Best Upcoming Dance Performances In Tampa Bay

June 22, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

There is nothing quite like watching skilled dancers interpret musical expression using only their bodies. This summer, the Tampa Bay area will be showcasing some incredible local talent and incorporating all types of dance styles including ballet, ethnic and modern dance. From slow and haunting melodies to fast-paced and rhythmic numbers, these talented dancers are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

West Side Story
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400
www.rutheckerdhall.com

Date: June 21-23, 2013

“West Side Story” may not be a pure dance performance in itself, but fans of this Leonard Bernstein treasure have long held its complex choreography in high regard. While the most well-known scene might be the synchronized snapping in the opening number, the dance styles range from ballet to mambo to modern. This high-energy musical combines the romance of Shakespeare, the musical complexity of Leonard Bernstein, the lyrical genius of Stephen Sondheim and the masterful choreography of Jerome Robbins for a musical experience that will leave you breathless.

Core Performance Company Florida Dance Festival
USF School of Theater and Dance
3829 Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
(800) 982-2787
www.floridadanceassociation.org

Date: June 22, 2013

USF will be hosting several performances from the Florida Dance Association’s Florida Dance Festival. The Dance Festival is about the exploration of creative movement and offers instruction to dance students of all ability levels, from the novice to the advanced dancer, through the age of 17. This performance incorporates modern choreography, improvisation and artists from various mediums. Tickets for students and seniors are $15; general admission tickets are $20.

Sean Dorsey Dance: The Secret History of Love
USF School of Theater and Dance
3829 Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
(800) 982-2787
www.floridadanceassociation.org

Date: June 28, 2013

“The Secret History of Love” is an award-winning performance that is based on the LGBT Elders Oral History Project. This performance features poignant, real-life stories told by older members of the LGBT community. Through dance and story-telling, they will reveal the secret ways transgender and homosexual people were able to find love during the 1920s. Tickets for students and seniors are $15; general admission tickets are $22.

Sheetal Gandhi: Bahu-Beti-Biwi
USF School of Theater and Dance
3829 Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
(800) 982-2787
www.floridadanceassociation.org

Date: June 19, 2013

“Bahu-beti-biwi” is Hindi for “daughter-in-law, daughter, wife.” This performance incorporates modern dance, live vocals, powerful text and North Indian-influenced music to portray the life of an Indian-American teenage girl as she journeys through life, love, desire and longing. This powerful and humorous show is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Tickets for students and seniors are $15; general admission tickets are $20.

Heather Maloney: Unquiet Body
USF School of Theater and Dance
3829 Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
(800) 982-2787
www.floridadanceassociation.org

Date: June 26, 2013

This very special performance is presented in conjunction with Tigertail Productions and danceAble. DanceAble is a program specifically designed for dancers with physical impairments. This high-energy and expressive performance will include Florida Dance Association students and faculty, demonstrating that dance is a vital art form for people with and without disabilities. Tickets for students and seniors are $15; general admission tickets are $20.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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