Ambitious dancing for a cause

If you’re into athletic, “artistically bold” dance, but don’t often have the cashflow to attend performances, next weekend is your chance to see the new full-length program by Daniel Wilkins’ DASSdance. But if you do have some change to spare, tonight’s premiere of Poor Man’s Boogie will benefit (via 60% of sales) Real Change, our local homeless/not-homeless newspaper and a dependably good read. Dancer and choreographer Wilkins deals with poverty through dancers enacting extreme situations that come from “a relentless cycle of hunger, powerlessness, and violence.” It’s his sixth work for the emerging company, which looks to be quite an exciting one. So whether you come tonight for the gala (with alcohol and nibbles, for $30) or next weekend, it could be well worth your time. And since there’s a “suggested donation” of $25 for the free performances, your pocket change. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $30. 8 p.m. Also Sat., Feb. 2 and Fri.-Sat. Feb. 8-9. RACHEL SHIMP

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 1. Continues through Feb. 9, 2008