The South African choreographer, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, no stranger to New Yorkers, comes to The Joyce Theater (Jan. 15-18) with “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro,” “…set in a graveyard filled with the haunting music of Isicathamiya singers—an a cappella style originating from the Zulu people,” according to the release. And from Maqoma, the show he says, is “a lament, a requiem required to awaken a part of us, the connection to the departed souls.” For more information, visit


Dec. 4-Jan. 5––The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under artistic director Robert Battle, returns for their annual New York City Center five-week season. Included on this season’s program are world premieres: “Greenwood” by Donald Byrd and “Ode” by Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts; company premieres of “BUSK” by Aszure Barton and “City of Rain” by Camille A. Brown; new productions of “Divining” (1984) by Judith Jamison and “Fandango” (1995) by Lar Lubovitch; plus, repertory favorites including Ailey’s “Memoria” and “Revelations.” For more information visit

Dec. 17-Jan. 5––Dorrance Dance brings a holiday program that runs into the New Year “…with a jazz-infused program of enchanting tap dance works,” in an inspired interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” The impressive list of collaborators includes Josette Wiggan-Freund, Hannah Heller, Melinda Sullivan, Bill Irwin and many more. Also on tap is original live music by Donovan Dorrance, Gregory Richardson and Aaron Marcellus; Harlequin & Pantalone. For more information visit


Jan. 4-12––Here are only some of the many performances that happen in and around New York City as part of the annual coming together of dance artists and representatives, Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP): Mariana Valencia a Performance Space AIR recipient ( Jan. 9-11); Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Marjani Forté-Saunders and more at New York Live Arts (––Jan. 12); Kyle Marshall, Kimberly Bartosik, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Kazunori Kumagai and more, all AIR recipients at the 92nd Street Y (––Jan. 10 & 12); DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X (––Jan. 8-11); Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at City Center Studio (––Jan. 11-12); and Sidra Bell Dance New York at The Ailey Studios (––Jan. 12).

Jan. 7-12––The fifth annual “American Dance Platform” returns to The Joyce Theater, this year curated by Christy Bolingbroke, the founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. This year’s lineup includes Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH), Bruce Wood Dance (Dallas, TX), Limón Dance Company (New York), Embodiment Project (San Francisco, CA), ODC/Dance (San Francisco, CA), Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Miami, FL), and Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia, PA). For more information, visit

Jan. 9-12––At Baruch Performing Arts Center, Japan Society presents Blood Moon “…a poetic opera-theatre piece for three characters who encounter the past on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain-top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning,” according to the release. For more information, visit

Jan. 10––BAAD! and Pepatián presents the 10th annual “Bronx Artist Now: Showcase & Conversation,” curated by Beatrice Capote and Maleek Washington. Featured artists are Joan Bradford, Alexander Diaz, Cynthia Paniagua, Beverly Lopez, Candace Tabbs. For more information, visit

Jan. 10-14––Japan Society will offer The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood by Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan’s young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI. For more information, visit

Jan. 13-14––As part of the “Works & Process,” the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presented will be two works, one each by Les Ballet Afrik and Ephrat Asherie Dance, plus a discussion with legendary dancer Archie Burnett. For more information, visit

Jan. 17-19––Shanghai Ballet and China Arts and Entertainment returns to David Koch Theater with Swan Lake, boasting 48 swans following the timeless love story of Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried and music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, directed and staged by Derek Deane, formerly the Artistic Director of English National Ballet. For more information, visit

Jan. 24-Feb 2––At Theater for the New City, the 45th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow returns with dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. For more information, visit

Jan. 25-26––For the 22nd year, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company brings the colorful and vibrant Chinese New Year Celebration to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit

Jan. 30-Feb. 1––The Bang Group’s annual POP Performance: Women in Motion returns with commissioned works from Same As Sister (S.A.S.)/Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown-Istrefi, asubtout (Katy Pyle +Eleanor Hullihan) and Rebecca Stenn. For more information, visit