunting and dramatic Dark Meadow Suite, the love inspiring Diversion of Angels and a new twist on a classic in Lamentation Variations. This performance is sure to appeal your mood and your love of quality dance. The Martha Graham Dance Company is known for its great talent and excellent technical choreography.

Multiple Choice: Hip Hop Edition Featuring EPMD
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666

Date: August 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Multiple Choice events at the August Wilson Center feature a live show, a fun after-party and tasty food from local food trucks available throughout. You can attend any part of the fun or all of it. For the upcoming hip hop party, you can enjoy hip hop music from artists such as EPMD, DJ Selecta, Track Meet Cypher featuring Reason, EOS and others. At 9 p.m. there will be a dance battle after-party featuring local freestyle performers and breakers. If you love the fast, fun and athletic excitement of hip hop dance, this is your chance to see it up close in a fun atmosphere.

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The Benedum Center
237 7th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(800) 840-9227

Date: October 28th-30th, various times

The story of Giselle is a tragic and dark tale of a village girl who dies of a broken heart. This classic ballet is a favorite of many for its beautiful choreography and haunting music. This year, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater celebrates director Terrence Orr’s 20th anniversary with newly designed sets and costumes to add a fresh appeal to this timeless favorite. The ghostly scenes and bittersweet ending make it perfect for a Halloween date.

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666

Date: October 21-22, 2016 8:00 P.M.

Watch Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company bring this compelling story to life through dance. Analogy/Dora: Tramontane tells the story of now 95 year old Dora Amelan, a French-Jewish nurse who defied the odds throughout the turbulent years of World War II and courageously worked in the Jewish underground. This beautiful and emotion filled story told through dance is one you are sure to remember for a lifetime.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at