JUNE 4-6 – FIREWALL DANCE THEATER. The dance arm of offtheWALL returns with Admission, a celebration of female empowerment and sisterhood in a world of all-boys’ clubs, glass ceilings and disproportionate salaries. Follow six women on their individual journeys of self-discovery. Off the Wall Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. Tickets: click on Showclix.
JUNE 5-6 – CITY OF ASYLUM. The Pittsburgh organization brings in award-winning French director Pascal Rambert to reproduce his A (micro) history of world economics, danced. Already performed in cities like New York City, Paris, Cairo and Tokyo, the local version will feature approximately 45 performers from the disability community, including their family, friends and caregivers, along with eight members of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and the musings of a philosopher played by artist/activist John Malpeade. New Hazlett Theater, 8 p.m. Free. Click on City for a reservation.
JUNE 5-14 – THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL. It’s a great opportunity to cross-train yourself in the arts so try to take it all in (TRAF). But Veronica Corpuz, who likes to attract arts newbies as well as sophisticates, has lined up some terrific twists on dance. The line-up, some of Pittsburgh’s best and brightest: Maree ReMalia l merrygogo in now is now and Multiple Bodies Project with Jil Stifel, Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson (June 6, 2 and 5 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center); Alexandra Bodnarchuk in Dance! From the Inside Out, a cross-genre collaborative video project with two dancers from Texture Contemporary Ballet, two dancers from The Get Down Gang and two modern dancers, plus videographer David Cherry and musician Andy Hasenpflug(June 6, 1 and 4 p.m., June 13, 1 and 4 p.m. at The Fountain, also June 7 from noon until 6 p.m. in the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone); Jasmine Hearn with Taylor Knight, Jessica Marino and Anna Taylor in a series of duets (June 7, Trust Arts Education Center, 2 and 5 p.m.) and Attack Theatre in Lost + Found: Memories Through Movement, an interactive performance experience (June 7, Gateway Plaza, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.). The Get Down Gang will also pair with Hidden Characters in an exhibition of true b-Boy style on the Stanwix Stage June 14 from 3-4 p.m. And don’t miss a pair of rare CREATE Festival performances by Pittsburgh artistic genius Bill Shannon. Also known as the Crutchmaster, he will bring TECH, part comedy, part dance, part social commentary, all original. (June 11, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 8-9 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Free reservations required due to limited seating.)
JUNE 6 – KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER BLOOM PARTY. It’s that time again, a benefit party to keep KST, that arbiter of contemporary dance and so much more, in, well, full bloom. VIP guests ($125) start at 7 p.m. onstage with live performances and DJ Lovelace. Local fare, special cocktails and a beer garden sponsored by Homestead’s Rock Bottom Brewery will satisfy the palate. A dance performance by Steel Dragon will lead guests to the dance floor, where DJs J Malls and Pandemic will keep things grooving from 9 p.m. until midnight. Partygoers can join the festivities at 9 for $50, where they can enjoy food, a cash bar, henna tattoos, a fab photo booth and more. Click on KST.
JUNE 9-14 – THE ROYAL BALLET. England’s gift to ballet returns to The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., not with the forward-thinking programs of recent years, but with a complete run of Don Quixote. However, this is a new, largely heralded production set by none other than star dancer Carlos Acosta, who will perform on opening night with Marianela Nunez. Click on Royal.
JUNE 11 – CSA SERIES TEENA MARIE CUSTER/ROBERTA GUIDO. The New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Arts (CSA) Series concludes with a dance pairing. B-girl Teena Custer is also a trained contemporary dancer with academic chops at Slippery Rock University and debuts her solo, My Good Side. She is paired with Roberta Guido, only a sophomore at The College at Brockport, NY, who will perform with Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson. Click on CSA.
JUNE 13 – SECOND SATURDAY. The Pillow Project continues with another evening-long improvisation, featuring dynamic duo Taylor Slowdanger Knight and Anna Slowdanger Thompson. Come and share a genuinely jazzed spirit! The Space Upstairs, 8-midnight. Tickets: $10 suggested, at the door.
JUNE 14 – PRIDEFEST. Devoted dance fan Richard Parsakian has lined up yet another keen-eyed representation of Pittsburgh dance during the final day of Pridefest. (What would we do without him?) See the scintillating Jasmine Hearn with “the most of us” including a song an dance with the crowd; Williams Dance Project, contemporary and vogue headed by the very hot Anthony Williams; Alan Obuzor’s seductive Texture Contemporary Ballet; brainiac Pearlann Porter’s The Pillow Project; slowdanger (nifty experimental movement and more) with Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson; and young artists Weylon Gomez and Jean-Paul Weaver. Split between stages on 6th and Liberty and 10th and Liberty, Downtown. 1:30-5 p.mm. Free.
JUNE 16-17 – MERZTANZ. Point Park University faculty member Peter LeBreton Merz debuts his new company, Merztanz, based in ballet but using improvisational techniques. Each night the dancers will develop new movement sequences, called MERZALFABET and generated from audience comments. More Merz dances from his repertoire will be presented. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 General Admission.
JUNE 17 – ATTACK THEATRE. AT invites everyone to come and observe its creative process. Come prepared to ask why at Studio A. Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District. 4-6 p.m.
JUNE 23 – ATTACK THEATRE. It’s a chance to hang out with the Attackers as they “launch” into another adventure on the three rivers . Yes, it’s We’re On a Boat!, the annual cruise to benefit the company. Pittsburgh Luxury Cruises Fantasy at Rockwell One Marina at 23rd Street in the Strip District. Free parking available. Boarding 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Cruising 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Docking 8 – 8:30 p.m. Minimum donation suggested $35.