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    ‘Cinderella,’ tap, and ‘The Magic of Merlin’

    Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in “Cinderella.”
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    Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in “Cinderella.”

    KING ARTHUR & THE MAGIC OF MERLIN This children’s ballet brings to life the fabled adventures of the Knights of the Round Table. Dance Prism aims to evoke a magical time of dragons and druids, honor and courage, followed by a complimentary reception giving youngsters an opportunity to interact with the characters — even evil sorceress Morgana le Fey! Collins Center, Andover (April 14); Ephraim Curtis Middle School auditorium, Sudbury (April 27), Littleton Performing Arts Center, Littleton (April 28). $20-$26. 978-371-1038, www.danceprism.com

    VISIONS 2019 Boston University Dance Theatre Group’s annual spring concert is traditionally a lively, accessible, and family-friendly presentation of original student, alumni, and faculty choreography in a wide range of dance styles. Boston University Dance Theater, April 18-19. $10-$15. 617-353-1597, www.bu.edu/fitrec/dance

    THE COCKTAIL PARTY Don’t let the title fool you. Choreographer Lynn Modell promises her latest theatrical dance event, a satirical poke at contemporary life, is fine for kids — the dancers only pretend to drink, and responsibly at that! In addition to Modell’s blend of inventive choreography and cheeky humor, the concert features live original music by the Eli Sundae Quintet. United Parish, Brookline, April 26-27. $15-$25. 617-678-6068, www.lynn
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    DANCE SATURDAYS: TAP José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s new Dance Saturdays initiative focuses on tap this time, with a dynamite slate of dancers, from legendary diva Dianne Walker to Boston native and Broadway veteran Derick K. Grant to young firebrand Ian Berg, who directs and anchors the program with his edgy company Subject:Matter. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge, April 27. $35-$125. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

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    CYDP: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS Deborah Mason’s Cambridge Youth Dance Program honors a milestone with this concert. It features choreography by Mason, Jenny Oliver, and Jeryl Palana, as well as ballet variations restaged by Boston Ballet alum Nina Pillar, tap dances set by Derick K. Grant, and the premiere of “Chaos” by Ailey alum Christopher Huggins. It all wraps up with a disco party. Boston University Dance Theater, April 27-28. $25. 617-616-5124, www.cydp.org

    ARTS FIRST DANCEFEST This lively free concert, part of Harvard University’s annual four-day celebration of the arts, showcases more than a dozen dance traditions from around the globe in performances by students, faculty, and staff. Harvard University’s Science Center Plaza Tent, Cambridge, May 4, 3-5 p.m. Free. 617-495-8676, ofa.fas.harvard.edu/event/dancefest

    CINDERELLA Boston Ballet’s production choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton is ideal for kids, packed with not just fairy tale magic, but fanciful whimsy and laugh-out-loud humor. Soaring on the wings of Prokofiev’s colorful score — performed live — this one is a must-see. Citizens Bank Opera House, May 10-June 8. $37-$169. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

    BALLETX With a cast of versatile, committed, and technically adept performers serving up a range of challenging choreography, the Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet troupe makes a welcome return to Boston. The World Music/CRASHarts program includes three Boston premieres: Matthew Neenan’s “Increasing,” Cayetano Soto’s “Schachmatt,” and Nicolo Fonte’s “Steep Drop, Euphoric.” Best suited for older kids. Institute of Contemporary Art, May 10-12. $44-$48. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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    RHAPSODY Boston Ballet showcases its neoclassical and contemporary chops in this program. It features a world premiere for 15 performers choreographed by principal dancer Paulo Arrais and set to Gershwin’s jazzy “Rhapsody in Blue.” Three works by Balanchine contemporary Leonid Yakobson illustrate the rebellious Soviet choreographer’s impressive artistic range, and the rich icing on the cake is Balanchine’s glorious “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.” Citizens Bank Opera House, May 16-June 9. $37-$169. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

    JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE’S YOUTHWORKS The program celebrates an impressive 25 years of committed dance education with a “Dance Saturdays” concert showcasing the school’s advanced students. The evening also features guest performances by some of Mateo’s favorite professional dancers, including Angie DeWolfe, Brittany Bush, Janelle Gilchrist, and Haruka Tamura. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge, May 18. $35-$125. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

    Karen Campbell can be reached at karencampbell4@rcn.com.