Brandywine Ballet is collaborating with Philadelphia dance scene royalty for Beyond the Steps May 3-4. Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Ronen (Roni) Koresh of Koresh Dance Company debuts two groundbreaking new works: the show’s title piece and “Tracks.” The collaboration presents a challenge for the dancers, who perform a repertoire of classical works during the season. “They have learned to be effortless, elegant and light,” says Koresh. “But it’s important to also have an understanding of earthiness and physicality—to get down.” Koresh’s choreography is known for its passion, sensuality, urgency and dynamism, and often touches on war and other provocative themes. Beyond the Steps isn’t quite so heavy—but be prepared for an intense evening nonetheless. And lest the faithful fear a departure from classical programming, Balanchine’s Serenade and world premieres by Nancy Page and Scott Jovovich are also on the bill. Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, West Chester University. Visit brandywineballet.com or call (610) 696-2711. —Becki Davis
Support the Brandywine Conservancy and enjoy a day of steeplechasing, tailgate parties, picnics and carriage rides at the Radnor Hunt Races May 17. Dine, dance and preview the next day’s races at the black-tie Wildflower Ball on May 16. And be sure to get a jump on tickets for the Devon Horse Show May 22-June 1. The 112th annual event showcases the famed Budweiser Clydesdales, adroit vaulters, first-rate dressage and, of course, a range of equestrian classes and disciplines. Junior weekend kicks off the 11-day show, and the adult competition begins May 25. Radnor Hunt Races: Grounds open 10 a.m. $50/car. Ball begins at 7 p.m. $250. 826 Providence Road, Malvern. Visit radnorraces.org or call (610) 647-4233. Devon Horse Show: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $3/kids under 12. Devon Show Grounds, Route 30, Devon. Call (610) 688-2554 for tickets and (610) 964-0550 for information, or visit thedevonhorseshow.com. —Shannon Hallamyer
You know the quip, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” For youngsters from the Main Line and other enclaves of the intelligentsia, the answer is: “By taking lessons at Nelly Berman’s Music School in Haverford.” With its Russian approach to music, this premier teaching institution attracts serious students, who quickly gain mastery of their instruments. The kids practice, practice, practice to win national and international awards. They shine in gigs at the Kimmel Center, on NPR’s From the Top and—where else?—at Carnegie Hall. Nelly Berman School of Music celebrates its 25th anniversary with a student competition sponsored by Golden Key, followed by three concerts featuring the winners. Catch the highest (platinum) achievers at the Kimmel Center on May 17, the gold and silver medalists at Cabrini College on June 1, and silver and bronze champions at Haverford School’s Centennial Hall on June 29. Nelly Berman School of Music, 461 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Call (610) 896-5105 or visit nbsmusic.com. —Judy Finman
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