Close out the year with some dance! Raja Feather Kelly and his company, the feath3r theory, will present “UGLY Part 3: BLUE” (Dec. 8-10) at The Chelsea Factory. Conceived, directed and performed by Kelly and company, “UGLY Part 3: BLUE” is the conclusion of Kelly’s trilogy on Queer Black subjectivity in the mainstream media.  “The trilogy began as a search for a metaphor to juxtapose Kelly’s identity as a Queer Black artist with his feeling of being an outsider to the mainstream Queer Black experience. It comes to a close with Kelly bridging his highly personal journey to one that is both universal and Alien. In UGLY Part 3: BLUE, the Alien—and the audience—are completely distinct and able to examine the popular culture that has shaped them and from which they desire to be freed,” notes the release. Kelly’s adds, “We are all searching for ourselves; there are too many labels and not enough meaning.” For more information visit


Nov. 30-Dec. 24: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under artistic director Robert Battle, returns to New York City Center for their annual winter season. The season’s program will include world and company premieres by Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Also on the programs are repertory favorites by Alvin Ailey, including a new production of “Survivors,” “Revelations” and many more. For more information, visit:

Dec. 8-10: At Danspace, early career choreographers Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Davalois Fearon, Tendayi Kuumba and Greg Purnell (UFly Mothership) will offer an evening of new works as part of Bloodlines/Bloodlines(future), a concept that began in 2014 to honor and preserve a lineage of postmodern dance artists who have inspired Stephen Petronio’s career as a dancemaker. Also on the program is a re-staging of a work by Petronio’s mentor and postmodern icon, Steve Paxton, for his company. For more information, visit:

Dec. 22: At the 92nd Street Y, Music from the Sole: Leonardo Sandoval & Gregory Richardson will present the evening-length work, “Partido,” mixing tap dance, body percussion and live music, with contemporary urban dance and music in the U.S. and Brazil. From Dec. 23-26, an online version will be available. For more information, visit:

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