MAY 11 – DANCING CLASSROOMS PITTSBURGH. Pittsburgh school students compete in the finals of the Color of the Rainbow ballroom competition. Fifth graders take the stage from 10 a.m. to noon at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. Then, for the first time, eighth graders will compete for the gold from 2 – 3:30. Free. For more info, click on Dancing Classrooms.
MAY 11 – HEAR/NOW SERIES. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s emerging artists series features choreographer Maree ReMalia and musician/mover Dave Bernabo in slants revisited/take away the mountain. Also Jamie Boyle plays with movement and memory in Mom, I Am So Sweaty and Abby Boyle and the New Utility premiere a new work. Dance Alloy Studios, 8 p.m. RSVP $10, $12 at the door. Click on KST.
MAY 11 – SECOND SATURDAYS. The Pillow Project welcomes musical guests and friends CHAIBABA, a psychedelic-progressive rock band with a heavy, funky ambient and psychedelic vibe. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. The Space Upstairs, 8 p.m. Click on Pillow.
MAY 17-19 – THE PILLOW PROJECT. PP presents a feature-length original work, ( ), a piece of physical poetry about “what connects us, even if it is the empty space between us.” The Space Upstairs, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Student at the door. Click on Pillow.
MAY 17-19 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE PRE-PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE. Graduate and advanced students dance their way through David Lichine’s Graduation Ball, Michael Smuin’s Quattro a Verdi, a new all-male work by new staff member Andre Reyes and more. Point Park University’s George Rowland White Performance Studio, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 1 p.m. Tickets: $20; www.pbt.org or 412-281-0360.
MAY 18-19 – BLACK RIVER AFRICAN DANCE CONFERENCE. Balafon West African Dance Ensemble plays host to this two-day conference. Classes, workshops and a marketplace in and around East Liberty. Click on Black River. Children’s matinee dance and drum performance at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 10 a.m. Tickets $2.50. Evening performance with renowned dance and drum masters at KST, 8 p.m. $15 Advance, $25 door. Click on KST for more info.
MAY 19 AND 21 – THE ROYAL BALLET.
Great Britain’s Royals bring the romantic classic Giselle
, starring Marianela Nuñez and Rupert Pennefather. Carmike
Pittsburgh 10, Carmike Greensburg 15, Carmike Steubenville Cinema 6, Carmike Altoona 8, Carmike Mall 12 in Morgantown, WVA, Sun. at 2, Tues. at 7 ($15, $10 – groups of 10 or more); Phoenix Big Cinemas North Versailles 18, Phoenix Big Cinemas Chartiers Valley 18, Sun. at 1 , Tues. at 7 p.m. ($8-12); The Oaks Theater
($12-15), Sun. at 2, Tues. at 7 p.m.
MAY 21 – CONTINUUM DANCE THEATRE. Sarah Parker is calling it 2D Tuesdays in partnership with Bar Marco (Union Hall, Penn Avenue). “You drink…we dance,” as the company saying goes. 7 p.m. every third Tuesday. $20.
MAY 23-25 – REGIONAL DANCE AMERICA.
The Northeast hold their conference in Pittsburgh with three performances featuring a diverse set of choreography. Byham Theater, Thurs. 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m. Click on RDA.
MAY 24-25 – THE PILLOW PROJECT. The prolific Pearlann Porter has come up with yet another concept, an odd one given that she rejects computerized performances for the most part. This is called The User Experience, which will use a heat-based screen as a backdrop for abstractly portraying the life of the designer. The Space Upstairs; $15 General Admission/$10 Students at the door.
MAY 31 – JUNE 1 – PITTSBURGH YOUTH BALLET COMPANY.
PYBC celebrates its 30the anniversary with George Balanchine’s Serenade and Harlequinade, The Velveteen Rabbit and an original work by Alan Obuzor. Byham Theater, 7 p.m. Tickets: $15.75-25.75; www.pgharts.org
MAY 31-JUNE 9 – 42ND STREET.
The Civic Light Opera opens its season with this tap-happy musical featuring time-tested tunes like We’re In the Money
and Lullaby of Broadway.
Benedum Center. Tickets: $10-65.75.
Click on 42nd Street
for more info.
JUNE 8 – SECOND SATURDAYS. The Pillow Project collaborates with Pittsburgh fave Phat Man Dee. The Space Upstairs. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door.
JUNE 28-30 – THE GREEN SWAN. Pearlann Porter conceives a hyper-modernist ballet about an enchanted princess, inhumanly artificial by day, regaining her organically true for at night. (This performance contains nudity.) The Space Upstairs, 10 p.m. $15 General Admission/$10 Students at the door.