Dance troupes from as far away as Russia and Argentina, and as close to home as your living room TV set, will be tapping, tangoing and pirouetting into Long Island theaters over the next two weeks.
Gravity-defying “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Lex Ishimoto and the other top 10 finalists will perform favorite routines from the show’s Season 14 at Tilles Center in Brookville. It will take more than two to tango when an Argentine troupe twists and turns to the music of the genre’s greatest artists at Molloy College’s Madison Theatre, in Rockville Centre. And popcorn and pirouettes are on the menu at five local movie houses for Fathom Events’ presentation of an (almost) live broadcast from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m., Saturday, Tilles Center, LIU Post, Brookville
INFO $49-$109; 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
Ishimoto, 19, of Irvine, California, sounded a bit out of breath — and still a bit taken aback — during a rehearsal break telephone interview four days after his triumph.
“I didn’t think I was going to win at all, but the show is all about surprises,” said Ishimoto, a former road company Billy Elliot who hopes to continue his professional career with “Dance” alum Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance troupe.
Asked if he’ll show Long Islanders the acrobatic “butterfly twists” that impressed the judges in his New York audition, or his Fred Astaire tap routine, complete with splits and a back flip, Ishimoto danced around the question.
“You can’t go wrong with Fred,” he hinted, adding that audiences can expect “some of the favorite dance routines that the fans like, and a little bit more.”
The show also features finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, Kiki Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver. Special guests include Season 14 All-Stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar.
Tango Buenos Aires
WHEN | WHERE 3 p.m. Sunday, Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
INFO $35-$55; 516-323-4444, madisontheatreny.org
In this traveling show from Argentina, the dance troupe recounts the melodic yet tragic life of crooner-composer Carlos Gardel, nicknamed “the songbird of Buenos Aires.”
U.S. audiences may know Gardel only through his music — he composed the torrid tango Al Pacino slides across the floor to in “Scent of a Woman” — but during his 1920s and ’30s heyday, Gardel was an international sensation who was friends with Charlie Chaplin and fellow tango master Astor Piazzolla, says Tango Buenos Aires artistic director Rosario Bauza.
Five male and five female dancers and a five-member orchestra will run a gamut of tango styles to dramatize Gardel’s life, from his childhood to his 1930s Hollywood career that was cut short at age 44 by a South American plane crash.
“In the beginning it’s a more traditional tango and in the second part of the show it’s more acrobatic and passionate,” Bauza says.
Bolshoi Ballet in ‘Le Corsaire’
WHEN | WHERE 12:55 p.m. Oct. 22, AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Hwy.; Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Rd.; UA Hampton Bays 5, 119 W. Montauk Hwy.; UA Westbury Stadium 12, 7000 Brush Hollow Rd.
INFO $18-$19; fathomevents.com
The 4,650 miles between Long Island and Moscow will melt away at this recorded live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Le Corsaire.” The three-act, 3 hour and 34 minute ballet tells the tale of a romance between a pirate and the woman he loves and kidnaps from a bustling Turkish market.
Kymberli Frueh, Fathom’s vice president for programming, said that movie theater audiences will see “the details of the elaborate costumes, the expressions on the faces of the dancers, and multiple camera angles throughout the entire show.”