JULY 31-AUG. 2 – INTERNATIONAL SUMMERDANCE. Point Park University’s summer intensive takes to the stage at the George Rowland White Performance Studio. Featured choreographers include Barbara Pontecorvo, Dan Karasik, Patrick Frantz and Kiki Lucas. Thurs. and Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m.
AUG. 7-10 – CONTINUUM DANCE THEATRE. Sarah Parker’s group emerges with the premiere of EMPIRE, once again delving into women’s feelings, issues, lives. off the WALL performing arts center in Carnegie. Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets: http://www.insideoffthewall.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
AUG. 9 – SECOND SATURDAYS. Spontaneity springs eternal with The Pillow Project at The Space Upstairs. Anna Slowdanger Thompson and Taylor Slowdanger Knight provide the aurals and the visuals. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 at the door.
AUG. 13 – BEATS-‘N-EATS. Meet with Penn Avenue creatives for a midday dance party sponsored by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater at Everyday’s a Sunday & Cafe in East Liberty. Noon. Free.
AUG. 14-16 – H2O CONTEMPORARY DANCE. Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh breeds professional women with a passion for movement. They share Pivotal Moments in their studio in Castle Shannon. Performances at 8 p.m.
AUG. 15 – MARJANI FORTE. This Harlem-based artist brings a work-in-progress to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Dance Alloy. Called being Here…/this time, it deals with mental illness, addiction and systemic poverty. 8 pm.
AUG. 16 – REED DANCE SUMMER INTENSIVE. The high powered student cast lights up the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
AUG. 17 -PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. PBT opens its season on a casual note with a free performance at Hartwood Acres. Bring a picnic around 5 and join in the family-friendly activities. Then its “Ballet Under the Stars” at 7:30 with a sneak peak at the regular season opener, “Sleeping Beauty,” along with encore performances of “Don Quixote” highlights and Viktor Plotnikov’s “In Your Eyes.”
AUG. 20 – LOCAL LOCO. Staycee and Herman Pearl present local hip-hop artists at Pearlarts Studios, including Kai Roberts, PirateGang, 1091 Productions/Evil Shit, High Five Productions, Mike Da Real Hendy, Culture Be Chillin and more. 7:30-9:30. Tickets at the door: Students/$3; General/$5.