March 2019 Dance Calendar
CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 2/28/2019, 3:33 p.m.
The month of March is dominated by a full month of dance (March 1–30) at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, with their BAAD! Ass Women Festival. For the 19th annual Festival, BAAD! again celebrates “…the empowerment of women through art, culture and performance.” This year’s lineup includes: (March 9) “Flamenco Tablao” curated by Bronx-based dancer Nélida Tirado, offering a journey to Spain by way of the old “Café Cantantes” where spectators enjoyed drinks and a show; (March 22) Alicia Bauman-Morales in “Huracán: Storm Medicine,” “… a personal dance story, living altar and town hall about destruction, translation, and the transformative power of storms;” (March 23) Sole Sisters The BAAD! Ass Women dance concert with eight choreographers from the Bronx and beyond including Amber Funk Barton, Beatrice Capote, Deborah Conton, Mai Lê Hô and Tamara Williams; and (March 29–30) Davalois Fearon Dance in “For C.J.,” “… dedicated to artistic director Davalois Fearon’s nephew C.J., who was the victim of a fatal asthma attack in 2017,” notes the release. Though dominated by dance, there are also theater and film offerings. For more information visit www.baadbronx.org.
Through March 3: Under artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 25th anniversary season with three programs over two weeks. The programs are: Program A—the NYC premiere of “BACH 25” and “Star Dust” (2016); Program B—the world premiere of “Woke” and “From Then To Now;” and Program C—a matinee program, with “BACH 25” and “From Then To Now.” For more information visit www.joyce.org.
Feb. 28—March 2: Angie Pittman shares an evening with Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC at Danspace Project. For her Danspace commission, Pittman will present “Came Up in a Lonely Castle” and Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, “process memoir 4: The word, the spirit, and Little Rock.” For more information visit www.danspaceproject.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH:
March 1: For the studio showing, as part of a creative residency, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko performs “Chameleon (The Chelsea Installments)” at New York Live Arts’ in the “Live Feed” commissioning program. For more information visit
March 1: In Connecticut, at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, the flamenco dancer Farruquito, described as the “heir to one of the most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasties in Spain,” will present an evening of cante (singing), toque (guitar), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (hand clapping), and pitos (snapping) all requisite parts of the form. For more information visit www.quickcenter.com
March 2: For one-night-only, Rennie Harris/Puremovement will present, “Lifted,” Harris’ latest, evening-length work, set to house and gospel music, at NJPAC. For more information visit www.njpac.org
March 7—10: Flamenco dancer Sara Baras returns to City Center with her company Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras in her latest work, “Shadows” combining both traditional and modern flamenco with her trademark take on “La Farruca”—traditionally danced by male flamenco dancers. For more information visit
March 9–31: “Noche Flamenca,” under artistic director Martín Santangelo and dancer Soledad Barrio, comes to the Connelly Theater with “Entre Tú y Yo (Between You and Me),” an evening-length program of duets, solos and ensemble works exploring “the constraints imposed and the possibilities afforded by human relationships,” according to the release. For more information visit www.soledadbarrioandnocheflamenca.com
March 13: Cuba’s Ballet Contemporáneo De Camagey, with choreography and artistic direction by Pedro Ruiz, will make its U.S. debut in “CUBA Aqu” at the Kaye Playhouse. For more information visit www.hunter.cuny.edu
March 13—17: The dancers of Ailey II return to NYU Skirball for their annual season under artistic director Troy Powell. There are two programs: “All New” featuring premieres by four members of the Ailey family: “Tracks” by former Ailey dancer Uri Sands, “Ebb and Flow” by Powell, “Flock” by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle, and “Where There Are Tongues” by The Ailey School and Ailey Favorites features Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Road To One,” Juel D. Lane’s “Touch & Agree,” and Renee I. McDonald’s “Breaking Point” —all from the 2017-18 season. For more information visit www.alvinailey.org
March 14–17: At Abrons Arts Center, as part of the “TILT Kids Festival,” Okwui Okpokwasili’s will offer “Adaku’s Revolt” “celebrating the bravery of children who listen to their bodies and challenge societal values, through a story of a young Black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally,” notes the release. For more information visit
March 15: The National Dance Company of Ireland/Rhythm of the Dance, brings 22 step dancers, three tenors and a live band together in a journey about the Irish emigrants through music and dance at On Stage at Kingsborough. For more information visit
March 20—23: At Baruch Performing Arts, the CUNY Dance Initiative, residency program for New York City choreographers, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a series of performances and installations by 11 artists/companies in two separate programs including: Heidi Latsky Dance, Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez, Andrew Nemr, Miki Orihara Urban Bush Women, Parijat Desai, MBDance, Ephrat Asherie Dance and more. For more information visit www.baruch.cuny.edu
March 21—24: For their 21st year of paying tribute to dance artists, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, who conceived “From the Horses’s Mouth” will honor dance critic Deborah Jowitt. Activities will include panel discussions, plus performances by Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons Jr., Rajika Puri and much more. For more information visit
March 22: The dancers of “It’s Showtime NYC!” continue their regular presentations at The Met combining hip-hop and the age of chivalry matching freestyle dance with knights in armor. This series is commissioned by MetLiveArts in collaboration with The Met’s Arms and Armor department and the urban dance organization Dancing in the Streets of the South Bronx. For more information visit
March 25: For their 30th anniversary, and the T. Balasaraswati Centenary Celebration (bharata natyam dance guru), celebrations at Lotus Music & Dance will include performances, an awards ceremony and much more at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. For more information visit www.lotusmusicanddance.org
March 26—31: Ballet Hispánico returns to The Joyce for their annual season, this time with attention to connections between the Latinx and Asian diasporas. Works include Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísimo.” World premieres by Edwaard Liang (not yet named) and Bennyroyce Royon (Homebound/Alaala) that touch on migration, immigration, journeying and assimilation. For more information visit www.Joyce.org.
March 29: Kyle Marshall Choreography shares the bill with Tatyana Tenanbaum in an evening of in-progress works. For more information visit
March 30—31: Kyle Marshall Choreography will present his solo “King” as part of the Social Justice Concert at Raritan Valley Community College. For more information visit www.raritanval.edu
March 30—31: OcampoWang Dance presents “come 2gether—an evening of works by Chien-Ying Wang (USA) and YuChen Pan (JueDai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theatre, Taiwan),” two cultures and two dance companies at in The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center. For more information visit https://z976817.wixsite.com/chienyingwang.