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Atlanta's dance scene steps up

A vibrant and singular local movement takes shape

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A performance at Dance Canvas - T. LYNNE PIXLEY

A taste of what's coming up on Atlanta's dance scene in September. To delve deeper into the season, check the calendars at DanceATL.org or follow Culture Surfing.

Wabi Sabi
September 8 at the Botanical Gardens
The Atlanta Ballet brings its inimitable style to the latest Atlanta trend of site-specific performances with a new "company within a company" called Wabi Sabi. On entering the Botanical Gardens, visitors will receive a map they can use to find the dancers: from a tea party pas de deux on the oval to a dance in the waterfalls.

Maa
September 9-10 at Symphony Hall
Though it usually performs in public places, gloATL's next "migration" will be at Symphony Hall. Dance maker Lauri Stallings asks, "Who's to say we can't bring a sense of organic materials and public space into Symphony Hall?" Damn straight. The stage will be covered in grass, naturally.

The Point
September 17-18 at Decatur High School
CORE Performance Company celebrates its 25th birthday by giving an awesome gift back to Atlanta: a weekend of free performances at Decatur High School.

SHE Created It
September 17-18 at Tri-Cities High School's Viola Turner Theater
A mixed program by Atlanta's emerging female choreographers and dancers.

2 Kids and a Dream
September 23 at Underground Atlanta
This new 20-member company gives a free performance as part of Elevate: Art Above Underground.

Dance in Progress
September 20, 27, and on-going at Emory's Schwartz Center Dance Studio
Peek inside the choreographic process with this on-going Tuesday series in which faculty members and guest artists share their work and talk about the steps that went into creating it. On September 20, faculty member George Staib and on September 27, guest artist Kyle Abraham.

FLUX 2011
September 30 in Castleberry Hill
An outdoor event presenting a wide range of visual arts, installations and performances in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. See if you can spot Zoetic dancers among the rocks and rubble, look up for the aerial dancers of D'Air Project, and wear comfortable shoes: Choreographer Lauri Stallings says gloATL plans to lead spectators on a migration for a mile.

Shaken
September 30-October 2 at Fabrefaction Theater
Emily Christianson presents a multimedia dance and performance piece offering her sly take on the iconic James Bond films.

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