It's definitely fall, and while the weather is getting chilly, the action on local stages is heating up. Dance companies both local and national will put their best foot forward over the next few months; here's what to expect:
Boulder Ballet: The Nutcracker, November 29-December 8. Modern Masters: Taylor & Wheeldon, February 21-23. Sleeping Beauty, May 15-17. Ballet in the Park, May 30-31. $15 and up, various Boulder locations, 303-443-0028, boulderballet.org.
Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker, November 30-December 29. Peter Pan, January 31-February 9. Tour de Force, March 6-8. Ballet Masterworks, April 3-12. $30 and up, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 13th and Arapahoe streets, 303-837-8888, coloradoballet.org.
CU Presents: Catapult, January 31-February 2. Open Space, February 28-March 1. Pilobolus, March 2. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, April 4. The Current, April 10-19. Fresh: Spring 2020, April 24-25. Some events free, various University of Colorado Boulder locations, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Dark Palace: A Dance Obscura: Santa Fe-based immersive-art juggernaut Meow Wolf will host a three-night dance party at the National Western Complex, with local and national artists providing live music and art installations. November 22-24, 18+, $19.95-$74.95, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, events.meowwolf.com.
Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum: Denver's perennial holiday classic returns with in-depth explorations of holiday traditions around the world. December 7-22, $45, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West, 303-295-1759, cleoparkerdance.org.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky meets Kurtis Blow in this collision of classical music and modern choreography. November 23-24, Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival: The one-day fest screens dance films from local dancers, producers and choreographers. February 22, 6:30 p.m., 1980 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, lifeartdance.org.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: A true Christmas extravaganza, with world-class artists and stunning sets and costumes, December 13-14, $29 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
The Nutcracker of Parker: Clara battles the Mouse King in the timeless holiday classic. December 12-21, $26-$32, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Sans Souci Dance Cinema at the Collective: Seven short dance films will be followed by refreshments. November 22, 7 p.m., free, Collective Community Arts Center, 201 North Public Road, Lafayette, sanssoucifest.org.
Sans Souci Dance Cinema at Viva Theater: This program of short dance films focuses on older dancers. December 16, 7 p.m., free, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, sanssoucifest.org.
UCCS Presents: Guangdong Modern Dance Company, January 29. Axis Dance Company, February 22. Meow Meow, April 17. $20 and up, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, 719-255-32332, uccspresents.org.
Witch: Salem, Massachusetts, is a dangerous place to be a woman in 1692 in this production from Reformation Dance Company. November 22, 3 p.m., Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com.
Wonderbound: Ice, December 10-19. The Sandman, February 14-23. Divisions, April 17-May 2. $25 and up, various locations, 303-292-4700, wonderbound.com.
The deadline is past for these listings, which were compiled for our Fall Arts Guide. But we highlight hundreds of events every week on westword.com; send information on upcoming dates, including dance performances and programs, to email@example.com.
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