5 best dance performances coming to Baltimore this fall

As part of The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide, we're picking the best arts activities coming to the area this fall. Here are the top dance performances on the horizon.

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Dancers with Ailey II, which will perform at Towson University in September.

Ailey II

Catch a glimpse of the modern dance world's future at two performances by the junior company of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. These often spectacular young artists regularly win raves from the world's most discerning critics. 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Towson University's Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Rd., Towson. $50.

Russian Grand Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

Here's your chance to see the ultimate classical ballet, "Swan Lake," performed by a touring Russian troupe and without having to factor in hours of travel time to Philadelphia, Washington or New York. Ticket costs are kept low by forgoing some traditional amenities, such as a live orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $25-$72.


‘Romeo & Juliet’

What better way to celebrate Dianna Cuatto's 15th season as artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Maryland than by bringing back her original choreography for this production of star-crossed lovers? Cuatto's inventions include the characters of Mab, the Gypsy of Fate and two dancing Tarot cards. Oct. 20-22 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $30-$52.

Hope B. Byers performs with the Full Circle Dance Company.

‘UNSHAMED: Baring Our Secrets and Our Souls’

Full Circle Dance Company's annual concert will showcase dances by different choreographers based on the theme of secrecy. The show's centerpiece, by troupe artistic director Donna Jacobs, tackles domestic violence. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $20.

‘What’s Going On’

In this acclaimed production fresh from a national tour, Towson University dance professor and choreographer Vincent E. Thomas mixes the music of Marvin Gaye with modern, jazz and West African dance and finds a reflection of today's world. 8 p.m. Nov. 18, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Washington. $15-$30.