Dance Beat: Dance Recitals, Jerry, Dirty Ball, Pillow

SPRING INTO SPRING. After wrestling with technical difficulties, it’s time to get back into action. I’m assembling the annual list of Dance Recitals, to be found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website and on CrossCurrents. Send your studio name, date, location and contact information to jvranish1@comcast.net.

JERRY’S BACK. PBS is developing a bona fide Jerry Crush on American dance master Jerome Robbins. A couple of years ago we saw “Something to Dance About,” which was something akin to a biography told through archival photos and footage. Now New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi have resurrected one of Robbins’ cult favorites, ‘Opus Jazz.” Conceived in sneakers, it was filmed on location in New York with 18 members of NYCB. Although it will receive its national broadcast premiere Mar. 24, WQED will be airing it April 4 (yes, Easter). More info later.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The fifth Dirty Ball erupts on Saturday, April 24. The “red-hottest, way-coolest, sold-outest” event of the year, Attack Theatre is playing it close to the vest, as usual, about the location, calling it their own “dirty little secret.” Performances, libations, DJs, plenty of dancing and art installations by CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center. Just be prepared.

MORE MARK YOUR CALENDARS. Pearlann Porter has solidified her latest series of Second Saturdays, running April through August. Catch “Jazz on the Pale Blue Dot” (Apr. 10), “Uncharted Syncopations” (May 8), “Micrography” (June 10), “Hot Box”  (July 12) and “another night at The SwankEasy” (Aug. 14), all at The Space above Construction Junction in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze.

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