(credit: Festival Ballet Theatre)

(credit: Festival Ballet Theatre)


Dance performances aren’t always easy to find, even with the wide variety of dance forms. Still, if you’re a fan of dance, you probably like to see it performed by the best available artists. You’ll definitely get to see the best if you check out any of these upcoming performances in Orange County.
(credit: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

(credit: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)


Tour de Force
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org
Date: August 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Finding a good dance show at Segerstrom is no surprise. After all, this venue has 30 years of experience presenting world-renowned ballet shows. This show is something of an anniversary celebration for the center. This show features three premieres: Tristesse by Marcelo Gomes, Le Divertissement du Roi by Maxim Petrov, and Clay by Vladimir Varnava. If you’re a fan of ballet, this is definitely an event you want to put on your calendar.

(credit: thebarclay.org)

(credit: thebarclay.org)


Chotto Desh
Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646
www.thebarclay.org
Date: Oct. 27-29, 2016 at 8 p.m.

It’s not always easy to get kids interested in dance performances, mostly because it involves sitting still. However, some dance performances are actually tailored to get kids interested. Chotto Desh tells the story of a man who wants to become a dancer and follows his journey from England to Bangladesh. This is a great story that just happens to be told through dance. Take the whole family to the Barclay for this performance that is sure to delight.

(credit: Marlene J./yelp)

(credit: Marlene J./yelp)


The Secret Garden
Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646
www.thebarclay.org
Date: Oct. 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The Secret Garden is one of those books that has been passed down through generations. While the book is a favorite with both parents and children, this performance gives you the opportunity to see the book brought to life. The Secret Garden brings a new meaning to the phrase “getting lost in a good book.” Bring the whole family for this performance that will make you feel like you are inside this classic novel.

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(Credit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

(Credit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts)


Shanghai Acrobats
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org
Date: Oct. 1, 2016 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Shanghai Acrobats isn’t a traditional dance performance. However, there is a lot of choreography when this group does stunts in addition to juggling and spinning items. While it may not be a traditional dance show, this group does incorporate some traditional Chinese dances into its performance. This is a great show for the whole family to see some amazing things while experiencing a lesson in Chinese culture.

 (credit: Ethan Pisz)

(credit: Ethan Pisz)


Festival Ballet Theatre: Gala of the Stars
Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646
www.thebarclay.org
Date: Aug. 12, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Every year, The Barclay hosts a gala that brings in stars from the world of ballet to perform in Irvine. This year marks the ninth edition of this event, and like previous years, it is sure to sell out. Among the performers this year are dancers from The American Ballet Theatre, Staatsballet Berlin and others. Seeing all of these artists on one stage is truly a treat for any fan of ballet. 

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com

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