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Best Dance Series If You Had to Pick Just One Los Angeles 2012 

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center

Dance at the Music Center's 10th-anniversary season is its most ambitious yet, a tasting menu of styles that tantalizes with unique projects from high-caliber companies. There's the long-overdue return of National Ballet of Canada in the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's full-length story ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Oct. 19-21). Next up, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago brings back its re-creation of Nijinsky-Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, as well as some infrequently seen repertory from William Forsythe, Wheeldon and others (Feb. 1-3). In an unusual combined performance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and San Francisco's LINES Ballet debut a new piece by LINES director Alonzo King (June 21-23). On top of all that, there's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 17-21), 7 Fingers' beloved acrobatic show Traces (April 26-28) and American Ballet Theatre (July 11-14) in a night of repertory, followed by that swashbuckler Le Corsaire. But you already missed the September premiere of Benjamin Millepied's Music Center–supported L.A. Dance Project. Maybe he'll be back next season. 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn. (213) 972-0711, musiccenter.org/about/Our-Programs/Glorya-Kaufman-Dance/.

—Laura Bleiberg

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