ADF Participants 2016

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AZ DANCE FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS & LINE-UP (Alphabetical Order):

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH

CGCC AZprojectDANCE (Chandler, AZ) – Chandler Gilbert Community College Dance

Crossroads Performance Group (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Music and Dance Collaboration

Dance Fusion (Scottsdale, AZ) – Tap Fusion

Desert Dance Theatre (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Dance Theatre

GCC Verve Dance Company (Glendale, AZ) – Glendale Community College Dance

Kaleidoscape Dance (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

MAC & Company (Scottsdale, AZ) – Modern Dance

SCC Instinct Dancecorps (Scottsdale, AZ) – Scottsdale Community College Dance

Step’s Junk Funk (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Movement and Percussion

Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre (Chandler, AZ) – Pre-professional Ballet

Tu-Tu Dance (Litchfield Park, AZ) – Modern Dance

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Arathi School of Dance (Phoenix, AZ) – Bharathanatyam – Indian Classical

ASTARTE Belly Dance Troupe (Gilbert, AZ) – Middle Eastern / Egyptian Cabaret

Ballet Etudes (Gilbert, AZ) – Pre-professional Ballet

Chaos Theory Dance (Tucson, AZ) – Comedic Movement Theater

Convergence Ballet Company (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Ballet

Desert Dance Theatre (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Dance Theatre

Grand Canyon Salsa Festival (Flagstaff, AZ) – Latin Dance

Movement Source Dance Company (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

Nritya Shaily School of Kathak (Glendale, AZ)  Kathak – Indian Classical

Rosenkrans Dans (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy (Chandler, AZ) – Bharathanatyam – Indian Classical

Step’s Junk Funk (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Movement and Percussion

SVGdance (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company (Chandler, AZ) – Flamenco Dance

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ADF Participants 2016 (Alphabetical Order) – Contact, Bios, Program Info

 

Arathi School of Dance (Phoenix, AZ) – Bharathanatyam – Indian Classical

divya-mohanrajarathi-school-of-dance1Contact: Kalashri Asha Gopal, Founder & Director

Phone: 480-231-3163

Email: arathischool@gmail.com

Website: http://arathischoolaz.org

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/arathischoolphoenix/

Arathi School of Dance was established in 1981, and reached a milestone of graduating the 100th student in its 25th anniversary year. And, in its 35th year now, Divya Mohanraj is the 200th graduating student! The school feels especially gratified that these, and great many other students, have bonded with our culture, and acquired the fortitude to pass it on to the next generation!

Kalashri Asha Gopal is the founder/director of the Arathi School of Dance. She had her dance training under eminent teachers of the times: Guru Muthiah Pillai, Guru Kittappa Pillai and Professor U.S. Krishna Rao. She has performed widely in India, USA and other countries, and received many prestigious awards. To name a few: ‘Singar Mani’ title from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai (1969), NRI Excellence award in London, England (1993), Karnataka Kalashri award from Sangeet Natak Academy (1999), and Citizen of the Year award from the Asian American Association of Arizona (2000).

Asha Gopal has won recognition in India, with heart-warming felicitations, from Sri Ragam Fine Arts Society (Balasaraswati dance award in New Delhi, 2005), Sri Raja Rajeshwari Kalaniketan, Bengaluru (Natya Saraswati award, 2008), 25-year Vasundharotsava, Mysore (2010), Drishti Art Foundation, Bengaluru (Drishti Nrityakala Puraskara, 2011), Sangeetha Sambrama, Bengaluru (Nirantharam Festival, 2012), and Shivapriya School of Dance, Bengaluru (2014).

Arathi School of Dance Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: Kanagha Sabha Nayaga

Choreographer: Asha Gopal

Music/Composer: Venkata Kavi

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designer: Arathi School of Dance

Performer: Divya Mohanraj

Description: This dance is in praise of Lord Shiva as kanaka sabhA nayakA’ (the Lord of the Golden Arena)  one of the five Shiva temples referred  to as the five sabhas where Shiva is said to have danced to please various devotees. Shiva who is the consort of Parvati is praised by Narada and 300 devotees  as Chandeesan and Nandi keep beat to the cries of “Sankara Sambo.” The poet Venkata Kavi addresses Shiva as the embodiment of knowledge and he also places Shiva at the center of the web of music and then emphatically states that the five syllables (om namachivaya) are sweet on the tongue. Everything about Shiva is five. He has five faces. His name consists of five syllables; He danced at five places (sabhas) representing the five elements. The cosmic dance represents five attributes in the circle of life. In Chidambaram, five silver-plated steps lead to the shrine (and they represent the five letters of Namasivaya.

