How about stepping into my shoes for a moment?
I am a 43-year-old dancer back en pointe (the shoes with the hard box at the tip), performing excerpts of the ballet, "La Bayadere," in a small studio performance for family and friends at 7 p.m. May 20 in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley downtown Bethlehem studios, with one chance to get it right.
During rehearsal recently, I was breathless and gasping for air as Carolyn Sarik, the adult ballet teacher, reminds me, "Stamina is the first thing to go."
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the DeSales University Dance Department is presenting a series of performances, 11 a.m., 8 p.m. March 15 and 3 p.m. March 17, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus in Center Valley.
The annual dance ensemble concert features world premier dances created by alumni from the program and performed by dance majors, as well as a senior dance major piece choreographed by a guest artist.
Cascading faeries descend upon the stage in a rainbow of colors to bless the newborn Princess Aurora, also known as "Sleeping Beauty," with gifts of beauty, energy, song and temperance.
The evil faerie, Carabosse, performed by Kathryn Washer, casts an evil spell upon Princess Aurora. When she turns 16, she will prick herself with a spindle and fall dead.
Luckily, the lovely Lilac Faerie, performed by Esther Martinez, with her six attendants, casts a counterspell that she will fall asleep for 100 years.
Phillip Horn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, spent the last 20 years trying to have the world-renowed company of Lula Washington come to the state to have her company perform.
Well, the effort paid off because Lula Washington Dance Theatre is touring Pennsylvania for the first time and one of its stops is Allentown.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
"Ice House Tonight" provides a stage for artistic works from a variety of disciplines with innovative programming in a series of productions from regional arts organizations.
Dancelink presents "Ascent," an evening of moving meditation on spirituality, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Charles Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem
Dancelink presents art therapy, workshops, master classes and site-specific performances.
The great city of Voronezh is 300 miles southeast of Moscow in the heart of Russia.
Voronezh, population 1.5 million, was founded in 1585 by Tsar Feodor I. It is not far from the Ukraine and has had settlements since the Stone Age.
Nestled in Voronezh is the Voronezh Choreographic Institute where dancers are chosen at the age of eight to begin their studies of dance, music and academics.
During the holiday season, there are several "Nutcracker" ballets to choose from in the Lehigh Valley.
However, the 26th annual Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) "Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is the only one with a live orchestra.
The Allentown Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Ron Demkee, again performs the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" score. The dancers must listen closely to the orchestra and watch the conductor to execute this most famous score.
The Moscow Ballet is presenting the 20th anniversary of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Since 1993, the Moscow has presented "The Great Russian Nutcracker." This season, the Moscow performs in 60 cities across North America. Forty professionally-trained dancers light up the stage with 200 new lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops, and a Christmas tree that grows to four-stories.
Who doesn't like the fairytale Cinderella? What if Cinderella goes to a Christmas Ball instead? Prince Charming must announce his new bride Christmas Eve.
The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre presents "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The actors sing and dance, inviting children from the audience to join the cast on stage at the Christmas Ball.
Moses Pendleton calls himself an "avant-gardener," who likes to see things grow, and uses this principle in his dance choreography.
Pendleton founded and is artistic director of MOMIX, an internationally-known avant-garde dance company, which performs "Botanica," 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Erin Cassano, a former MOMIX company manager, gives a free pre-show lecture, "MOMIX from the Inside."