Carpenter Performing Arts Center


Dance Series

Experience evocative performances with the Carpenter Center’s Dance Series. As a leading presenter of dance in Southern California—and with a stage designed for choreographed performances—the Carpenter Center is the perfect venue for witnessing the transformative power of dance.

Tickets to individual shows may still be available. Click a show below to learn more.


Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

STARDUST: A Tribute to David Bowie

WOKE (SoCal Premiere)

Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 8pm

Complexions is back to rock the Carpenter Center stage! Experience the brilliance of David Bowie with STARDUST, an “utterly transfixing” (Billboard) dance tribute to the late rock icon—his beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes transformed by the award-winning company into powerful, poignant movement. Plus the SoCal premiere of Dwight Rhoden’s galvanizing protest rally of a ballet, WOKE—set to a remix of music by Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Drake, Diplo, and more.

Kyle Abraham / A.I.M

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 8pm

One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently commissioned to create a work for New York City Ballet—Abraham was born into the hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical music and visual arts into his work. Abraham’s acclaimed company A.I.M stuns with its diverse range of styles, “lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers.” (The New York Times)

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles Cruce Fronterizo

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano

Cruzando Fronteras

Sat, May 16, 2020 at 8pm

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company, bring their graceful choreography and colorful, elaborate costumes to Carpenter Center. Sharing the stage is Jarabe Mexicano, whose dramatic, harmonized vocals have gained them acclaim across the country. A joyride through the songbook of Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Tex-Mex, including a special performance to “Remember Me” from Disney’s Coco, the two Southern California break-out ensembles join together for a joyous, one-of-a-kind performance.