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ASTARTE Belly Dance Troupe (Gilbert, AZ) – Middle Eastern / Egyptian Cabaret

astarte0715Contact: Gazelle Robertson, Director

Phone: 480-990-7278

Email: astartebellydancetroupe@gmail.com

Website: www.astartebellydance.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astartebellydancetroupe/

Astarte Belly Dance Troupe is a Cabaret Style of Belly Dance Professionals who perform at restaurants, Concerts, Cultural and Special Events and Parties.

A variety of cultural influences have helped Gazelle develop her unique Universal Cabaret Style of dance. Gazelle’s experience includes performances in Middle Eastern and Greek Restaurants as well as parties, and cultural events. Her inspiration and studies include the most famous dancers from around the world; Ibrahim Farrah, Delilah, Mesmera, Achmed Housein, Susanna Del Vecchio, Fahteim, Amaya, Sahra, Mahmoud Reda, Horacio, to name a few. She has trained in Egypt and is a Certified Egyptian Belly Dance Instructor.

Teaching dance since 1991, she focuses on technique as well as the use of energy in her classes to help each student reach their full potential. Benefits that develop from these classes are strength, balance, flexibility, increased stamina, poise, and sensuality. Gazelle’s classes include Sword, Veil Work, Zills, and Costuming.

Astarte is a Professional Dance Troupe created and is directed by Gazelle. The members of the group have been selected from the dance classes she teaches, as well as a collaboration of professional dancers. The group performs at Restaurants, Cultural Events, Conventions, and Parties.

Gazelle is also a professional Costume Designer.  Her past experience as the designer for the ASU Dance Department and for Professional Dance and Theater companies led her to opening her own business “Cloud Creations.”  Gazelle’s dance studio and costume shop in Scottsdale is where she teaches belly dance, designs custom costumes, and has created a unique costume rental business called “Fly By Night Costumes.”

ASTARTE Belly Dance Troupe Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: Heart Beat of Egyptian Drums

Choreographers: Gazelle Robertson and Sihaya Florman

Music/Composer: “Naga” Tribal Dub Remix by Makyo and Solace, “Egyptian Drummer” by Rasa Exotica ll, RLP

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designer: Gazelle Robertson

Performers: Gazelle Robertson, Sihaya Florman, Iman, Rebby, Leila Coleman, Cheraye, Alicia, Zahara

Anubis: Jermane Cheathem

Hathor: Robbie Arnold

Description: Astarte Belly Dance presents an appreciation of the heartbeat of the Egyptian Drum through the sensuous use of light and veils, ending with a dynamic drum solo.

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Ballet Etudes (Gilbert, AZ) – Pre-professional Ballet

BALLETETUDES-Genesis0115_6685 CrpdContact: Sharon Meko, Artistic Director

Amy Wudel, Choreographer

Phone: 480-862-3956

Email: wudelfamily@hotmail.com

Website: balletetudes.net

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Ballet Etudes was created by Sharon Seder Meko in 1986 to fulfill the artistic needs of serious young dancers who desire performing opportunities of the highest caliber. Ballet Etudes performances include The Nutcracker November 25- December 4, 2016 Chandler Center for the Arts, and December 9-11, 2016 at the Mesa Arts Center. As well as Beauty and the Beast April 29-30, 2017 Chandler Center for the Arts.

Ballet Etudes Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: A Linear Development

Choreographer: Amy Wudel

Music/Composer: Ludovico Einaudi

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Alexandria Heath, Bridget Morgan, Kelsey Scalzo

Description: A linear development is a path not realized until a departure from the usual pattern is taken. This dance explores a first departure in that development.

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CGCC AZprojectDANCE (Chandler, AZ) – Chandler Gilbert Community College Dance

cgcc-sourceContact: Cheri Burns McDowell, Director of Dance

Phone: 480-731-7136

Email: cheri.mcdowell@cgc.edu

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AZprojectDANCE is a vibrant collective of dance artists from the Southeast Valley who have found their niche at Chandler Gilbert Community College. The mission of AZprojectDANCE is to provide an outlet for dance artists from the community at large as well as CGCC. This diverse group of performers range from dance majors to professionals to business executives with an innate passion for the art of dance. The group’s diverse range enriches and informs their creative experience. CGCC faculty members believe in the transformative power of dance and welcome all ages, levels, and backgrounds to explore their artistic possibilities at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

CGCC AZprojectDANCE Performs: Friday, October 7 

Title: Waiting to Inhale

Choreographer: Rayn Hookla

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Tom Fitzwater

Costume Designer: Rayn Hookla and Patti Dugger

Performers: Anna Kristen Ganey, Sandra Hermann, Laura Kalko, Samantha McNeilly, Kayla Richardson, Amy Symonds, Lynette Zarifian

Description: This unique work is a satirical look inside the world of the ‘uber cool’ artistic elite. Inspired by the impossibly hip artist of the Seattle area, this piece will possibly leave you confused and definitely amused.

