If watching "Dancing with the Stars" is your idea of taking in a dance performance, I'm here to tell you there are much better ways to get your dance fix. There are two live acts coming to Rochester this Friday, November 15, to open your eyes to the possibilities of the artform.
The first act is world-renowned, award-winning Shanghai Ballet, which will perform at Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.). With a wide-ranging repertoire that includes classical ballet, Chinese ballet, and contemporary dance, Shanghai Ballet doesn't need any words to communicate a whole story to its audiences. This will be evident when you watch the dancers perform "The Butterfly Lovers" on Friday. The show begins at 8 p.m., with a pre-dance lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50-$65. Call 389-2170 for more info or visit artscenter.naz.edu.
The other act, Galumpha Dance, goes in a bit of a different direction, as it is a company of acrobats who use physical comedy and inventive choreography to create a show that's as impressive as it is funny. Galumpha takes the stage Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College (1 College Road, Batavia), and tickets range from $5 to $10. Contact the GCC box office for more info by calling 343-0055, ext. 6814 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.