Those willing to drive, or take the train, to nearby cities can avail themselves of great dance this fall. Here are some of the best offerings:
*Once again the Kennedy Center has a great lineup of ballet companies scheduled for the '91-'92 season. Ballet West is at the Opera House Oct. 8-13, followed by the Kirov Ballet Oct. 15-17. Pacific Northwest Ballet takes up residence Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, with Dance Theater of Harlem in March 13-29. The Royal Danish Ballet closes the series with performances June 16-21.
*Dance America, the contemporary dance series at the Kennedy Center, opens in January with David Parsons and continues with Paul Taylor in February, Hubbard Street Dance Company in April, Susan Marshall and Bebe Miller in May.
*For the unusual and cutting-edge performances: The Dance Place is featuring, among others, CoDanceCo in October and the Joe Goode Performance Group in November.
*The New York City Ballet opens with a mixed repertoire of dances Nov. 19 at Lincoln Center, followed by performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 4 to Jan. 5. The company's season continues through Feb. 23.
*For avant-garde: The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts Germany's Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal Sept. 28 to Oct. 13. The Joyce Theater presents the American Indian Dance Theatre Sept. 17-29, with Momix scheduled Dec. 17 to Jan. 5.
*The revitalized Pennsylvania Ballet, under the direction of Christopher d'Amboise, opens its season Oct. 9-13 at the Shubert Theater. Philadanco, one of the area's best- loved contemporary dance companies, will perform Sept. 13-14 at the Painted Bride Art Center.