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From left, Zachary Denison, Lonnie Stanton and Cassandra Cotta in a 2016 iteration of the dance “Secrets and Seawalls” in Fort Tilden, Queens.

John C. Robinson

Our guide to dance performances.

BALLET FESTIVAL at the Joyce Theater (July 18-29). Created to provide a space for independent choreographers working outside the usual company setting, this summer festival, curated this year in part by the dancer and choreographer John Selya, features several groups. Emery LeCrone Dance presents four new works (Tuesday through Thursday); Claudia Schreier & Company offers a world premiere, along with her 2016 piece “Solitaire” (July 21-22); Cirio Collective features work by its director, Jeffrey Cirio — an American Ballet Theater principal — along with Paulo Arrais and Gregory Dolbashian (July 23-24); and Gemma Bond, a corps de ballet member of Ballet Theater, unveils her new and reconstructed works “Then and Again,” “The Giving” and “Impressions” (July 25-26). Finally, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (July 27-29), a San Francisco troupe, performs a new full-length ballet by Ms. Seiwert.
212-242-0800, joyce.org

BOLSHOI BALLET, NEW YORK CITY BALLET AND PARIS OPERA BALLET at the David H. Koch Theater (July 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; through July 23). For this Lincoln Center Festival event, three companies join forces to present a 1967 sparkler: George Balanchine’s “Jewels.” Consisting of three ballets, “Emeralds,” “Rubies” and “Diamonds,” the luminous production highlights three different approaches, or schools of ballet. There is the French Romanticism of “Emeralds,” set to Fauré; the urgency and jazz of America in “Rubies,” to Stravinsky; and the splendor of Imperial Russia in “Diamonds,” to Tchaikovsky. For the performances, which celebrate the work’s 50th anniversary, the Paris Opera Ballet presides over “Emeralds,” while City Ballet and the Bolshoi alternate in performances of “Rubies” and “Diamonds.” City Ballet’s music director, Andrew Litton, leads the City Ballet orchestra. And as for costumes? The Bolshoi Ballet will wear Elena Zaitseva, City Ballet will be in Karinska and the Paris Opera Ballet will showcase designs by Christian Lacroix.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/lc-festival

COMPAGNIE XY at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (July 19-22, 8 p.m.). It’s a question for the times: How does humanity deal with instability? In “Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit,” the choreographer Loïc Touzé and the 22 acrobats of this French physical theater company explore the theme of being off balance in a show meant for all ages. The production, which sends its performers — the most graceful of daredevils — soaring through the air, is part of this season’s Lincoln Center Festival.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/lc-festival

FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL at Fire Island Pines (July 14, 7:30 p.m.; July 15, 5 and 7 p.m.; July 16, 5 p.m.). Dancers Responding to AIDS has presided over this seaside festival and worthy fund-raiser since 1994. Performances take place on an outdoor stage overlooking the ocean, but it’s not only the setting that’s transcendent: So are the dancers. This year’s lineup includes Acosta Danza; Caleb Teicher & Company; Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company; Miami City Ballet; Peridance Contemporary Dance Company; and Pontus Lidberg Dance, as well as works by the choreographers Al Blackstone, Lorin Latarro and Manuel Vignoulle. The actress Cady Huffman will host.

KINESIS PROJECT DANCE THEATER aboard the Wavertree (July 20 and 27, 7 p.m.; July 30, 5 p.m.). So much comes down to location. When was the last time you watched a dance on a ship? (And, no, we’re not talking about a cruise.) The South Street Seaport Museum and Kinesis Project present “Secrets and Seawalls,” inspired by New York City’s sea walls and Hurricane Sandy, on the restored 1885 cargo sailing ship Wavertree. (V.I.P. tickets include a preshow tour of the ship.) In the production, the choreographer Melissa Riker teams up with the architect Lee H. Skolnick to explore ideas about how vulnerability exists both in people and in structures; it comes to life within an immersive environment of movement and whispers. An earlier version was performed at the beach at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways; in both, Ms. Riker is concerned with exploring the places where power exists.

TAP CITY (through July 15). This annual celebration of tap dance wraps up this weekend, with two events. In “Tap Ellington,” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation and its artistic and executive director, Tony Waag, pay tribute to Duke Ellington. The program, featuring the Duke Ellington Center’s Big Band, conducted by Eli Yamin, features performances by Brenda Bufalino, Ayodele Casel, Mercedes Ellington, Caleb Teicher, Sarah Reich, Sam Weber, New American Tap Orchestra, and the brother-and-sister team of Josette and Joseph Wiggan. Saturday at 5 p.m., Symphony Space provides the setting for “Tap Future,” an informal showcase featuring students of all ages.

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