Most of the year, Jamie Nichols prowls dance concerts and choreography festivals, applying her insight as a dancer, choreographer and teacher to identify the best of SoCal's vibrant but usually under-resourced dance troupes. Come spring, Nichols assumes the mantle of producer, inviting the cream of what she's seen to share the stage for one night in Celebrate Dance! Nichols has repeatedly been given honors for Outstanding Achievement for a Festival by the Lester Horton Awards, which honor L.A. dance; many of the companies participating tonight have won Horton Awards as well for their Celebrate Dance! performances. This year's lineup includes such returning troupes as L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and Lux Aeterna Dance Company, mixed with new faces including Nickerson-Rossi and Francisco Gella's Colabo Youth Dance Collective. Other invitees are Invertigo Dance Theatre, JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble and Lydia Zimmer + Dancers. Usually a sell-out, the show is a highly anticipated chance to sample a curated roster of great dance while having to park only once. Preview videos of the companies at Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., March 9, 8 p.m.; $16-$36.

Sat., March 9, 8 p.m., 2013

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