Dancers do more at Moscow’s 238-year-old Bolshoi Ballet than throw acid at the boss and sleep with wealthy patrons. They rehearse and perform the warhorses of the classical canon, and they’re coming to town with three ballets, an opera and a full orchestra. The dancing kicks off with Swan Lake tonight, followed by Don Quixote on July 22 and winds up with Spartacus, Yuri Grigorovich’s Soviet-era, point-shoe-free celebration of the venerable troupe’s male dancers to music by Aram Khachaturyan (July 25-27). Tickets are scarce (and expensive) but don’t lose hope: These are summer days and people who bought the ducats back in March may be trying to unload them in the usual places.

Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 12. Continues through July 27, 2014