-- Cirque du Soleil in “Dralion” at the Times Union Center — If you want to be dazzled, then Cirque du Soleil is for you. While this Canadian ensemble’s spectacles fall more in the circus arts category, Cirque du Soleil is for dance lovers as it’s all about beautiful bodies moving beautifully through space. Coupled with spectacular costumes and sets, “Dralion,” a mash-up of Eastern and Western circus arts, is guaranteed to wow. Oct. 2 to 5.
-- Parsons Dance at The Egg — Those of you lucky enough to see Parsons Dance every August at PS/21 know how joyful this glossy contemporary ensemble can be. Athletic, musical and disarmingly charming, this troupe will present a must- see show for the fall. Directed by former Paul Taylor Dance Company star, David Parsons, the company will celebrate its 30th “Whirlaway,” a salute to New Orleans with music by Allen Toussaint. Oct. 3.
-- Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion at MASS MoCA — This provocative ensemble, which mingles hip-hop with contemporary dance, explores African-American history and its residual effects on blacks today. At MassMoCA, the troupe will perform its evening-length work “Watershed,” which marks the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of South African Apartheid. Taking its inspiration from Max Roach’s “We Insist!: Freedom Now Suite,” the piece is enhanced by scenery by artist Glenn Ligon and music by Roach and Robert Glasper. Oct. 18 and 19.
-- BalletNext at Kaatsbaan International Center for Dance – This is a wonderful chamber ballet ensemble, founded and directed by former American Ballet Theatre principal Michele Wiles. Composed of a dozen dancers from top New York companies, including former New York City Ballet’s Stephen Hanna and Kaitlyn Gilliland, BalletNext seeks to stretch the boundaries of ballet while preserving its dignity. Better still, Kaatsbaan’s intimate theater will give balletomanes a close-up look at these marvelous dancers. Oct. 18.
-- Brian Brooks Moving Company at UAlbany Performing Arts Center — The first in the new “In the Raw” series, titled so as production values are eliminated, will showcase Brian Brooks’ kinetically electric contemporary company. Known for his unique duets and pushing the boundaries of strength and endurance, the performance will likely be refreshingly frothy. Nov. 2.
-- Starburst of Dance Gala at Kaatsbaan International Center for Dance — While galas tend to be a bit pricey for the average dance-goer, this showcase will be well worth the price. The event, a rarity for the Tivoli dance haven, will highlight dancer Wendy Whelan as well as stars from American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Other guests in this parade of world-class dance include Kaatsbaan favorites Buglisi Dance Theatre, Dances Patrelle and ZviDance. Nov. 15.
— Gazette dance writer Wendy Liberatore
Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls. 798-9663, www.woodtheater.org
Dec. 13 and 14: Adirondack Ballet Theater in “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 6: Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre in “Yuletide Celebration”
eba Theatre, Albany. 465-9916, www.eba-arts.org
Nov. 7, 8 and 9: Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre in “Brave New Dances”
The Egg, Albany. 473-1845, www.theegg.org
Oct. 3: Parsons Dance
Oct. 24: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Nov. 21: Cartier Williams and Company
Dec. 20: Albany Berkshire Ballet in “The Nutcracker”
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy. 276-4135, empac.rpi.edu
Nov. 21: Begum Erciyas in “This Piece Is Still To Come”
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 845-757-5106, www.kaatsbaan.org
Oct. 18: BalletNext
Oct. 25: Project 44
Nov. 1: Sun Ock Lee
Nov. 2: Maya Dance Theatre
Nov. 8: American Dance Machine
Nov. 15: Starburst of Dance Gala
Dec. 13: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org
Oct. 18 and 19:
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in “Watershed”
Palace Theatre, Albany. 465-3334, www.palacealbany.com
Nov. 29: Moscow Ballet in “The Nutcracker”
Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204, www.proctors.org
Nov. 22: Dancing Pros LIVE
Dec. 6-7: Northeast Ballet in “The Nutcracker”
Russell Sage College, James L. Meader Little Theatre, Troy. 244-2248, www.sage.edu/rsc/
Nov. 14 and 15: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-5790, www.skidmore.edu
Oct. 16 and 18: David Lang and So Percussion in Debra Fernandez’s “Doubling,” Tang Teaching Museum
Dec. 5 and 6: Winter Dance Concert, Skidmore Dance Theater
Times Union Center, Albany. 1-800-745-3000,
Oct. 2-5: Cirque du Soleil in “Dralion”
University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany. 442-3300, www.albany.edu/pac
Nov. 2: Brian Brooks Moving Company