The UO presents its Student Dance Concert, featuring nine emerging artists, 8 pm, May 7-9, in the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Gerlinger Annex; $5-$10. “Audiences can expect to see a diverse set of dance works that range from the concept of energy flow to an exploration of group relationships,” a UO press release says.
Also presenting their student dance concert, LCC offers The Works Student Dance Concert, which provides a venue for budding choreographers “to explore their creativity and share their artistic visions.” We’re especially intrigued to see a duet between Jessica Ealy and her horse, Faith. The concert runs 7:30 pm, May 14-16, at LCC’s Ragozzino Performance Hall; $5.
Oregon Ballet Academy presents its Spring Concert May 17 (at 2 pm and at 6 pm) showcasing OBA’s dance program for performers ages 3-18. The performance features the school’s classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, improvisation and composition classes. OBA is often recognized for the renowned boys program it has developed over the years, and this concert highlights 25 of those stellar dancing boys in OBA artistic director John Grensback’s Robin Hood. Tickets at oregonballetacademy.com; $12-$15.
All That! Dance Company hosts its annual “Overcome” event May 30. “Each year the concert is dedicated to an individual who embraces the spirit of overcoming adversity. This year, the event will honor Eularee Smith, executive director of the local nonprofit organization Upstart Crow Studios, says Sarah Beth Byrum, the artistic director for All That! “Eularee has not only given tirelessly to create opportunities for underserved children to receive performing arts education, but was recently diagnosed with Stage IIIC uterine cancer,” Byrum explains. “She is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatment while continuing to teach and direct youth music and theatre classes. She is truly an example of the spirit of overcoming any obstacles life may present.” This benefit concert will be held at 7 pm, May 30, at the Wildish Community Theater; $15, tickets at wildishtheater.com.
And finally, the Eugene Ballet Academy presents Under/Into/Over/Beyond: A Dancer’s Journey choreographed by Eugene Ballet Academy faculty, with a program including repertory and original works from classical, modern and jazz repertoires. “This final production brings together the youngest and the most advanced students, ages 3-20, which allows an inspiring presentation of the dedication, commitment and accomplishment of the students, staff and parents,” the Eugene Ballet Academy writes. Catch the performance 5 pm, May 31, at the Hult Center; $13-$15.