OCT. 1-3 – CONSERVATORY DANCE COMPANY. Point Park University’s dance department begins the year with the Student Choreography Project, where students vie for the chance to create a work and define everything that goes along — lights, costumes, etc. George Rowland White Performance Studio. Program A Thurs. at 8, Sat. at 2; Program B Fri./Sat. at 8. Tickets: $20 Adult; $10 Senior/Student. Click on CDC.
OCT. 3 – NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE. A dynamic duo, company stars Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, opens the Pittsburgh Dance Council season. This is a great way to enter the world of Odissi dance. Byham Theater, 8 p.m. Tickets: $19-555. 412-456-6666, Nrityagram or Box Office at Theater Square.
OCT. 9 – PHILADANCO. One of the most popular groups on the Pittsburgh Dance Council series over the years, the Philadelphia troupe helps to re-open the August Wilson Center with one of its energetic programs. 8 p.m. Tickets: 420-35. 412-456-6666, PHILADANCO or Box Office at Theater Square.
OCT. 9 – SLOWDANGER. That’s Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight, 20-somethings who have made an early impact on the local dance scene. They have a unique blend of movement, sound and image in Memory 4, “an exploration of the way memories are relived and redefined in each passing moment.” Dance Alloy Studios, 8 p.m. Pay What Makes You Happy. Click on Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
OCT. 10 – SECOND SATURDAY. The Pillow Project series continues another improvisational, yet expert evening, featuring GOOD DUDE LOJACK. Come and share a genuinely jazzed atmosphere! The Space Upstairs, 8 – midnight. Tickets: $10 suggested, at the door.
OCT. 16 – LUKE MURPHY/ATTIC PROJECTS.
Irish native and dance graduate of Point Park University, Luke brings his latest, On Triumph and Trauma
, a “poetic exploration of a turning point in Irish history and identity.” Alloy Studios, 8 p.m. Pay What Makes You Happy. Click on Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
OCT. 16-17 – BULGARIAN MACEDONIAN NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary, BMNECC is sponsoring a two day festival featuring live music, ethnic food and performances by some of America’s best Bulgarian folk dance troupes. Fri. 7 p.m.: Otets Paissi Dance Ensemble, Danka Folklore Dance Group and Shareni Charapi Children’s Group. Sat. 7 p.m.: Bulgari from Montreal, Bulgarian Spirit from St. Louis, Dimitrovche from Toronto, Friends of Bulgarian Dance from Detroit, Horo from Chicago, Izvor from Detroit and Rosa from Atlanta. West Mifflin Middle School, $15. Following both performances is a Vecherinka Balkan dance party at BMNECC in West Homestead at 9:30 p.m., $10. Ethnic food will be available for purchase and a cash bar is available until 2 a.m. A combined ticket for each night is $20. 412-461-6188 or BMNECC
OCT. 23-24 – THE NAYIKA PROJECT.
Part of the Cultural Trust’s India in Focus festival, this is a combination of hip hop artist Paige Hernandez and Kuchipudi dancer Chitra Kalyandurg, telling the tale of a teenager recovering from a break up in a relationship. For students 14+, Peirce Studio, student matinees Fri. at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Also Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 412-456-6666, Nayika
or Box Office at Theater Square.
OCT. 23-25 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE.
PBT has a season opener unlike no other the company has done. Jiri Kylian’s rich Sinfonietta.
William Forsythe’s angular In the Middle Somewhat Elevated
. George Balanchine’s rollicking Western Symphony
. All from a choreographic A-list. Fri./Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets: $28-105. 412-456-6666, Box Office at Theater Square, PBT
OCT. 24 – MOE SEAGER. Poetry and jazz legend Moe Seager returns from Paris to his home, Pittsburgh. An intimate evening of words, music and dance with The Pillow Project. The Space Upstairs, 8 p.m. Pay at the door, TBD.
OCT. 31 – BALAFON WEST AFRICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE.
Mama Katdiatou’s group celebrates the conclusion of its Black River Conference at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 8 p.m. Pay What Makes You Happy. Click on Balafon.