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Join artistic director Richard Tang Yuk for The Princeton Festival's 2011 season, boasting performances by world-renowned performers in jazz and classical music as well as theatrical exhibitions designed to dazzle eardrums and nourish culture-starved corneas. On June 18, accomplished organist Christopher Young tickles the bellows of the Aeolian-Skinner organ of Princeton University Chapel to the tuneful tones of Camille Saint-Saens Prelude and Fugue in B Major, in addition to ditties penned by William Bolcom, Horatio Parker, and Marcel Dupré, among many others.

91 University Place
Princeton,
NJ
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The Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre produces a bevy of captivating plays each year, often staging incendiary interpretations of traditional works and contemporary classics. This year's production of A Christmas Carol marks the McCarter's 30th incarnation of Dickinson's tale since its introduction to the theatre's season in 1980. The production will be performed in the 75-year-old, recently restored Matthews Theatre auditorium. Director Michael Unger gifts audiences with a heartfelt tale of Ebenezer's redemption guaranteed to cure mild to moderate cases of Scroogedom and Santaclaustrophobia.

91 University Pl
Princeton,
NJ
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• John Pizzarelli with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli on July 25 at 6 p.m. • Mike Marino with special guest Jeff Pirrami on August 1 at 8 p.m. • Kevin Meaney on August 8 at 8 p.m. • Long Live The Beatles starring the Mahoney Brothers on August 15 at 8 p.m. • Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling on August 22 at 8 p.m.

102 Carnegie Ctr
Princeton,
NJ
US

"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.

357 Applegarth Road
Monroe Township,
NJ
US

At VIVA Ballroom Dance Studio beginners with no prior experience can learn the basics while more advanced dancers hone their skills in a variety of dance styles from ballroom to break dancing. A talented team of instructors teaches private and group lessons in ballet, Latin, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and lyrical dance styles. In addition, the studio offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga as an alternative way to achieve cardio fitness.

1891 US Highway 1
Trenton,
NJ
US

Originally from Ukraine and England, dance partners Mechyslav and Gemma were selected to represent the United States at the 2012 WDSF World Championships in Australia. The talented dancers are just two of Joy2Dance's skilled instructors, who teach social and competitive dance in standard and American styles.

Students learn how to sassily swivel their hips during salsa and bachata classes, sweep gracefully across the floor during ballroom classes, and bust a move during hustle and swing classes. Meanwhile, private dance lessons help couples impress the guests at their weddings.

178 US Highway 206
Hillsborough,
NJ
US