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From left, Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy and Shamar Watt in a version of “Paramodernities,” a continuing project of Ms. Yerushalmy’s that will be performed as part of a dance residency in Madison Square Park. See listing below.

Arnaud Falchier

Our guide to dance performances.

BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD: A JOURNEY THROUGH HINDI CINEMA at Damrosch Park (Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.). Lights, camera — and best of all — live action: Hindi cinema takes over the Damrosch Park band shell in this special presentation by Lincoln Center Out of Doors in which music and dance show the evolution of the Bollywood musical. The program includes a performance featuring choreography inspired by Bollywood films against projections of colorful animations. To prepare for the show, take in a panel discussion: The festival, in association with the India Center Foundation, will host “India’s Identities Through Bollywood Cinema” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

HEIDI LATSKY at Hearst Plaza (July 29, 6 p.m.). Lincoln Center Out of Doors is the backdrop for the latest iteration of Ms. Latsky’s “On Display,” a performance installation in which figures dressed in white gather around Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure.” In this evolving piece of living sculpture, first performed in 2015 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Ms. Latsky, who has created work with people with disabilities since 2006, explores inclusion and ideas around body image. Aptly, her human sculpture court will be made up of a range of diverse performers; Ms. Latsky, as she states on her website, aims to “demonstrate inclusion through art.”
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY at Damrosch Park (July 28, 7:30 p.m.). The extraordinary Taylor dancers return to grace Lincoln Center Out of Doors with performances of two classic dances: “Airs,” a 1978 beauty set to Handel; and “Company B,” a 1991 showcase of wartime events that manages to be both dark and, in moments, delightful. Appropriately — given the subject matter — the dark side wins. The original was set to recordings by the Andrews Sisters, but this special rendition features music performed by the New York trio Duchess. That vocal group opens the evening with a special guest, the South African jazz singer Vuyo Sotashe.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

’TIL THE STREET LIGHTS COME ON: CELEBRATING DOUBLE DUTCH IN NYC at Lincoln Center (July 29-30). Take a deep breath and hop in. As part of its Family Weekend series, Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the sport and artistry of double Dutch in a two-day event that includes the return of the Double Dutch Summer Classic at Josie Robertson Plaza on Sunday. Presented by Women of Color in the Arts in collaboration with the National Double Dutch League, the festivities include demonstrations, jump-ins, a film screening of “Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show” and panel discussions. (One, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, will feature members of teams featured in the film.). After the competition concludes, head over to the Damrosch Park band shell for a finale from the collective Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen that will include music, dance and, of course, more double Dutch.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

NETTA YERUSHALMY at Madison Square Park (Aug. 1-6; through Aug. 13). In the second installment of the “Prismatic Park” dance series, for which the artist Josiah McElheny has invited Danspace Project to select choreographers to inhabit the installation he created in Madison Square Park, Ms. Yerushalmy does the honors. Responding to what she has called the “modernist gestures” of Mr. McElheny’s sculptures, and in keeping with the way she views the park in architectural — rather than organic — terms, Ms. Yerushalmy will focus on cultural legacy as part of her continuing “Paramodernities” project. There are two tracks to her residency: In the first, an intergenerational group of dancers — including Megan Williams, Michael Blake, Hsiao-Jou Tang, J’nae Simmons and Joyce Edwards — will study and interpret the movement from Bob Fosse’s “Sweet Charity.” For the second, Ms. Yerushalmy will experiment with another group of dancers to create a piece featuring movement vocabulary drawn from the work of choreographers including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham, part of her research for earlier installments of “Paramodernities.” In Ms. Yerushalmy’s hands, the park is a canvas for experimentation.

YOUNG DANCEMAKERS COMPANY (through Aug. 5). Alice Teirstein, founding director of the Young Dancemakers Company, and William Catanzaro, its music director, preside over this diverse group of New York City teens who choreograph and perform original choreography at free events throughout the summer. The dancers are chosen through auditions at public high schools and spend four weeks working together. Each year, they learn a piece by an esteemed choreographer; this year’s selection is José Limón’s “A Choreographic Offering,” an excerpt from which they will dance at performances all summer long. Another highlight, on Saturday at Socrates Sculpture Park, will be “Pop-Up Dances,” in which the performers create improvisations inspired by the art on display. Now in its 22nd season, the ensemble concludes each show the same way: In “Dance With Us,” audience members can join the performers onstage to improvise to percussive music by Mr. Catanzaro. Bring your happy feet.

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