No doubt you have your favorite choreographers and dancers from film, TV and music videos, but ever seen them on the stage? Founded by Carey Ysais and Paulette Azizian in 1998 as a monthly showcase, The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball is SoCal’s longest-running dance series — now with offshoots in New York, Chicago, Sydney, London and Tokyo — where more than 120 choreographers and dancers perform nearly every genre of dance, from ballet and tap to hip-hop and funk, for fans and peers. Past honorees have included industry big names like Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Kenny Ortega and Adam Shankman. In addition to the dozen performers, tonight’s highlight is winners from this year’s Kidz Carnival for dancers 19 and younger. 

Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood.; Wed., July 31, 9 p.m.; $20. (323) 462-8900,


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