Jamaica is much more than a great travel destination where you can sit in the sun and maybe, ahem, buy a little ganja on the sly: It’s a country steeped in diversity and cultural richness, which are aspects we don’t get to sample often—especially in the medium of dance. The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica offers a prime opportunity to see authentic regional dances demonstrating the rituals and traditional lore of the island. For the company’s 45th anniversary, choreographer Rex Nettleford includes repertoire works—as in The Crossing, a celebration of the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade—and pieces by guest choreographers such as Haiti’s Jeanguy Saintus and Cuba’s Arsenio Andrade-Calderon.

Sat., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 2 p.m., 2008