Live dance performances, whether as a themed show or just as a professional performance, take place all over Detroit in many of the fine theaters and venues around the city. Here are some of the top live dance performances coming to the Motor City this year.
Straight Outta Oz
Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 W. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 399-2980

Date: August 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.

For this live dance performance of the legendary tale of Oz, Todrick Hall has completely revamped the show with his own brand of style and design. The multi-talented Hall came into national fame when he performed on the ninth season of American Idol and has been stunning audiences everywhere since. He is a viral sensation with over 2 million subscribers to his Youtube channel) and will bring his new vision of the land of Oz to the Royal Oak Music Theatre this fall. A show for no dance fan to miss.

The Fox Theatre In Downtown Detroit; Photo courtesy of Michael Ferro

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Dance
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200

Date: Dec. 18, 2016 at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Nothing goes quite together with Christmas like a performance of the classical show, the Nutcracker. This year, at the historic and beautiful Fox Theatre, the Moscow Ballet will be heading to the Motor City to put on their most famous performance of dance and spectacle of the year. The show is a perfect blend of professional dance and ballet, as well as the classic music inspired by old-time Russia. Since first performing in just six cities in America back in 1993, the Moscow Ballet now performs over 100 shows a year. Be sure to see one of their best.

The Detroit Opera House; Photo courtesy of Michael Ferro

Realite De L’Art
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-7464

Date: Aug. 20, 2016 at 7 p.m.

For a live dance performance with a host of different performers slated on the ticket, the Realite De L’Art at the Detroit Opera House is the perfect show for you. Those who will be performing at this prestigious show include: Precious Adams of the English National Ballet, Mike Ellison, Joseph Phillips of The State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater, Patricia Zhou of the Ballet Staatsballett Berlin, Olga Pavlova, former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, Rasta Thomas, founder and director of Bad Boyz of Dance, Sergey Sidorsky of the National Ballet of Ukraine and others.

Related: Five Must-See Museums In Detroit

Layla And Majnun
Power Center 121 Fletcher St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-3327

Date: Oct. 15, 2016 at 8 p.m.

For three consecutive nights, the Mark Morris Dance Group will be putting on a special performance of the classic Arabian love story known as “Layla and Majnun” at the Power Center in Ann Arbor. The music for the show is by the Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli and performed by the Silk Road Ensemble with Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. The Mark Morris Dance Company is made up of 15 principal dancers who will be performing for the show. For a live dance event unlike anything you’ve ever seen, this show is worth a look.

The Nutcracker
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-7464

Date: Nov. 25-27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s most famous piece of music comes alive in this holiday show that is put on for the whole family at the Detroit Opera House, accompanied by the the terrific Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. There will be a top-notch ballet performance of the classic show, plus live reindeer before the event, photos with Santa and the nutcracker, a buffet, craftmaking, free holiday ice cream and a high school choir singing in the lobby before the show too. The BalletMet Columbus dancers will be performing in the show in conjunction with the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

Related: Best Art Walks In Metro Detroit

Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at