The Dance Critics Association Conference starts this evening and goes through Sunday. Due to my grueling rehearsal schedule I will not be able to attend it in full as I had hoped, but am planning to catch one or two sessions each on Saturday and Sunday. Regrettably one of the ones I will miss is the panel on Dance and New Media, featuring among others Doug Fox of Great Dance.  I also highly regret missing Alastair Macauley’s keynote address.

Coinciding with DCA is the Ballet Across America festival at the Kennedy Center. If you are in DC, you should definitely go to this. It’s a rare opportunity to see some of America’s best ballet companies all in one place. We have tickets to the Saturday night performance featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet (Jardi Dandicat by Nacho Duato), the Kansas City Ballet (The Still Point by Todd Bolender), and our home team, the Washington Ballet (Tharp’s Sinatra Songs).

Other companies being featured this weekend are Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Suzanne Farrell’s Notes from the Ballet give more insight on some of the works being presented.

You can get tickets here, and if you use promotion code 30503, you’ll get a nice $15 discount on most seats.