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This month’s calendar begins with a celebration of a New York dance treasure, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, through the dance-narrative series “From the Horse’s Mouth,” Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at the City College Center for the Arts’ Aaron Davis Hall. Inspired to open its doors to many who craved everything dance in 1959, Clark Center “was a multicultural community which became a haven for Black dancers who, at that time, did not have ample opportunity to study or have access to quality teaching and rehearsal space. The Center provided dancers the opportunity to study technique, choreography and explore their talents,” notes the release. Clark Center closed in 1989.

For this momentous celebration, four days of festivities, including unparalleled gatherings and performances, are scheduled. There will be a panel discussion with Celia Ipiotis, Ella Moore, Martial Roumain, Anna Kisselgoff and Linda Kent (Sept. 28), master classes with Robin Dunn (Sept. 28) and Iqual Shaheed (Sept. 29), plus an evening of stories titled “Stories That Explore Memories” (Sept. 30). Performances will take place Oct. 1 and 2, with an all-star cast of Clark Center alums, including Loretta Abbott, Ron Alexander, Germaul Barnes, Mickey Davidson, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre (on film), Meredith Monk, Ella Thompson Moore, Sandra Rivera, Martial Roumain, Marlies Yearby and so many more! For more information, visit www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org.


Sept. 29-Oct. 4: In their Joyce debut, the young dancers of the Batsheva Ensemble will perform “Decadance,” created by the artistic director of Batsheva Dan19ce Company, Ohad Naharin. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.

Sept. 24-Dec. 5: Lincoln Center’s inaugural venture into the movies, titled “Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance,” will show works by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Oct. 22), Ballet Hispanico (Nov. 12) and New York City Ballet (Dec. 5). For more information, visit www.LincolnCenterattheMovies.org.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3: The Brazilian-born choreographer Patricia Hoffbauer premieres “Dances for Intimate Spaces and Friendly People,” a series of duets, trios and quartets presented simultaneously as installations in various Gibney Dance studios. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.

Sept. 30-Oct. 11: Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival that brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year No. 12 with five diverse programs that includes performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill Irwin and Tiler Peck, Che Malambo, La Companhia Urbana de Dança; Dorrance Dance, doug elkins choreography, Houston Ballet, Jesus Carmona and Cia, Miami City Ballet, Nrityagram, Stephen Petronio Company and many more. For more information, visit www.NYCityCenter.org.


Oct. 2: The avant-garde Korean performance artist Sin Cha Hong performs as part of the “Fridays at Noon” series at the 92nd Street Y. For more information, visit www.92y.org.

Oct. 3: Led by Hank Smith, performer and keeper of all things tap, “The Story of Tap 2015” returns to Dixon Place for one night only after a 10-year absence. Smith will engage tap dancers in conversation and show clips, and of course there will be dancing. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.

Oct. 4: Pentacle’s “Fall Further IV” series comes to Dixon Place with performances by Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co., danceTactics Performance Group, Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, Indah Walsh Dance Company and Lorraine Chapman the Company. For more information, visit www.pentacle.org.

Oct. 6: The recurring series “Under Exposed” at Dixon Place, curated by Doug Post, will showcase Cameron McKinney, Stephanie Franck, Sophie Sotsky and Brendan Duggan / LoudHoundMovement. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.

Oct. 6-8: Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy makes her Joyce Theater debut with “They Rose at Dawn,” a solo performance where “women are depicted as carriers of ritual who navigate inner and outer worlds as they invoke a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.

Oct. 8-11: The 2015 DUMBO Arts Festival, to be held at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, will feature a wide range of artists, including Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Kyle Marshall Choreography, Sun ae Hwang/SUNPROJECT, Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L’Air, Company SBB, Alenka Cizmesija, Birds of a Feather: Aerial Duo, Ju Hwan Hwang, Joori Jung/ARTLAB J DANCE, Emily Bufferd, Buglisi Dance Theatre, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company and more. For more information, visit www.whitewavedance.com.

Oct. 12: Misty Copeland and filmmaker Nelson George will have a screening and conversation surrounding their film “A Ballerina’s Tale” at the 92nd Street Y. For more information, visit www.92y.org

Oct. 13-18: The Apollo Theater again hosts “Breakin’ Convention: An International Festival of Hip-Hop Dance Theatre,” featuring Les Twins (France), Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia), BirdGang Dance Company (U.K.), NL2 Formerly known as Next Level Squad (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Compagnie Phorm (France/Argentina), the Ruggeds (Holland), Tito Lockers from Soulsations! (New Jersey), Antoinette Gomis (France), Klassic and Havoc (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Street Justice Crew (New York City), Rep Your Style (New York City) and Legendary Twins (Bronx, N.Y.). For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

Oct. 14: The documentary on Misty Copeland, “A Ballerina’s Tale” by Nelson George under Sundance Selects, will be released in theaters and On Demand. The film follows Copeland from her lead performance in Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” through her painful injury and recovery, to her return to ABT, and examines issues of race and body image in the elite ballet world. For more information visit www.aballerinastale.com

Oct. 22-24: Lincoln Center’s “White Lights Festival” and Baryshnikov Arts Center presents British choreographer/dancer Aakash Odedra in the U.S. premiere of two solos rooted in personal experience: “Inked,” inspired by his grandmother’s tattoos, choreographed by Damien Jalet, and “Murmur,” a collaboration with Australian choreographer Lewis Major, portraying Odedra’s experience of being dyslexic. For more information, visit www.lincolncenter.org.

Oct. 29-31: Donald Byrd returns to New York with the premiere of “The Minstrel Show Revisited,” a reworking of his 1991 Bessie Award-winning dance-theater production that “takes a satirical look at the derogatory song and dance tradition of minstrelsy,” according to the release. Performances will take place at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.nyuskirball.org.