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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Categories: Dance, Events

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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

Categories: Dance, Events

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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

Categories: Dance, Review

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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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