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A Lavish Display 

Wednesday, Jan 2 2013
Maybe you can beat your niece and nephew at Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Maybe you’re a So You Think You Can Dance junkie and host viewing parties at your place. Or maybe you’ve made up your own routine to “Gangnam Style” and your moves are even more over-the-top than the ones in the video. No doubt about it: Dance is part of the cultural zeitgeist, with movies like Black Swan and the seemingly infinite iterations of Step Up tapping into the energy, too. Now, Yada Dance Company captures some of that excitement in its stage show “Dance Rush.” The story is based loosely on the 2007 film August Rush, in which a young boy with extraordinary musical abilities searches for his parents in NYC, and features Robin Williams as a Fagin figure among the street performers. In Yada’s version the boy falls asleep and, as in the Nutcracker, dreams a series of dances, each with its own distinct musical style like jazz or ballet. Really it’s just an excuse for Yada to show its stuff, as the 25-year-old company appears here for the first time in the U.S. and brings a corps of more than three dozen performers. Expect nothing less than a dance extravaganza.
Jan. 11-20, 2 & 7 p.m., 2013

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