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Boston Ballet’s Melissa Hough last summer in “Brake the Eyes,’’ which the company will present at Boston Opera House. Boston Ballet’s Melissa Hough last summer in “Brake the Eyes,’’ which the company will present at Boston Opera House. (Siqui Sanchez/Getty Images for The Boston Globe)
By Karen Campbell
Globe Correspondent / February 6, 2011

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HAMAPAH Adam McKinney’s multimedia “HaMapah’’ (Hebrew for “the map’’) weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video, as the former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performer traces the multiple strains of his heritage. Presented by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston and Wellesley College Hillel. Feb. 12. $10-$18. Wellesley College’s Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley. 617-965-5226, www.jccgb.org/arts

THE SOLE MATES: FREE-SPIRITED IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE Dancer-choreographers Kieran Jordan and Nicholas Yenson join with dancer-fiddler Danielle Enblom, accordionist Sean McComiskey, and guitarist Josh Dukes for what promises to be a rousing evening of live music and new choreography. The show is a preview performance before the group lights out for an 11-day tour of Germany and Switzerland. Feb. 20. $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-645-3743, www.solematesirishdance.com

PACO PEÑA FLAMENCO COMPANY The virtuosic guitarist assembles a top-notch crew of flamenco dancers and musicians for the Boston premiere of “Flamenco Vivo,’’ which melds the intensity of contemporary flamenco with the raw energy of centuries-old traditions. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Feb. 25. $40. Somerville Theatre, Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE As the company continues to celebrate its landmark 25th season, “Beauty Strange’’ (Feb. 25-March 13) explores relationships between beauty and desire with three ballets: “House of Ballet’’ (1993, to music by Schnittke), “Dark Profiles’’ (2001, Beethoven), and last year’s “Timeless Attractions,’’ set to the music of Ginastera. “Tidal Forces’’ (April 1-17) features “Still Waters’’ (2002), “Presage’’ (2005), and “Over & Over’’ (2009). $38. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET A contemporary company with a classical heart, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents sleek, versatile dancers in a wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire. The company’s Boston debut features works by Jiri Kylian, Jorma Elo, and Cayetano Soto. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. March 4-5. $42-$57. Tsai Performance Center. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BURN THE FLOOR Straight from Broadway, this Latin and ballroom dance extravaganza brings together 20 acclaimed dancers (including five alums from the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance’’). The show has toured more than 30 countries with its glitzy re-creation of popular dance’s evolution, from hot Harlem nights at the Savoy to steamy dances of the Latin Quarter. Presented by Broadway Across America-Boston. March 8-13. $22-$77. Colonial Theatre. 800-982-2787, www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston

PHILADANCO Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this energetic Philadelphia troupe blends African-American dance with ballet, jazz, and modern dance. In this World Music/CRASHarts presentation, the company’s program includes the Boston premiere of “By Way of the Funk,’’ a new work by Urban Bush Women’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar set to the music of Funkadelic and Parliament. March 11-13. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

BOSTON BALLET The company’s season brings a dynamite one-two punch, beginning with “Elo Experience’’ (March 24-April 3) featuring Jorma Elo’s edgy “Brake the Eyes’’ and “Plan to B.’’ Hot on its heels is the delightful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ (April 7-17), Balanchine’s first original full-length ballet, set to Mendelssohn’s effervescent score. $25-$137. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX Translated, the LDTX in the name of China’s first independent, nongovernmental dance company stands for “Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven.’’ It alludes to the troupe’s provocative aesthetic, which integrates Chinese culture with contemporary international influences. Since its founding in 2005, the company has been a catalyst for modern dance in China. In its Boston debut, the company offers “The Cold Dagger’’ (excerpt), “All River Red,’’ and a new work by Tibetan choreographer Sang Jijia. Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston. April 1-2. $42-$57. Tsai Performance Center. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

DAVID DORFMAN DANCE This quirky, exuberant troupe has been charming audiences for 26 years. For this World Music/CRASHarts appearance, the company presents the Boston premiere of “Prophets of Funk — Dance to the Music,’’ fueled by the grooves of Sly and the Family Stone. April 8-10. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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