The Egg will emphasize jazz along with traditional and contemporary world dance during its 2008-09 dance season.
THE EGG 2008-09 DANCE SCHEDULE
Jazz Dance New York (& Chicago)
Saturday, Jan. 31: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with The Nneena Freelon Quintet, 8 p.m. $28, $24 senior and $14 child.
Friday, Feb. 13: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, 8 p.m. $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Saturday, March 28: Ballet Hispanico with Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Arturo O’Farrill, 8 p.m. $28, $24 senior and $14 child.
Saturday, April 11: Savion Glover, 8 p.m., $38, $34 senior and $19 child.
Thursday, April 30: Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, 7:30 p.m., $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Saturday, May 9: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, 8 p.m. $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Dance the World
Friday, Oct. 3: [bjm_danse], 8 p.m., $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Friday, Oct. 10: Tapeire, 8 p.m. $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Saturday, Nov. 22: Belly Dance Superstars, 8 p.m., $24, $20 senior and $12 child.
Sunday, Dec. 7: Pilobolus, 7 p.m., $28, $24 senior and $14 child.
Friday, March 13: Flamenco Vivo! Carlota Santana, 8 p.m., $26, $22 senior and $13 child.
Sunday, April 19: Nederlands Dans Theatre II, 7 p.m., $28, $24 senior and $14 child.
Saturday, Nov. 29: BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular!, 3 p.m. $22, $18 senior and $11 child.
Sunday, April 5: New York Theatre Ballet in “Cinderella,” 3 p.m., $22, $18 senior and $11 child.
Sunday, April 26: Bucket & Tap Shoes: Ten Foot Five, 3 p.m., $20, $16 senior and $10 child.
The lineup of 15 events will include some recurring favorites such as Savion Glover and Pilobolus, as well as some artists new to the Egg, including Tapeire, a Celtic tap ensemble, and Belly Dance Superstars.
As usual, the Egg has broken down its dance events into series: “Dance New York,” “Dance the World” and “Family Dance.” The Egg discontinued its “Dance Close” series, which placed smaller ensembles on its more intimate Swyer Theatre.
The New York series, which doesn’t get started until 2009, will move to the rhythms of jazz and include guests from Chicago. Various styles of jazz dance — from African roots to swing and tap to Latin and modern — will be performed to live music. Among the artists will be Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with live music by the Nneena Freelon Quintet, Ballet Hispanico with live music by Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Arturo O’Farrill and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project led by Billy Seigenfeld.
The world lineup will run from traditional to contemporary with such ensembles as [bjm_danse] from Montreal, Nederlands Dans Theatre II from Amsterdam and Flamenco Vivo! Carlota Santana of New York and Madrid.
Finally, the family series, intended to introduce young people to dance in breezy concerts, will feature hip-hop crew “Break!,” New York Theatre Ballet’s “Cinderella” and “Buckets & Tap Shoes.”
Series can be purchased as a discounted package. However, dance enthusiasts can create their own series and receive the following discounts: Three or more performances is 10 percent off; five or more performances is 15 percent off, seven or more performances is 20 percent off and 10 or more performances is 25 percent off.
More information is available by calling The Egg box office at 473-1845 or visiting www.theegg.org.