November kicks off “Nutcracker” season, but the month also offers some interesting dance performances that are free of Sugar Plum Fairies. Dance in Los Angeles revs up and gives fans of artistic movement a plethora of choices to experience in different areas in Southern California.
One comes from Momix, one of America’s preeminent modern dance companies. Known for nontraditional choreography, Momix performances include props, projections, acrobatics, costumes and mime. They will present “Opus Cactus,” an expressionistic look at the American desert, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Kavli Theatre (2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; www.civicartsplaza.com) and 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach; carpenterarts.org). Tickets are $29-$59.
Two TV dance series are bringing their stage shows to town. On Nov. 15 the Dolby Theater (6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; www.dolbytheatre.com/events) hosts the 11-time Emmy Award-winning Fox program “So You Think You Can Dance Live.” The 8 p.m. show will include top-10 finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver – as well as season 14 all-stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. Tickets are $45.50-$69.50.
“World of Dance,” the popular NBC series, brings its live stage show to the Kavli Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 24. DNA, Luka & Jenalyn, Supercr3w, Elektrobotz, the Mihacevich sisters and junior division finalist Eva Igo are among the popular dancers appearing in this production, which features hip-hop, ballet, contemporary and ballroom dancing.
Those who must have a Nutcracker might want to check out “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” which has a one-night stand at the Dolby Theater at 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Set in Brooklyn during the 1980s, this production mashes up Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and hip-hop music into a highly energetic performance complete with high-tech visual effects, an on-stage electric violinist and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow as guest MC. $45-$85.