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

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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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ASU Graduate Dance Students to Present Haunting, High-Energy Choreography in Tempe

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Hayley Brunetto
Grad school dancers will perform original works.

The curtains open tonight for the Dance Graduate Choreographic Presentations, a series of performances by groups of graduate dancers from ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The performances showcase everything from modern dance and pointe to a little dance theater, and, based on what we saw during a rehearsal session, the students pack enough honesty and energy into every move to make you feel like you're the only other person in the room.

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Japanese Performance Duo Eiko & Koma Bring Desert Sightings to ASU's Deer Valley Rock Art Center

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Anna Lee Campbell
Eiko & Koma will perform at ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center.
When we heard that Performance in the Borderlands was teaming up with ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center once again, with the added collaboration of ASU's Gammage's BEYOND series, we knew there was cause for celebration.

In an event scheduled for the end of this month, Japanese performance artists Eiko & Koma "will create an interactive outdoor experience for audiences, using their unique and riveting choreography of stillness to explore the poetic dimensions of the desert," according to a press release. Desert Sightings is being performed one day only, but the event is free to the public.


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Mimulus Dance Company's Dolores Is Entrancing, Light on Almodóvar in Scottsdale

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Photo by Guto Muniz
A sensuous scene from Dolores
Jomar Mesquita's Dolores begins with a lone woman, arms outstretched and eyes closed, spinning in circles around the stage. Her full red skirt billows out around her thighs as the dulcet tones of "Cucurrucucu Paloma" gently waft over the audience.

I was pretty much sold from the start.

The Brazilian-based Mimulus Dance Company presented the piece on Tuesday, March 4, as part of the Discovery Series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and I still can't get the performance out of my head.


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Ballet Arizona's Raychel Diane Weiner Cast in Starz Dance Drama Flesh and Bone

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Allison Tyler Jones
Ballet Arizona dancer Raychel Diane Weiner has been with the company since 2012.
Big things are afoot for Raychel Diane Weiner.

The Ballet Arizona company dancer was recently cast in Flesh and Bone, an upcoming Starz dance drama created, written, and produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, who produced and wrote for Breaking Bad. Not much has been revealed about the show -- except that it'll be dark and gritty. And based on its creator's recent work, "gritty" could very much be an understatement.

Weiner recently talked with Jackalope Ranch about the show, which is set to première in 2015, her last dance with Ballet Arizona, and the one time she was on All That.


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Breaking Ground 2014 in Tempe Showcased Diverse New Choreography, Fell Short on Film

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Andrew Pielage
Chad Michael Hall's subSTRATA

CONDER/dance's Breaking Ground took over the Tempe Center for the Arts for two nights this past weekend in hopes of highlighting choreographers and videographers on the cutting edge of the contemporary dance scene.

If diversity was the end goal, the show was a raging success.

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Breaking Ground 2014 to Push Contemporary Dance Boundaries in Tempe

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A still from one of the dance films that will be featured at the festival MOMENTUM.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance and Film Festival seems poised to be better than ever. The two-night event will bring 17 established and emerging artists from all over the country and the world to Tempe Center for the Arts for an event that will include dance, dance films, site-specific works, and more.


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Scorpius Dance Theatre Opens Aerial Arts Studio Saturday

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Scorpius Dance Theatre will host a sneak preview open house for their brand new aerial arts studio this Saturday.
After hosting monthly aerial arts workshops for about the past year, Scorpius Dance Theatre found a permanent location to offer regular aerial arts classes in the Valley. This Saturday, January 18, from noon to 4 p.m. they'll unveil the new space during an open house event. Attendees will be able to tour the space, enjoy light refreshments, meet aerial trainer, Gavin Sisson, and watch demonstrations by the Scorpius aerial team.


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Elvesque! Burlesque to Celebrate Elvis Presley's Birthday at Monarch Theatre in Phoenix

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Kitty Victorian will headline the Elvesque! Burlesque event this Saturday.
Elvis Presley is the king rock n' roll, but he's also the man who started the country on a hip-shaking, pelvis-gyrating kick that doesn't seem to have lost any steam since he first went on national television with his controversial moves in 1956.

Which is why it makes sense to celebrate Presley's birthday (January 8, 1935) with some hip-shaking and sexy dancing of a different kind. Elvesque! Burlesque 2014 will bring performers from all over the state to the Monarch Theatre in downtown Phoenix Saturday, January 11, for a celebration of the King with dance, music, and -- of course -- an Elvis look-alike contest.


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Ballet Arizona Offers Free Dance Classes January 12

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Courtesy of Ballet Arizona
On Sunday, the company will open its new studios for a day of free clases and tours.
If you're looking for fun ways to get moving in the New Year, you'll have a chance to test run your dancing shoes this weekend when Ballet Arizona opens the doors to its state-of-the-art studios for a day of free classes.

On Sunday, January 12, the professional dance company will host a New Year Open House with classes in ballet, jazz, ballroom, tango, flamenco, yoga, and Zumba scheduled throughout the afternoon for children, teens, and adults.


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