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International as well as local favorites, some song and dance and a special anniversary year highlight the summer in dance throughout the region.
The Full Force Dance Theatre presents an evening of modern dance and live music at Hartford's Charter Oak Cultural Arts Center Friday through Sunday.
Three of Hartford's best-known professional dance artists - Adam Miller, Tim Melady and James Graber - present an evening of their own choreography in "New Choreography Workshop" June 14 and 15 at Charter Oak Cultural Center.
The Inbal Pinto Dance Company from Israel will present the darkly mirthful "Oyster" as part of New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas June 26 to 29 at Yale's University Theatre. Admission is free, too.
Donna McKechnie ("A Chorus Line") will present her cabaret show "My Musical Comedy Life" as part of Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer series of events. Though more song than dance, McKechnie will strut her stuff at the show July 11 in the center's theater.
The international company of Eiko & Koma also will present their "body as landscape" artistry at Wesleyan July 21 with "Offering."
Of course, dance aficionados will head straight to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., for an entire summer of great choreography. The festival celebrates its 70th year this summer.
This year's list of one great ensemble after another includes: Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project, presenting new works by Lucinda Childs and others (June 19 to 23); Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company with the chamber group Concertante (July 24 to 28); Mark Morris Dance Group featuring a new work "in the tradition of" Pillow founder Ted Shawn's Men Dancers (Aug. 6 to 11); and David Gordon and his Pick Up Performance Company in "The Private Lives of Dancers" Aug. 22 to 25.