AUG. 3 – CHARLOTTE BALLET. Chautauqua officially winds up the summer with Charlotte Ballet as the resident company in the venerable outdoor Amphitheater. The penultimate program, set for 8:15 p.m., includes Sketches from Grace by Sasha Janes, Yamato by Pittsburgh native Mark Diamond and The Groove, a long-time favorite by Dwight Rhoden. Free with gate admission. Click on Chautauqua.
AUG. 4 – IMMINENT MOVEMENT: ABILITY IN ACTION. Hip hop embraces everyone, as evidence in this memorable evening involving Regan Linton, Barak adé Soleil and 4 Wheel City — all disabled artists, but so much more. August Wilson Center, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25; click on Ability.
AUG. 5 – BODIOGRAPHY. The company joins the Frick’s First Friday series with a moving landscape of living sculpture, solo performances and site-specific creations. 6:30 p.m., free. Click on Frick.
AUG. 6 – ROSY SIMAS DANSE. This Minnesota choreographer received a $54,000 grant from the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to develop Skin(s), based on her native Seneca heritage. She introduces it to Pittsburgh at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 8 p.m.
AUG. 11 – EPMD. Celebrate the birth of hip hop with multiple-choice events. [A] Hear “Eric and Parrish Making Dollars” (EPMD), once called the “rap equivalent of a rock & roll garage band,” plus DJ Selecta, Track Meet Cypher featuring Reason, EOS, Moemaw Naedon and Cobe1. [B] Go to a party featuring a dance battle. [C] Food Truck Roundup featuring Sugar and Spice, Randita’s and South Side BBQ. [D} ALL OF THE ABOVE. [D] $25; [B] and [C] $5. [C] Cost of food. 21-only for the dance battle and party. August Wilson Center, 8 p.m. Click on EPMD.
AUG. 11-14 – DRIFTLESS. It may be a new play about fracking by Hatch Arts Collective, but it will feature music by local dance favorites Slowdanger (Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson). New Hazlett Theater, Thurs.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. $18 Advance, $20 Door. Click on Drift.
AUG. 12 – CHARLOTTE BALLET. Artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux closes out more than 25 years at Chautauqua, a feat in itself (although he will participate next summer season in an abbreviated role). The program includes Reflections (of a Life) by Pittsburgh native Mark Diamond, Rubies by George Balanchine and set by Kennedy Honors recipient Patricia McBride and Four Seasons, a critically-acclaimed ballet by Sasha Janes. Free with gate admission. Click on Chautauqua.
AUG. 12 – IN BED BY 10 DANCE PARTY. The title says it all. Head for the Frick in Point Breeze Enjoy. 6:30 p.m. Free.
AUG. 13 – SECOND SATURDAYS. This jazz-inspired foray into improvisation features jazz by Andrew Jackhammer, Brandon Taylor and Courtney Bassett this month at The Space Upstairs. 8 P.M. $10 donation suggested. BYOB welcome.
AUG. 18-19 – ALEXANDRA BODNARCHUK. Independent Pittsburgh artist Alexandra premieres Something Pretty at the Kelly-Strayhorn. Click on Alexandra.
AUG. 20 – REED DANCE INTENSIVE SHOWCASE. Greer Reed spearheads this workshop finale at the August Wilson Center, filled with powerhouse excitement. Also see the results of the annual Brazzie Award for outstanding Pittsburgh dancers in 2015-16. Featured choreographers: Antonio Brown, Tuluv Price, Kaylin Horgan, Bill Thomas, Raymond Ejiofor and Mils James. Tickets: $25, click on Reed.
AUG. 21 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. It’s the annual outdoor season inauguration at Hartwood Acres. Free to those who come to picnic or to participate in family activities. including photo opportunities and crafts (5-7 p.m.) The 7:30 p.m. performance will include James Kudelka’s tribute to Johnny Cash, Man in Black, excerpts from Le Corsaire (The Pirate) and a new work by corps member Cooper Verona. Another option is the pre-show dinner under the tent with members of the company. Adults: $75, Children 12-18 $20. Click on PBT.
AUG. 29 – THE BENCH. Kiesha Lalama’s full-length piece at Point Park University premiered a few years ago. If you’re in the Dayton, Ohio area, see how it has grown. The workshop premiere will take place at the Dayton Contemporary Ballet. More information to follow.