TURNING POINT I like The Nutcracker, but I’m glad the holiday season is over. Don’t get me wrong; the Sugar Plum Fairy—an arduous role that demands an accomplished dancer—always impresses; I’m simply ready for new works, new talent, and new ideas by the start of the new year. Lucky for me, January is full of moving performances.

January 12 and 13: Six choreographers collaborated with six composers—including the teams of Julie Fox-Terrance Karn and Maria Montes de Oca-Reynaldo Ochoa—to create original works for the kickoff of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre in Houston.

January 18 and 19: Local, national, and international dancers and choreographers of ballet, jazz, and other areas of study return to their alma mater for the fifteenth season of the Dallas Dance Gathering at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.

January 25 and 26: Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks hosts a regional competition in Austin for the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet, an international contest for new choreography.

(See Austin:Music/Dance; Dallas:Music/Dance; and Houston:Music/Dance.)