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I’m driving north through Berkshire County, Massachusetts, returning as a guest lecturer to Williams College, my alma mater, just shy of the Vermont state line. It’s two days after a deep snowfall and the broad-shouldered, smoothly curving highway is nearly empty of traffic. But the rearview mirror of my mind is all swirling stage lights and marijuana smoke, twinkling fireflies and thundering bass lines.

The colonial towns along Route 7 in western Massachusetts are quintessential New England any time of year. Summer festivals bring out cultural crowds, while late September swarms with leaf-peepers. Here’s a guide to this American classic, no matter when you visit.

We all know the Big Apple is the dance capital of the U.S., if not the world. With unparalleled ballet companies like the American Ballet Theatre, contemporary legends like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and that little place called Broadway, world class dancers and choreographers flock to Manhattan – and bring audiences with them.…