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Kings of Salsa debuts in Boston Oct. 13-15 at Cutler Majestic Theatre. Kings of Salsa debuts in Boston Oct. 13-15 at Cutler Majestic Theatre.
By Karen Campbell
Globe Correspondent / September 11, 2011

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE For those of us still jonesing for the adorable dancers of this wildly popular TV show’s summer run. Last season’s 10 finalists - Caitlynn, Clarice, Jess, Jordan, Marko, Melanie, Mitchell, Ricky, Sasha, and Tadd - are hitting the road for a live US tour, with one night only in Boston. Sept. 27. $38.50-$58.50. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company’s season opener, “Broken Shadows,’’ features the world premiere of Mateo’s latest ballet and two of his intensely psychological pieces choreographed 20 years apart: “Isle of the Dead’’ (1993), set to Rachmaninoff, and “Circles,’’ (2010), to Schnittke. Sept. 30-Oct. 30. $38. The Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

KINGS OF SALSA World Music/CRASHarts ushers in the irresistible moves of mambo, rumba, and cha cha cha in this Boston debut pairing the nine-piece band Cuba Ashire with some of Cuba’s top young dancers in choreography by Roclan González Chávez. Direct from Havana, this one promises to be hot. Oct. 13-15. $40-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

SYNCHRONICITY & THE SACRED SPACE For this new work by Weber Dance, choreographer Jody Weber collaborates with storyteller/adventurer Jon Turk, whose work as an explorer is reflected in tales of cultural loss and alternative ways of living in the world. Oct. 13-15. $25-$35. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.weberdance.com

GALLIM DANCE Former Batsheva Ensemble dancer Andrea Miller started this New York company five years ago, and it’s been lauded for its quirky invention ever since. World Music/CRASHarts presents the company’s Boston debut in “Blush,’’ set to an eclectic score ranging from Chopin to electropunk. Oct. 21-22. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

NIGHT OF STARS Boston Ballet’s yearly gala kicks off the season with an event that is always full of excitement. With repertoire ranging from virtuosic showstoppers to contemporary fare, it features the full company, providing a showcase for everyone from star principals to bright young up-and-comers. Oct. 29. $35-$164. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

ROMEO + JULIET Many choreographers have choreographed Shakespeare’s timeless tale, but John Cranko’s 1962 version set to Prokofiev’s luminous score is considered by many the cream of the crop. Boston Ballet’s gorgeous production highlights elegant choreography and vivid storytelling. Nov. 3-13. $25-$132. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

FAST FORWARD This Boston Conservatory concert presents a newly commissioned premiere by Danielle Agami and four reconstructions: excerpts from Naharin’s “Three,’’ as well as Trey McIntyre’s “Blue Until June Suite,’’ Paul Taylor’s “Cloven Kingdom,’’ and Tommy Neblett’s “La Giornata Omicida.’’ Nov. 3-6. $10-$25. Boston Conservatory Theater. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu

JÉRÔME BEL: CÉDRIC ANDRIEUX In conjunction with the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Dance/Draw’’ exhibit, French choreographer Bel continues his suite of staged dancer portraits with a work about and performed by Cédric Andrieux. A performer for eight years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Andrieux reflects on his life as a dancer through excerpts from works by Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Bel. Nov. 4-6. $18-$20. ICA. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

ASZURE BARTON & ARTISTS A Baryshnikov protege who’s now one of the hottest choreographers in modern dance, the eclectic Canadian finally makes her Boston debut in this Celebrity Series of Boston program featuring the poignant, haunting “Busk’’ and the humorously quirky “Blue Soup.’’ Nov. 4-5. $45-$55. Tsai Performance Center. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY It’s been more than a decade since the dance pioneer took her company to Boston. They bring works mining the company’s 40-year-plus history, including “Les Yeux et l’âme’’ (2011), “Watermotor’’ (1978), “Opal Loop’’ (1980), and “Foray Forêt’’ (1990). Presented in conjunction with the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Dance/Draw’’ show. Nov. 11-13. $45-$50. ICA. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

ANGEL REAPERS Imaginative MacArthur “genius’’ director/choreographer Martha Clarke joins forces with Pulitzer-winning writer Alfred Uhry for this theatrical song and dance take on the life of Shakers founder “Mother Ann’’ Lee, a spiritual leader determined to erase sexuality from herself and all her followers. Nov. 15-20. $25-$89. Presented by ArtsEmerson. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

TRAJAL HARRELL AND SARAH SZE For choreographer/dancer Harrell and sculptor Sze, the world premiere of “The Untitled Still Life Collection’’ is all about integrating movement and visual art, the theme of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Dance/Draw’’ exhibit. Commissioned as part of the “Co Lab: Process and Performance’’ series, the work reflects an ongoing collaboration between the ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy. Nov. 18-20. Free with museum admission. ICA. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

DANCES AT THE ODD FELLOWS HALL For two decades, the Dance Complex has been a mecca for dance lovers, both for those who watch performances and for those who take classes ranging from African dance to ballet. This season, 20 events are planned to celebrate the anniversary, including this annual showcase of new faculty choreography. Nov. 19-20. $20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org

WATER IS RISING: MUSIC AND DANCE AMID CLIMATE CHANGE 36 dancers and musicians from the Pacific atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu, which are threatened by the prospect of rising sea levels, express their connections to nature, a legacy threatened by global warming. Expect joyful spirits and cautionary overtones in this World Music/CRASHarts presentation. Nov. 19. $28-$40. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.WorldMusic.org