Now in its tenth season as Cleveland's National Repertory Dance Company, Verb Ballets promotes public appreciation and passion for contemporary dance with a variety of live performances, educational programs, and community outreach efforts. Led by director Dr. Margaret Carlson, the theme for this season is storytelling, and the three included shows embody the best way to see a yarn gracefully spun from the body besides hiring an arachnid novelist. American Lore explores classic continental legends through dance, from a profile of definitive American composer Aaron Copland and revisitation of Martha Graham's famed "Appalachian Spring" to a world premiere of "Billy the Kid," choreographed by Ginger Thatcher. On February 17, Alternative Moves explores the boundaries of religious fervor with Chung-Fu Chang's mystic tale from Taiwan and Doris Humphrey's "Dance of the Chosen," about the Shakers for whom Shaker Heights is named. Finally, select a date (April 26, 27, or 28) to see Verb Ballets' reimagining of the classic Spanish opera Carmen, recomposed with a focus on drum and strings and emboldened with expressive contemporary dance.