Scorpius Dance Theatre's A Vampire Tale Keeps the Cult in "Cult Classic"

Categories: Dance, Review

Scorpius Dance Theatre
A Vampire Tale kicks off its 11th Season.

This is the story of the time I brought my boyfriend to a dance play about vampires during post-season baseball. More specifically, this is a story about the time I peeled the aforementioned man off the couch and dragged him to Scorpius Dance Theatre's A Vampire Tale during longest playoff game in the history of the world, or something.

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5 Must-See Dance Performances in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Categories: Dance

Nancy Lynn Miller
A Vampire Tale bites.

We've already rounded up our top picks for theater, comedy, visual art, and creative workshops this fall in Phoenix. Now, from ballet and contemporary dance to festivals and reimagined classics, here are this season's must-see dance productions.

A Vampire Tale
Phoenix Theatre
October 2 through October 10

Scorpius Dance Theatre's A Vampire Tale, best described as All Hallows' Eve's answer to The Nutcracker, is back for its 11th season. And there's one major reason we're excited for this year's edition of Lisa Starry's contemporary dance production.

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Breaking Ground Festival 2015 Seeks Dancers, Choreographers

Andrew Pielage
A scene from the 2014 Breaking Ground Festival.
If you've been looking for an opportunity to show off your new dance moves, this might just be your chance.

The eighth annual Breaking Ground Festival is set to take place Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at Tempe Center for the Arts. Though the show is still quite a few months away, program coordinators are already looking for local artist to contribute new and existing works.

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So You Think You Can Dance Tour to Come to Phoenix on January 25

So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
Ricky Ubeda (pictured) will perform alongside nine other finalists at Comerica Theatre on January 25.
Put on your dancing shoes, Phoenix.

The Emmy Award-winning Fox show So You Think You Can Dance is following up its 11th season with a North American tour. The So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 will visit more than 70 cities across the United States, kicking off Wednesday, October 1, at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans and ultimately making its way to Phoenix's Comerica Theatre on Sunday, January 25.

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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias on B-Boy Culture's Positive Impact Worldwide

Categories: Dance, Interviews

Red Bull
Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias in Singapore in 2013.
Omar Delgado Macias' career as a b-boy dancer has taken him a few place. As a matter of fact, the performer known as "RoxRite" has battled and busted out his slick moves and fancy footwork on six different continents and in dozens of cities around the globe, such as Tokyo, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Sydney.

And in many of those locations, the world-renowned b-boy has beaten the best of the best to claim first place victories, which is something he's become famous for over most of the last two decades. As of this writing, Macias has notched at total of 85 tournament wins during his 19-year career -- including winning the prestigious Red Bull BC One world championships in 2011 -- and he's made it a major goal to eventually hit 100.

In the meantime, however, Macias is busy spreading knowledge and awareness of b-boy culture around the world and getting others involved in the art form. And he'll be doing just that this weekend in Phoenix.

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Phoenix Suns Dancers to Hold Classes and Auditions for 2014-15 Season

Jim Louvau
A scene from the 2013 Suns Dancers auditions.
Time to shake what your mama gave you.

The Phoenix Suns Dancers are hosting an open auditions on Saturday, August 9, for the 2014-15 season. Leading up to the auditions, the Suns Dancers will host a series of optional but highly recommended prep classes to teach interested performers a variety of dance routines for the big day.

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Innovations Showcases New Choreography by Ballet Arizona Company Members

Categories: Dance

Photo by Ib Andersen
Nayon Iovino's Interlayers is about the freedom of the mind
All dancers are creative, but Ballet Arizona's most recent performance gives a few of its members the chance to be creators as well. Innovations is a showcase of new choreography by Tzu-Chia Huang, Nayon Iovino, Myles Lavallee and Astrit Zejnati.

"All four of these artists have a passion that we have seen come through in their extraordinary performances on stage in such ballets as Cinderella, La Bayadère and the many other works we present each season," says Ballet Arizona director Ib Andersen in a press release.

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Movement Source Dance Company to Present Serendipity at Tempe Center for the Arts

Categories: Dance, Events

Courtesy of Movement Source Dance Company
Movement Source Dance Company is closing out their season this weekend with a multimedia performance at Tempe Center for the Arts. Serendipity will feature violin accompaniment from Tobie Milford and a theatrical performance from Johnny Hotshot along with exciting new dance works from the the company.

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Ballet Arizona's All Balanchine Showcases Ballet's Expansiveness

Categories: Dance, Review

Episodes Choreography ©The George Balanchine Trust. ©Rosalie O'Connor Photography.
Kenna Draxton and Joseph Cavanaugh were entrancing in Episodes
I honestly can't decide whether Ballet Arizona's annual homage to legendary choreographer George Balanchine is best suited to ballet experts or complete novices. Saturday night's performance of All Balanchine at Symphony Hall had something for everyone, with three ballets that truly showcased three distinct types of choreography from Balanchine's hundreds of well-loved works.

We're spoiled here in Phoenix in this regard. Although Balanchine's choreography laid the foundations of modern ballet, his work isn't allowed to be performed by just anyone.

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Arizona Pro Arte Debuts Dance Ensemble at Tempe Center for the Arts

Categories: Dance

Courtesy of Arizona Pro Arte
Arizona Pro Arte Dance Ensemble will be performing choreography by Brad Speck
The classical music ensemble Arizona Pro Arte (APA) is finishing up its 2013-14 season with a bang. APA will debut two new pieces of music, which will be accompanied by the new Arizona Pro Arte Dance Ensemble, in Apotheosis of the Dance on Thursday, April 10, at Tempe Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 along with two works by contemporary composers Aharon Harlap and Michael-Thomas Foumai. Harlap's Sinfonia Breve and Foumai's The Divine Comedy were selected for this season finale from nearly 500 works submitted to the APA's second international "Call for Scores" competition.

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