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Seattle’s dance card completely filled this weekend

Alvin Ailey’s company is performing downtown; Pacific Northwest Ballet’s favorite fairies are flying at the Seattle Center; Relay Dance Collective is presenting a big program of new and old modern works; and the young and the rebellious are shaking up Capitol Hill’s Erickson Theatre.

Dance fiends need to empty their wallets and put the rest of their lives on hold if they want to see everything available in Seattle April 11 to 13, 2014.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
The company returns to Seattle with two different programs. “The River,” “D-Man,” and “Revelations” will be performed on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, they will dance “Grace,” “Minus 16,” and “Revelations.” The latter piece, created in 1960, has become one of the company’s and the choreographer’s signature pieces. Information about tickets and times available at STG website.

B O O ST dance festival
Erickson Theater
1524 Harvard Ave
This eclectic gathering of Seattle’s youngest and edgiest dancers and choreographers swings into a second and final packed weekend. The organizers invite their fans to linger after the show for drinks, discussions, and a little dancing. Appearing April 11 and 12 at 8 pm (no April 13 show) are Iyun Harrison (Ashani Dances), Catherine Cabeen, Elia Mrak, Marlo Martin (Badmarmardance), Babette McGeady (The Pendelton House), Kaitlyn Dye, and Alicia Mullikin (Entropy).

Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St
With George Balanchine’s choreography, Tony award-winning Martin Pakledinaz’s costumes and scenery created especially for Seattle’s PNB, one of Felix Mendelssohn’s best scores, and a comedic fairy tale by William Shakespeare, this is a hugely popular classical evening out for balletomanes of all sizes. Expect the Amusements gift shop to be stuffed with fairy wings and other glitter too. Besides performances this weekend, the ballet will run April 17 to 19 at McCaw Hall.

Relay Dance Company
Theatre Puget Sound
Seattle Center
Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Gabrielle Nomura partnered with Seattle Kokon Taiko to create a new dance piece about the Japanese American World War II experience. It’s part of Relay Dance Collective’s “Beginnings” at Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4 space located on the fourth floor of the Seattle Center armory building (formerly The Center House).