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Who's who and what’s what in dance this month
Transform Collective’s Alexandra Taylor
Transform Collective’s Alexandra Taylor

The dance season is lighting up! Mark your calendar for these upcoming events: The Lane Dance Program will host JoAnna Mendl Shaw of The Equus Projects as its fall artist in residence Nov. 16-20. In addition to teaching classes, Mendl will screen her film, Håstdans på Hovdala, about a unique creation process. 

“In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects, spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening-length theater work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism,” Lane Community College dance faculty Bonnie Simoa writes. “Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training and the deepening connection that develops between the human and equine performers.” 

The film will be presented to the public 7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on the LCC main campus; admission by donation.

The UO School of Music and Dance welcomes back eight successful dance alumni for the annual fall concert. The members of the cutting-edge TRANSForm Collective — all graduates of the UO’s dance program — will return to campus to choreograph original works for UO dancers, which will be presented 8 pm Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, in the UO Gerlinger Annex’s Dougherty Dance Theatre; $5-$10. 

The Eugene Ballet Company’s Nutcracker tour begins in Corvallis Nov. 19 and then heads to Coos Bay for two performances on Nov. 21. More details at eugeneballet.org. 

Oregon Ballet Academy presents its story ballet Snow White and the Seven Dancing Dwarfs 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 28, and 1 pm and 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 29, at Ragozzino Performance Hall. Tickets available at oregonballetacademy.com; $15 adults, $12 ages 12 and under.

The Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene offers its monthly show 8:30 pm Friday, Nov. 20, at Cozmic.

All That Dance presents Not Just Another Nutcracker 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 28, on the Hult Center’s Silva stage. Tickets available at hultcenter.com; $23-$33.

Xcape Dance Academy debuts its monthly show 9 pm Saturday, Nov. 14, at Hi-Fi Music Hall (44 E. 7th Ave.). The venue is for all ages, but due to the nature of some music, ages 14-plus are advised; $10. 

In studio news, Dance Northwest offers ongoing classes for dancers ages 15-plus including jazz at 7 pm Mondays, hip hop at 7 pm Wednesdays and brand new to the schedule is burlesque 8:30 pm Mondays (Ages 18-plus). Classes held at 645 River Road No. 4, $10-$14.

Local bands Americanistan and Black Magdalene will play live for dance performances by belly dance troupes Tribalation and Azhaar as part of Global Hafla for Humanity, a worldwide fundraising effort for Syrian refugees. The fundraiser kicks off 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 14, at Celebration Studio, 1840 Willamette St.; $10 suggested donation — all proceeds go to the International Refugee Committee.

And toward the creation of new work, Dance in Dialogue (DiD) has selected artists for its seventh cycle of inquiry, development and performance. Those dance-makers are Bonnie Simoa, Jana Mezsaros, Emily Rizo and Darion Smith. Watch for informal showings of their new works, coming soon.