Autumn brings with it hope for better things to come in the world of dance with the opening of the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on Oct. 5. The center will house the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the first new school to be established at USC in almost four decades. 


Heading up the local fall arts dance card, the Laemmle Culture Vulture series at Laemmle Playhouse 7 theater begins with the San Francisco Ballet performance of “Romeo & Juliet” on Sept. 12-13. Choreographed by Heigi Tomasson with music by Sergei Prokofiev and directed for the screen by Thomas Grimm, the performances were filmed in May 2015 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.  The next weekend features Kenneth Branagh’s theatrical version of the Shakespeare tragedy in black and white. 


Science meets dance at Caltech with Jeffry Vinokur in “The Dancing Scientist: So You Think You Can Do Science” at Beckman Auditorium on Nov. 10. The 24-year-old Vinokur holds a master’s of science degree in biochemistry from UCLA and has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet” program, talking science with a hip hop bounce. The program is recommended for grades 3-8. 


In October, there will be one-day dance concerts worth checking out at the Alex Theatre. There the Los Angeles Ballet performs a program of George Balanchine’s choreography to Stravinsky’s “Violin Concerto.” The LA Ballet will also premiere works by two contemporary choreographers in the bill “Modernists” on Oct. 8. 


The next day, Dynamic Duo Dance Studio, the  brother-and-sister team of Allen Ashrafyan and Mary Gevorkian performs two hours of partner dancing that includes the cha cha, paso doble, quick step, jive, modern and hip hop. Everyone needs their beauty sleep and the Russian Grand Ballet presents a girl who takes that seriously with a little help from Tchaikovsky in “Sleeping Beauty” on Oct. 14. On Oct. 15, The Los Angeles-based cultural project La Diosa presents “Dances of Peru: From Peru to the World” in Spanish. Professional Los Angeles musicians and over 20 dancers will perform.


Irish classics get a rock-and-roll makeover when the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” taps a beat at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA on Nov. 6. If you enjoyed “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance,” then lead dancer Scott Doherty with Celtic rocker Chris Smith will surely set your toes to tapping. Romance Latin style also visits the campus, with Grammy Award-winning tango and flamenco singer Diego El Cigala, the Sinatra of flamenco, singing at the Luckman on Nov. 18.


At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, three major US ballet companies will perform a program devoted to the great innovative choreographer William Forsythe in three performances Oct. 21-23. The San Francisco Ballet dances “Pas/Parts 2016,” the Pacific Northwest Ballet will present “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude” and the Houston Ballet will take on “Artifact Suite.”


The Music Center is also the hot spot for late-night revelry with deejays, dancing, video installations, sonic sculptures and secluded basement encounters with behind-the-scenes access and top floor views of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during “Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours” on Sept. 23 and Nov. 11 (11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.)


Lineage Dance, which partnered with the Pasadena Unified School District’s Eliot Arts Magnet (Middle) School to organize the 2016 Pasadena Dance Festival, is having its annual fundraising gala “Blueprints for Our Future” on Oct. 1 at the Kohlhase Manor in Pasadena.


REDCAT offers some edgy dance performances this fall. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Christian Rizzo looks at the masculine in ritual with eight male dancers for a full evening of Turkish folk dance-inspired movement, energized by tribal rock percussionists in “D’aprés une Histoire Vraie’ (Sept. 15-18).  Christian Rizzo was recently appointed head of the prestigious Centre Chorégraphique National (CNN) of Montpellier.


 Takao Kawaguchi from Japan (Oct. 7-9) reimagines works by legendary Butoh master Kazuo Ohno in “About Kazuo Ohno” Oct. 7-9. And, as if a counterpoint to Rizzo, choreographer Pat Graney and the fierce women of “Girl Gods” explore the ancestry of women with explosive physical language that expresses undomesticated and long buried rage and repressed passions. The program set for Nov. 3-6 promises to be passionate, provocative and humorous. 


On Nov. 26, the Pasadena Masonic Temple is the site of the Holiday Grand Ball, a Victorian era gala presented by Social Daunce Irregulars. Dress up in Victorian-esque creations or just go for the fun and historical pageantry that includes some exquisite gowns, uniforms and a live band.


And, finally, what would the holidays be without “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Los Angeles Ballet Dec. 3-4 at the Alex Theatre

The Alex Theatre

216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale

(818) 243-ALEX (2539) |


1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena

(626) 395-4652 |

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles

(213) 972-0711 |

Laemmle Playhouse 7

673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

(310) 478-3836 |

Lineage Dance

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena

(626) 844-7008 |

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA

5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles

(323) 343-6600 |

The Music Center

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles

(213) 628-2772 |

The Pasadena Masonic Temple

200 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena

(626) 795-5610 |,


631 W. Second St., Los Angeles

(213) 237-2800 |