Fall Arts Preview: Dance

Francis Ma

Staging dance is quite a feet: A pleasing array of styles are represented in this fall line-up

Call us crazy, but we like “Dancing With the Stars.” It sends a good message: If any goof with two left feet (hello, Jerry Springer) can get up there and dance in front of the entire nation, why can’t you get up and do your pathetic dance moves in the relative obscurity of your local dance establishments?

Dance: There’s not enough of it in our lives. Here are some chances to get some more.

Boston Ballet launches its new season with the help of Sorella Englund, who stages the 1836 masterpiece “La Sylphide.” It’s a storyabout the fate of a groom who falls for a forest fairy a couple of days before his wedding. The lesson here? Never get married. Boston Ballet performed the ballet in Spain over the summer. It plays Oct. 18-28.

Fine, you want to get married and have the party. Well, before you run out on the dance floor to show off your “patented moves,” get some pointers from watching the “Ballet Folklórico de México” on Oct. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre.  A total of 48 dancers, musicians and singers make up Mexico’s national dance company. They incorporate a number of the country’s regional folk dances, as well as Mayan and Aztec rituals. This will be an exciting visual history, and much-needed education, of Mexican dance.

While traditional dance can be enjoyed by almost anyone, contemporary dance should only be handled by those who don’t mind thinking outside of the box. Maureen Fleming’s “Waters of Immortality” celebrates the feminine archetype through inventive body movements, the poetry of William Butler Yeats, and with the help of pianist Peter Phillips performing the music of Philip Glass. And if that isn’t enough, Flemming incorporates three-dimensional video. The performance is at the ICA, Nov. 2-4. Heads up: this show contains nudity.

Not only is Shaolin kung fu “the heart and soul of Chinese martial arts culture,” but it’s also responsible for such films as “American Shaolin” and “Shaolin Soccer” (skip the first, see the second). Here, the Shaolin Warriors Troupe, which has over 20 kung fu masters, turn their skill into a seductive dance in “Shaolin Warriors,” at the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 17.

Dance doesn’t have to be serious all the time and the Seán Curran Company proves that with this performance at the Tsai Performance Center, Oct. 26-28. A former member of the original New York cast of STOMP, Curran fuses his dance with intelligence and physical comedy for a show that’s a pleasure for the whole family.

The Argentine Tango Society presents “iTango”at theJohn Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center on Oct. 14. Each of the 14 performers will explore their personal relationship with “the dance of love” (includes classic tangos, milongas and vases, and contemporary pieces). Thankfully, your relationship with tango (stepping on your partners toes and falling down) will be omitted. Maybe Apple will come out with a device to help your two left feet soon.

But out of all the ballets and dances mentioned here, only one serves alcohol: Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “Covens” at the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge, Oct. 5-28. “Covens” is performed, like most Jose Mateo shows, with wonderfully intimate, cabaret-style seating, and, yes, the chance for a glass of wine that just may come in handy as you watch a ballet about a woman being tormented by witch-hunters and going crazy thanks to her “deceptive partner.”