This summer and fall, Boston will be home to some of the most interesting and visually stimulating dance companies. Enjoy modern dance, classical ballet and original choreography throughout the city at the city’s best cultural venues. Here are the best live dance performances coming to Boston.
Le Corsaire
Boston Ballet,
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 695-6955
Date: October 27, 2016 – November 6, 2016

Most people have seen at least one rendition of the Nutcracker, so maybe it is time to expand the ballet palette. Le Corsaire is a perfect next step into the world of classical dance. The beautiful music and elegant dancing are met with a fun adventurous pirate story that will appeal to the whole family. The riveting tale of danger and love on the high seas will be one of the best live dance performances in Boston this year.

Vertigo Dance Company
Citi Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(866) 348-9738
Date: October 29, 2016 – October 30, 2016

Modern dance enthusiasts absolutely must attend one of the Vertigo Dance Company’s Boston performances this fall. The world famous Israeli dance company was founded almost 25 years ago to celebrate creative innovation in environmental sustainability and social responsibility through the medium of dance. This is their Boston debut.

Reach: Urban And Suburban Teen Dance Program Free Outdoor Performance
Central Square Parking Lot
Bishop Allen Drive and Columbia St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 353-1597

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Reach is a summer dance program for teens in the greater Boston area. The program culminates in this free performance that includes jazz, hip hop, modern and ethnic dance – all with original choreography. The 45 minute performance in Central Square is not only a fun, free, family activity, it also provides wonderful inspiration for other aspiring dancers. The performance will take place in an open lot, so make sure to bring your own chairs to best enjoy the show.

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Maria Hassabi 
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100
Date: July 23, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and July 24, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Each summer the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston’s Seaport District hosts a fantastic series of live performances both in their museum space and on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. Attending these performances is free with museum entrance. One July performance to look forward to is focused on artist, choreographer and dancer Maria Hassabi. She combines modern dance with sculpture to make observers consider space in a new way. What makes her performance particularly special is that it happens continuously throughout the day all through the museum, so every viewer will experience the performance at a different time in a different way.

Rodin: Transforming Sculpture With Bosoma Dance Company 
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9500

Date: May 14, 2016 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm through September 5, 2016 from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum is one of the greater Boston area’s true gems, and the performance offerings are not to be overlooked. In partnership with BoSoma Dance Company, the museum is currently offering 101 days of “gestural performance” as the main exhibit. This series of performances explores the sculptural genius of Rodin and his famous works, including “The Thinker.” Dancers will perform around sculptures in the exhibit gallery to perfectly juxtapose movement and stillness in a thought-provoking way.

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