Named for the Mexican marigold, the Ballet Zempoalxochitl reflects the traditional cultures of Mexico in their movements and style. This week, Napa Valley’s Ballet Folklorico dance company unveils its new production, Bailes de Mi Tierra (“Dances of My Country”). The show is choreographed and directed by Pete Peralez and accompanied by live mariachi music. The performance is set for May 10 at the Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $10. 707.255.5445.
For more than 30 years, San Francisco dance company Alonzo King LINES Ballet has re-imagined the essence of ballet with challenging choreography and spectacular talent. Formed by Alonzo King in 1982, the company has toured the world while maintaining a residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, garnering universal acclaim year after year. In advance of the company’s upcoming Spring 2014 season, Alonzo King LINES Ballet previews their new, still untitled, work—followed by a talk with King —on April 3, at the Evert Person Theater at Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Free (advanced ticket required). 707.664.4246.
Since being taught to tap at age 14, master tap dancer Savion Glover has made it his life’s work. Forming the HooFeRzCLuB (TLHS) dance ensemble in his hometown of Newark, N.J., Glover is most known as the Tony Award—winning choreographer of the 1996 Broadway hit Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk. Equal parts virtuoso and innovator, Glover brings his latest production, STePz, to the North Bay. Combing the best of traditional dance and Glover’s own young and funk styling, and backed by a versatile ensemble, this exuberant dance celebration happens Friday, March 14, at the Marin Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 10 Avenues of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20—$45. 415.499.6800.
The allure of dark comedy and quirky, misunderstood characters are staples found throughout the career of legendary filmmaker Tim Burton. Classical & Contemporary Dance with Tamara Grose takes on the daunting task of translating ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ into a dance routine as captivating as the film. The dance group channels Nightmare favorites Jack Skellington, Sally and Sandy Claws on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec.1, at the Spreckels Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7pm. $15–$20. 707.588.3434.