Dance highlights in the Baltimore area:
* The Towson Ensemble Dancers will perform Sept. 28-30 at Towson's Fine Arts Concert Hall. Call 830-2760 for more information.
* The Maryland Ballet begins its fifth season Oct. 5-6 with "Nightmusic." The performances, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will feature the world premiere of "Nightmusic," choreographed by Phillip Carman. The ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker" is scheduled for Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16 at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.
* The Path Dance Company presents the "Out on a Limb" festival, featuring Baltimore and Washington artists, at 8 p.m. Oct 5-7 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Call 243-3477 for details.