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This season in Pittsburgh, there's little reason to settle for just watching dance on TV.

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With So You Think You Can Dance back on the air, dance once again permeates the subconscious of sofa-surfers everywhere. But why not trade your remote viewing experience for a firsthand one?

It's easy to do this fall in Pittsburgh, with offerings from ballet and folk to modern and Afro-Brazilian. Here is a sampling of what's on tap:

The Pillow Project - PHOTO COURTESY OF DEREK STOLTZ
  • Photo courtesy of Derek Stoltz
  • The Pillow Project

Daily through Fri., Sept. 25 (G-20 or no), edgy dance troupe The Pillow Project continues the Downtown phase of its street-level Urban Experiment; the series continues, in various neighborhoods, through Nov. 3. Meanwhile, Pillow Project offers some "Sophisticated Junk" (Oct. 10) as part of its monthly Second Saturdays series at The Space Upstairs, in Point Breeze, with "Single-Serving Saturday" (Nov. 6) and "The [Secret] Saturday" (Dec.12) to come.

The August Wilson Center opens its inaugural dance season Sept. 26 and 27 with favorite Philadanco's 40th Anniversary Jubilee season; the program includes a world-premiere work by Urban Bush Women's Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Also on Sept. 26, Pittsburgh's Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Ensemble performs with guest artists Jair Pereira and Gustavo Caldas at The Union Project, and Attack Theatre joins forces with the Pittsburgh Opera in Eugene Onegin, running through Oct. 4 at the Benedum Center. Attack follows up Nov. 13-21 by telling of Incident[s] in the Strip, at the troupe's new Strip District home.

Dance Alloy Theater begins its season under new artistic director Greer Reed-Jones on Oct. 2, with Unblurred/In Good Company, at the Alloy's Friendship studios. The performance features works by regional dance organizations. On Nov. 20 and 21 comes the second installment of the Alloy on Alloy series, where company dancers create works on each other. Then the Alloy heads to the New Hazlett Theater Dec. 4-7 for Alloy ... Unlocked, Part I, featuring repertory works and new pieces by area choreographers Pearlann Porter and Gwen Ritchie.

Point Park University's Conservatory Dance Company unveils its season-opener Student Choreography Project Oct 2-4 at Downtown's brand-new George Rowland White Performance Studio. From Nov. 13-22, the troupe serves up the 2009 edition of its Pittsburgh Connections. And Dec. 11-20, Conservatory Dance Company performs Kiesha Lalama-White's new work The Bench, a celebration of family, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

On Oct. 3, Pittsburgh Dance Council kicks off its new season with Canada's Kidd Pivot in the emotionally textured work Lost Action, at the Byham Theater. Also that day, the Guitar Society of Fine Art presents Spanish Day, a flamenco rock opera at the New Hazlett Theater. 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre revives The Sleeping Beauty Oct 16-18 at the Benedum Center. PBT then heads to the Byham Nov. 12-15 in Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills' haunting Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, and returns to the Benedum Dec 11-27 with its annual production of The Nutcracker.

Also on Oct. 18, LADO, the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia, brings a taste of Croatian culture to the Byham.

On Oct. 24, San Francisco's Margaret Jenkins Dance Company joins China's Guandong Modern Dance Company to present Other Suns (A Trilogy), investigating cultural symmetry and asymmetry at the Byham. And the Duquesne University Tamburitzans strut their European folk-dance stuff at the school on Nov. 4. 

On Nov. 6-7, at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, audiences will see the full version of choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace's "Store," which she previewed at the theater's newMoves festival, in May.

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet - PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC ROSE
  • Photo courtesy of Eric Rose
  • Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet's annual Multiplicity showcase heads back to the Kelly-Strayhorn Nov. 14-15 with a new work by artistic director Maria Caruso about surviving breast cancer, entitled "No More Bad Hair Days." 

And on Dec. 12, La Roche College Dance Theatre presents Choreographers' Series 09, at the school's Zappala College Center Square.

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