State Street Ballet, American Legends Southern California’s sole fully professional ballet company ushers in a new season with this showcase of dances celebrating the restlessness and innovation at the heart of American culture. Sat., Sept. 16, 2 and 8pm and Sun., Sept. 17, 2pm, Lobero Theatre, 963‑0761 or lobero.com.
Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company, Siento Santa Barbara’s popular Flamenco Arts Festival opens this year with the stunning Omayra Amaya, grand-niece of flamenco dance legend Carmen Amaya. Hers is a new generation of flamenco — revolutionary in spirit, but still electrifyingly passionate. Sat., Sept 23, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Israel and Pastora Galván, Dos Hermanos Brother and sister Israel and Pastora Galván, who have pursued distinctly separate careers from one another, hail from one of flamenco’s most famous families. Guitarist Alfredo Lagos and company vocalists will join them for this festival finale. Sat., Sept. 30, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Savion Glover Savion Glover is considered by many to be the greatest living tap dancer. Expect to be swept off your feet. Sun., Oct. 1, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Lyon Opera Ballet Under the direction of Yorgos Loukos, France’s best-traveled ballet company has developed a repertory of adventurous neoclassical and postmodern work from the likes of Bill T. Jones, Jirí Kylián, and Philippe Decouflé. Cutting-edge international choreography meets technically unrivaled dancing in this superb company. Tue., Oct. 24, 8pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535 or www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
MOMIX, Lunar Sea Known for surreal works inspired by the human form, MOMIX uses props, mirrors, and special effects to create beautiful and arresting physical imagery. Thu., Nov. 2 and Fri., Nov. 3, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Ballet Folklórico de México Founded more than half a century ago by dancer/choreographer Amalia Hernández, this company is known for its fantastic sets, lavish costumes, and captivating music; 75 performers and musicians will bring their spectacular talents to the Lobero’s intimate stage. Tue., Nov. 7 and Wed., Nov. 8, 8pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-0761 or lobero.com.