CGCC AZprojectDANCE Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: The Source

Choreographer: Janelle Paris

Music/Composer: Champagner 1-3 by AGF and Ellen Allen

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Tom Fitzwater

Costume Designer: Janelle Paris

Performer: Amy Symonds

Description: “The Source” is a powerful contemporary pointe solo that explores the relationship between a being and the light emitted from several zones. The being seems to draw a strange and foreign energy from the beams of light.

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Chaos Theory Dance (Tucson, AZ) – Comedic Movement Theater

spacecowboycactusContact: Billbob Brown

Phone: 413-265-4975     Email: chaostheorydance@icloud.com

Website: chaostheorydance.net

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Billbob Brown, newly returned to Arizona after many years, was most recently the Chair of the School of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. Prior to that he was the director of the Dance Program at UMass Amherst, part of the Five College Dance Department. Co-founder and artistic director of Desert Dance Theatre in the 1980s, he has performed across the globe, including tours in Japan, Thailand, Great Britain, and Mexico; created shows for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and choreographed and performed in TV work and commercials for the Chicago Cubs, Molson Canadian Beer, Disney Studios, and ABC-TV, which have received numerous awards. He has toured internationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, and was director of Buen Viaje Dancers, a group of people with disabilities. His Emmy-award winning video, “Opening Doors,” with Buen Viaje, has been seen on PBS stations across the country. He has been creating dances via Chaos Theory Dance, a “quick-come-pick-me-up” company, since 2001.

Chaos Theory Dance Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: Space Cowboy II: Trans Action Hero

Choreography and Script: Billbob Brown

Music/Composer: Music Score edited by Billbob Brown

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performer: Billbob Brown

Description: In a sequel to his extremely funny “Space Cowboy,” Brown returns as “Billybob Beujoix,” skewering the current political scene with good-natured southwestern humor and a whole lot of popular song songs.

ADF Class Offerings: Billbob Brown will be teaching FREE CLASSES (donations accepted) on Oct 3 (6pm-7pm) Contemporary Dance Technique at Dance Theater West; Oct 5 (6pm-7pm) Partnering and Contact at Dance Theater West

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Convergence Ballet Company (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Ballet

13987491_10210580229528250_6116562498284575363_oContact: Jennifer Cafarella, Director

Phone: 480-779-7222

Email: jennifer@convergenceballet.org

Website: www.convergenceballet.org

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CBC is a non-profit summer season ballet company serving the arts community in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Our mission is to celebrate the union of mind, body, emotion and talent. We inspire through the beauty of movement and music.

Convergence Ballet Company Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: Flirt

Choreographer: Kevin Jenkins

Music/Composer: Sextet for Two Violins and Two Horns by Beethoven

Lighting Designer: Bret Reese

Performers: Samantha Kelly and Daniel Marshalsay

Description: Highlighting the musicality of Beethoven, this duet mixes comedy with romance in a tale of teasing, love and eccentric fun.

ADF Class Offerings: Two classes for $5 (with Voucher) will be offered at Ballet Theatre of Phoenix on Oct 4 (10am-11:30am) Adult Ballet by Iler Shtylla; Oct 6 (10am-11:30am) Contemporary Dance by Joan Rodriguez

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Crossroads Performance Group (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Music and Dance

Contact: Lisa R. Chow, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director

Phone: 602-740-9616     Email: crossroadsduo@yahoo.com

Crossroads Performance Group is an interdisciplinary – music and dance duet company that creates performances with an intimate, entertaining and artistic atmosphere. The collaborating duo, Step Raptis and Lisa Chow, have performed  together since 1989.  They explore the merging of movement, sound and drama to create new forms of performance art in its purest form. They strive to capture the imagination and intrigue the senses.

Crossroads Performance Group embraces many styles of music and dance (contemporary/modern, classical, jazz, pop, ethnic, ballroom and improvisation). They sometimes utilize other art forms such as video/film, theatre and/or visual arts.

Crossroads Performance Group’s repertory combines movement with a variety of musical accompaniment, such as percussion, vocals, piano (acoustic or electric) and/or synthesized sequenced sounds. In many of our full-length concerts, guest dancers and musicians may be used. Often a six-piece music ensemble, MIXIT (World Beat Music), also founded by Raptis and Chow, perform as a featured group as well as members of Desert Dance Theatre.

Crossroads Performance Group was on the roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the Interdisciplinary category; and as a member of the Tempe Arts Coalition – Touring Artists, participated as a member of the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators and was a member of the Arizona Dance Arts Alliance.

Crossroads Performance Group is interested in touring and providing community residencies which may include – master classes, lecture demonstrations, concerts and specials projects.

Crossroads Performance Group: Friday, October 7

Title: What’s Next? (Premiere)

Choreographers: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis

