Considered L.A.'s patron saint of dance, legendary choreographer and teacher Lester Horton launched dancers like Alvin Ailey and Bella Lewitzky, who went on to lead their own companies as choreographers and teachers. While Ailey decamped for New York, Lewitzky remained in L.A. The local dance landscape is populated with former Lewitzky dancers like John Pennington, who segued from Lewitzky star dancer to lead his own Pennington Dance Group. This program reflects Pennington's multifaceted fascinations under the banner Traversing Time/s. He takes aim at a variety of new media and do-it-yourself web therapy in his newest, Podcast, set to Tom Peters' original music. He looks back with Dances Before God, a reconstruction of German expressionist choreographer Harald Kreutzberg's 1927 triptych of solos set to the Horton award-winning score by Paul Des Marais. Created last year as a joint project with Yorke Dance Project, the high-energy Overlay has been pared down to five Pennington dancers while The Goodman Dances considers love's trials and tribulations as captured in Alexander Zemlinsky's 19th-century lieder. Pennington is a stellar representative of the Horton/Lewitzky dance legacy who also has established his own, distinctive choreographic credentials. ARC Pasadena, 1158 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri.-Sat., Dec. 14-15, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.; $22. (626) 204-0331, penningtondancegroup.org, arcpasadena.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 7. Continues through Dec. 16, 2012