There are some exciting performances happening in Cleveland this month! 

One of my favorite things is when artists use dance to communicate about real issues.  There is just something about the way that movement can speak louder than words that makes such a lasting impact.  Later this month, RED Company will be performing SKINS, which is a modern piece that battles the issues of body image and eating disorders. Thanks to many sponsors, the event will be free to the public.  If you want to attend, they will be performing on February 28th at 2 pm in the Akron Summit County Public Library Auditorium.

Also this month, Verb Ballets has the exciting opportunity to participate in the 85th anniversary of the Lamentation Variations project, which was started by the Martha Graham Dance Company.  At Verb Ballet’s show, they will perform three variations by Antonio Brown, Chung Fu Chang and Ginger Thatcher.  Each of the variations are the choreographers reaction to watching the 1930’s film of Martha Graham dancing her famous solo called Lamentations.  If you want to see this special event, it will be held on February 21 at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at 8 pm.  Tickets will go for around $10-$28.

On a different note, mark your calendars for March 14th.  Misty Copeland and Carlos Lopez from the American Ballet Theatre will hold an autograph and discussion session from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at The Rehearsal Halls at PlayhouseSquare, and teach a ballet technique and pas de deux master class for ages 13+ from 2:30 – 5:00 pm.  The cost is $65, and you can register on Ballet in Cleveland’s website.