Bromelia takes to the airBromelia Aerial Dance Collective knows how to fly. Its members will hurdle through the Orange Peel's atmosphere (while being careful not to hit to the giant fan) in late June and early July. Asheville band Hello Hugo will provide live accompaniment and perform a few tracks of its newest album. Bromelia's new full-length show, Jump Sessions, will "explore the ways in which pop media and the daily news influence our tendencies toward resilience, catastrophe and each other." Bromelia will get a bird's-eye view of the Orange Peel on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1, 7 p.m. $14; $12 in advance. http://batty4.wix.com/bromeliadance.
Set in MOTIONMOTION Dance+Theatre calls itself a "choreographic laboratory" and now it's time to don your lab coat. The company's goal is to take ballet into the 21st century through dance that captivates as it illuminates. “I want ballet to feel important; to feel current,” says artistic director Nick Kepley. “I want people to understand that it can convey complex ideas and emotions and that it’s not just tutus and tiaras.” MOTION Dance+Theatre will bring nine dancers to Asheville from Ballet Austin, Nashville Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and several other national dance companies. Two of the dancers will serve as both performers and choreographers to create two world premiers while they soak in Asheville's culture and spirit. The dancers will take to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m. $30; $25 students and seniors. http://www.motiondt.com or http://www.dwtheatre.com.
Foolkmoot is a folk mustFor anyone who speaks Old English, Folkmoot means "meeting of the people," and that's exactly what this WNC tradition has done for the past 30 years. But don't think this long-standing festival is getting stale; an entirely new set of performers swirl and twirl each season. This year's groups include stilt walkers from France, traditional dancers from Martinique, Thailand, Japan and Slovakia, plus some lively Scottish Highland step dancers. Other highlights of this two-week festival include a parade of nations through downtown Waynesville and a candlelight closing ceremony at Lake Junaluska. More than 200 groups from 100 different countries have converged on WNC over the years and this season's anniversary festival is sure to leave you ready for an around-the-world staycation. Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 28. See the website for schedule and cost: http://www.folkmootusa.org
Be your own dance companyThere are plenty of opportunities to spin your partner in Western North Carolina. From contra to shag, Bavarian folk dance to ballroom, our region offers dozens of classes, workshops and clubs each week. Check out the dance category of Xpress' calendar in print, or visit http://www.mountainx.com/events.
—Jen Nathan Orris