By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'AMERICAN LIVING ROOM FESTIVAL'
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, 718-549-3200, www.wavehill.org
June 5-July 31:This exquisite estate on the Hudson opens its lawns for your dancing pleasure Wednesdays in June and July, with professional performances to watch and live bands providing a range of "world music" accompaniment and free lessons at each session. Swing and sway as the sun sets over the water, to tunes from West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, Colombia, and Haiti.
Prospect Park Bandshell, entrance at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882, www.celebratebrooklyn.org
July 26-August 2:Midway through this slamming season of live music come a couple of four-star dance events: The Mark Morris Dance Group, newly ensconced in itts Fort Greene dance palace, makes an encore appearance at the festival July 26, and choreographers-in-residence David Neumannn and Nicholas Leichter, two of the liveliest guys on the scene, show a collaborative duet and new dances by each of their troupes (August 2, with an open rehearsal on July 31).
More dates TBA.
'DOWNTOWN DANCE FESTIVAL'
Various venues, 219-3910, www.batterydanceco.com
August 24-25:Everyone's away, including your therapist. The city is calm, the workload is low, and you're finally ready to head down to Battery Park and Chase Plaza, where Battery Dance Company's 21st annual free festival adorns weekend afternoons and five lunch hours with tap dance, Chinese folk and modern stylings, hip-hop, and more, including Battery itself.
'JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL 2002'
George Carter Road, Becket, MA, 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org
June 15-August 25:It's a bit of a tripfour hours on a bus, as long and more aggravating if you drivebut it's on a very beautiful Berkshire farm where tout New York goes in summer to view the best and the brightest in the dance world. This season's lineup includes a new work by Ronald K. Brown's EVIDENCE, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Richard Move's wonderful spoof, Martha at the Pillow. There are free events nightly, terrific meals and snacks, and dazzlingly clean air to breathe.
'LATINO CULTURAL FESTIVAL'
Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-760-0064
August 7:Choreographer Stephen Petronio traveled to Mexico to set a new work, La Presa (The Prey), on a Monterrey-based contemporary troupe, A-quo Danza Contemporánea. With a score by Carlo Nicolau, it has its world premiere August 7 at this hopping festival, which will also present the Ballet Folclórico de Chile.
'LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2002'
Broadway and 65th Street, 875-5928, www.lincolncenter.org
July 8-28:Two treasures of the dance world grace this high-toned festival. Making a two-week visit straight from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Kirov Ballet performs three classics in the Petipa traditionLa Bayadère, Swan Lake, and Don Quixoteas well as three evenings of George Balanchine's Jewels. Greenwich Village's own Merce Cunningham Dance Company offers two programs spanning close to 50 years of sublime choreographic experiments. On a smaller scale, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's Urban Bush Women offer the New York premiere of Shadow's Child, featuring members of the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. About a Mozambican girl who moves to a town in the American South, it incorporates puppets from Africa and here.
July 8-20 The Kirov Ballet
July 9-12 Urban Bush Women:Night Girl
July 24-27 Merce Cunningham Dance Company
'LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS FESTIVAL'
Various venues, 875-5108, www.lincolncenter.org
August 4 "Heritage Sunday: Mano a Mano"
August 6 Danzas Españolas
August 7 Diabolo Dance Company of Taiwan
August 8 A-Quo Danza Contemporánea of Mexico
August 8 Limón Dance Company
August 13 DHA Fuzion
August 14 TBA
August 15 Subtle Changes
August 18 Kankouran West African Dance Company of Washington, D.C.
August 20 The American Repertory Ballet
August 21 Trisha Brown Company+Dave Douglas
'MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING 2002'
Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th streets, 875-5766, www.lincolncenter.org
June 26-July 27:If you swoon for swing, son, and salsa, lust after tango and two-step, crave merengue and punta and cha-cha-cha, this wonderful outdoor series provides a sprung wooden floor, a live orchestra, and a lesson nightly at 6:30 for five solid weeks. Wear your comfy dancing shoes and carry as little as possible (but pack a bottle of water). If you can't afford the $12 tariff to boogie on the padded platform, wear your sneakers and rock out on the concrete alongsideor buy a season pass ($225 for all 24 nights ) and enjoy the quantity discount. High life! Samba! Mambo! Disco!
'THE NEW YORK CITY TAP FESTIVAL'
Duke Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, 646-230-9564, www.nyctapfestival.com
July 6-14:In its second year, this ambitious all-star, all-style gathering focuses on international tap styles, with seven performances and a plethora of classes, workshops, films, and parties.
'THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL'
Various venues, 420-8877, www.fringenyc.org
August 9-25:Fourteen dance and dance-theater events embrace Nijinsky, Baudelaire, Le Corbusier, and less well-known personalities in this anything-goes festival, with multiple performances at odd hours and locations. High points look to be Tharp alum Richard Colton's take on a man obsessed with Vaslav Nijinsky, Darrah Carr's high-energy Irish dances, and Regina Nejman's exploration of eight women named Maria, based on a Brazilian proverb.
HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, 647-0202, www.here.org
June 17 & 19Object Dances: A Purse, a Table, and a Feather+Variations on E+A Brief History of the Body
'RECLAIM OUR CITY WITH DANCE'
Various venues, 625-3505, www.dancinginthestreets.org
July 16-August 25:Free outdoor shows offer opportunities for private reflection and public celebration, including a six-stop, seven-performance park tour of Eiko & Koma's Offering, a "living sculpture" in which they're joined by Indian dancer Lakshmi Aysola and clarinetist David Krakauer (July 16- 30, from Battery Park City through the Clinton Community Garden, with stops in between). Taylor 2, Paul Taylor's lively junior troupe, performs his masterworks outdoors at lunchtime in Lower Manhattan August 1-2. And San Francisco aerialist Joanna Haigood makes breathtaking dance out of the hopes and dreams of residents of Red Hook, working with video artist Mary Ellen Strom and composer Lauren Weinger.
'SUMMER IN THE SQUARE-DANCE'
Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway, 460-1208, www.unionsquarenyc.org
June 12-August 21:Free after-work dance concerts outside under the trees; no chairs provided, so bring a poncho to sit on! Young troupes ranging from neighborhood kids to acrobats, from the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers to Andrea Del Conte Danza España, from contemporary experimenters to traditional African and Irish performers; stop at the Greenmarket first or later. Toddlers toddle, planes roar overhead, sirens blare: The dancers persevere through everything.
June 12 Washington Irving High School Dance Company
June 19 Jump! and Dancewave Kids Company
June 26 Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre
July 3 Djoniba Drums & Dance Center
July 10 Sarah East Johnson's LAVA
July 17 Joffrey Ensemble Dancers
July 24 Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana
July 31 KR3Ts
August 7 Paula Hunter & Eva Dean Dance Company
August 14 Niall O'Leary & Darrah Carr Irish Step Dance
August 21 Battery Dance Company