Boston’s Best Upcoming Dance Performances

June 17, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo from Night of Stars on the Common)

Boston has some of the best dance theater in the country. From amateur dance teams to famous companies, there is always a variety of dance to enjoy in the city. This summer and fall, Boston is host to annual events, cultural dance, ballet and dance festivals. Whether visitors want to just celebrate the art and beauty of dance or sit for a more formal event, there is something coming up in Boston that will suit all tastes.
(Photo from Night of Stars on the Common)

(Photo from Boston Ballet)

Night of Stars on the Common
Boston Common
Boston, MA 02108
Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Night of Stars on the Common is a free performance for anyone who arrives at the Boston Common. Do not worry if it looks crowded. The Boston Ballet has decided to put big screens on the Common that will stream the dances for those who are too far away to get a good look at the stage. This is the first time that the Boston Ballet will be doing this free show on the Common. It is a celebration of the Ballet’s 50th year and a gift to Boston for supporting the ballet for so long.

Related: Boston’s Best Places To See Ballet

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5th Annual Caliente
City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02108

Date: July 13, 2013

Caliente at the City Hall Plaza is a celebration of dance that focuses on local acts. This nod to Latin music and dance is being headlined this year by Jerry Rivera — a Grammy award-winning salsa singer. The dancing is going to be fiery, the music energetic and the crowd hopefully bustling. Latin music and dance is all about physicality, controlled movement and romance. Visitors should have fun watching the talent and perhaps dancing a little themselves.

(Photo from OnStage)

(Photo from OnStage)

OnStage Season Five Performance
Boston Conservatory Theater
31 Hemenway St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-6340
Date: June 23, 2013

The OnStage Dance Company is an amazing group that is comprised of roughly 77 local dancers. This seasonal event is its way of getting a chance to be in front of an audience for an evening. The best part is that the company throws together a set that features a number of different dance styles – from Bollywood to ballet. The variety itself is a good enough reason to make it to this performance, as there are very few like it in Boston this season. Even better is that dance fans may find a rising dancer or choreographer to follow in the months and years to come.

Related: Boston’s Best Dance Studios

(Photo from Boston Salsa Festival)

(Photo from Boston Salsa Festival)

Boston Salsa Festival

Westin Waltham Boston
70 3rd Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 290-5600
Date: Aug. 16-18, 2013

This year, the Boston Salsa Festival will be held at the Westin Hotel for the first time. The festival is more than just performances, though it will have several from talented dancers. There will also be teachers at the festival, so guests can learn how to dance. Moreover, there will be music so guests can dance socially and show off their new skills.

(Photo from Mt. Auburn Cemetery)

(Photo from Mt. Auburn Cemetery)

A Glimpse Beyond
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-7105

Date: July 27, 2013

This 90-minute performance starts at the gates of Mount Auburn Cemetery and takes much of the same approach as a grief walk. Visitors to “A Glimpse Beyond” may be surprised at this dance and musical performance amidst the graves, but it really is something to behold. The cemetery itself is famously beautiful. The performers have historically been artfully dressed and well rehearsed. This year’s show promises to be yet another stunning and surreal evening.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at