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Dance, Dance, Dance! A Winter Calendar of the Heavy Hitters

From classic to cutting-edge, here's what's hot in the world of dance for January and February.

Mormophes Ballet Troupe
In just two short years, Christopher Wheeldon went from being a New York City Ballet rookie to its first artist-in-residence. Now, scarcely 10 years later, he's the talk of the modern ballet choreography town. Prolific, inventive and forward-thinking, expect to see an exciting new twist to a classic art form.
YBCA Novellus Theater, January 23-24, 415-978-2787, $32-$49

SF Ballet's Swan Lake
You can't get more traditional than this—Helgi Tomasson’s full-length Swan Lake featuring Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking score returns for an encore presentation after a sold-out run last year. It's a timeless story of transcendent love, complete with the lavish costumes and scenery you'd expect from the SF Ballet.
War Memorial Opera House,  January 23-31, 415-865-2000, $45-$275

Uncovered: The Diary Project
Get ready for the naked truth—literally. Sean Dorsey Dance brings back Uncovered: The Diary Project by popular demand after last year's sold-out runs in San Francisco and New York. Using text from real-life diaries of transgender and queer folks, the show's powerful dances reveal stories that history has tried to keep out of the public sphere. From bathhouse antics to pop idols obsessions and tales of outrageous love, this is a powerful raw performance you won't want to miss.
Dance Mission Theater, February 4-7, 415-273-4633, $15-$20

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company: Two-Year-Old Gentlemen
Be moved by a performance both modern and tribal. This Brooklyn-based dance company fuses traditional African dance with contemporary movement and spoken word. Two-Year Old Gentlemen pays tribute to rituals passed down from one generation to the next and poses questions about male's responsibility in today's world. The show's original score is composed and performed live by Guinean drummer Mamadouba Mohammed Camara. Truly edgy.
YBCA Novellus Theater, February 4-6, 415-978-2787, $30

Gamaka
Perhaps not the type of classical you had in mind, the West Coast premiere of Gamaka introduces a master of a traditional Indian dance form known as Kuchipudi. Shantala Shivalingappa combines dance with storytelling techniques to relay age-old stories based in Hindu epic poetry and drama. Her solo piece will be accompanied by live Indian music.
Herbst Theatre, February 4, 415-392-2545, $27-$39

Erika Chong Schuh: Love Everywhere
Celebrate Valentines' Day weekend with Love Everywhere. Erika Chong Shuch debuts a new large-scale performance project taking place across multiple public spaces and featuring live music by a chamber orchestra. The piece is inspired by the recent proceedings over marriage equality and is intended to bring strangers together in a citywide celebration of love. Presented as an interactive experiment, audience participation is encouraged.
Various venues include the City Hall Rotunda and Glide Memorial Church, February 12-14, Free

Akram Khan Company: Bahok
Turn your attention to our globalized world—eight dancers from diverse cultures, traditions and dance backgrounds will communicate through dramatic dance and spoken word to an original score by Nitin Sawhney. Bahok (Bengali word for carrier) will investigate the ways in which our bodies carry our national identity and a sense of belonging.
YBCA Novellus Theater, February 18-20, 415-978-2787, $39

Ledges and Bones Dance Project + Sonya Delwaide
Consider this one an exploration of relation. Six dancers delve deeply into gender and sexual orientation in Holly Johnston's Politics of Intimacy as part of the ongoing Ledges and Bones Dance Project. Following, Sonya Delwaide will share her performance about the way we remember, digging into her French-Canadian heritage as inspiration.
ODC Dance Commons, February 20-21, 415-863-9834, $15-$18

Robert Moses' Kin: The Cinderella Principle
Be prepared to break down barriers. More than just a dance performance, The Cinderella Principle is a collaborative project (between the nationally acclaimed Robert Moses’ Kin company and the outside community) that explores nontraditional family structures, transcending race, class, gender and identity. It also marks a first-time partnership with award-winning playwright Anne Galjour and is set to an original score by nationally recognized violinist/composer, Todd Reynolds, who will perform live with star Bay Area beat boxer Kid Beyond.  
YBCA Novellus Theater, February 25-27, 415-978-2787, $35

Bay Area Dance Aid Benefit
Here's your chance to help keep the art of dance alive. This show by NYC choreographer Ellis Wood showcases a diverse range of Bay Area dance artists. The lineup includes such accomplished companies as SF-based Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Molissa Fenley, Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions, Deborah Slater, Ellis Wood Dance and more. Proceeds benefit Margaret Jenkins' CHIME mentoring and funding program.
Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater, February 27, 917-499-2899, $10-$20