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Dance festivals and new works fill the weekend

A bewildering number of choices exist this weekend for those seeking some cutting-edge dance performance. There’s festivals, free street performances, one-night cheap dates, and more, clustered in the lower Queen Anne and South Lake Union neighborhoods. With caffeine and good parking karma, a person could see more than one show a day. Like the heroine in Hans Christian Andersen’s "Red Shoes," the only danger may be a dropping from exhaustion by the time Monday arrives.

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SIDF, Photo Credit: Noelle Smithhart

Next Step
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
June 13, 7:30 pm
Pacific Northwest Ballet presents six world premieres choreographed by company dancers Andrew Bartee, Angelica Generosa, Jahna Frantziskonis, Margaret Mullin, Matthew Renko, Price Suddarth, and Ezra Thomson in this annual celebration of the next generation of choreographers and dancers. Featuring PNB School’s Professional Division students accompanied by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, the audience is often packed with the artists' friends and family. This fun evening fizzes with youthful energy and the $5 tickets for kids make it a great family outing (adult tickets top out at $20).

Seattle International Dance Festival
South Lake Union, multiple venues
June 13 to 22
Contemporary dance companies come to Seattle from around the globe, and many of the local companies strut their stuff too (next weekend features an entire section devoted to Seattle companies). The free ART-ON-THE-FLY on June 13, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and June 14, 12 pm to 6 pm, lets locals enjoy dance on the streets. The All Festival Pass offers a considerable savings for the indoor shows, letting people into seven shows for just $50. All details, including performance times, locations and ticketing information are available at

New Works Festival
On The Boards
June 13 to 15
The second and final weekend of the the 31st NW New Works Festival features artists from Washington, Oregon, and Montana. This festival features a mixture of styles, with theater, performance art, and dance. Look for local choreographer Amy O’Neal in "Something light, for the sake of the dark" this weekend, among others.

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