Once a month I'll be giving you the low down on all things dance in Salt Lake City. The month of November is jam packed with dance performances to see, but before I go into the details of all that is happening this month, I wanted to say a fond farewell to dance critic Dorothy Stowe. She was the full time Deseret News opera, dance and performing arts critic from 1976-1995 and continued to write reviews for several years after. She also wrote for Opera News and Dance magazine and organized the Temple Square Concert series as well as produced several KBYU radio shows. She was a huge part of the growing Utah Arts Community in its formative years and she will be very missed. Stowe passed away on Oct. 27 at the age of 89.

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November kicks off with the Ballet West Gala Nov. 5. Right after their thrilling performance run of Dracula, Ballet West gears up for their one night only Gala performance that is sure to delight and inspire. The Gala performance starts at 6:30 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre with a decadent dessert reception immediately following. For event ticket holders and patron table holders, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing will follow at the Grand America at 8 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit balletwest.org

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On Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Kingsbury Hall presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Choreographer Desmond Richardson, who was recently featured on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, is bringing his company for a one night only performance. As a bonus this performance is also featured in Studio D's line up, which means there is a free after-party at Market Street Broiler. Studio D is a collaboration between Kingsbury Hall, Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. For more info on Studio D, visit Studiodutah.org. To purchase tickets visit kingsburyhall.org.

Check out the video below for a sneak peak at Complexions Contemporary Ballet. I know I will be there. Will you?

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On Nov. 12, Ring Around The Rose presents Tanner Dance from 11 a.m. to noon at the Rose Wagner. This is a one hour wiggle friendly performance that always sells out, so buy tickets ($5) early. This series is a great way to introduce kids to the arts, particularly modern dance. Purchase tickets through ArtTix at artTix.org or call 801-355-Arts.

Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., Repertory Dance Theatre presents Snapshots, a family-friendly adventure that is a entertaining playful "snapshot" of the neighborhood and features the choreography of Zvi Gotheiner and RDT dancers. This one hour show is a fun, interactive way for kids to see and experience RDT. For more information and to purchase tickets visit rdtutah.org.

And, last but not least, the University of Utah's Performing Dance Company's Fall Concert is wrapping up with final performances on Nov. 3 at 5:30pm and Nov. 4 and 5 at 7:30pm There is also a Modern Dance Graduate Concert on Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 pm. For more information visit dance.utah.edu