Spring has been flirting with us all winter, but it finally feels like it's here to stay. OK, yesterday it might not have, but today it's sunny. And let's focus on today, shall we? Stepping outside into the sunny 75-degree weather is enough to put a spring in the step of any cube-dweller. But let's leave the dancing to the professionals. With that in mind, we over here at Mixmaster have put together a round-up of the dance shows you won't want to miss this season. Sure, you can't watch them while drinking on the patio, but it won't be long before you're craving the air conditioning at City Performance Hall.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Beyond Borders, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Why aren't there more lovers of dance performance? Is it because they associate dance with the rigid, abide-by-the-rules genre of classical ballet, reinforced by school-days lessons? Even modern dance--what may seem more natural and free--has a core study of form, and is inherently athletic. But this is why to see dance, to experience it live, is to witness actual magic. When performed perfectly, all of those constructs seem broken down by the human form and fluidity of motion. Gravity defied, bones stretched. That's why even on the very surface, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Dancing Beyond Borders seems so appropriately named. The production breaks the mold even more by featuring choreography by company dancers (Katricia Eaglin, Richard A. Freeman, Jr., and Nycole Ray). Change your perception of dance, or if you're already a fan, expand your love. Tickets are $30, available at attpac.org. --Merritt Martin