The performing arts are a subjective human endeavor; the individual performance matters more than the quantity of performances. The Emerson Spring to Dance Festival challenges that belief, however. Thirty companies from across the country assemble at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Boulevard at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.dancestlouis.org) for three nights of dance. Participants include Aerial Dance Chicago, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Grand Rapids Ballet, as well as local favorites the Big Muddy Dance Company and Saint Louis Ballet. There's something for everyone here, whether you're into the latest hip-hop (check out COCA's Hip-Hop Crew) or traditional West African folk dancing (courtesy of Afriky Lolo). The only thing that's small about Spring to Dance is the price: Tickets are just $15 per night. Main stage performances begin at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (May 22 through 24), but get there early enough to see the 5:30 p.m. performances that take place in the lobby.
May 22-24, 5:30 p.m., 2014