Vampires are all the rage right now. Unfortunately, the quality of these blood-loving biters has strayed from ruthless fiend to sparkling sentimentalist (Thanks a lot, Twilight). North Carolina Dance Theatre has chosen to summon a classic in the vein with performances of Dracula. Mark Godden's gothic ballet uses a mysterious blend of bats, transformations and seductive dance to suck you into an even higher immortal fever. $25-$79. Oct. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14-16, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.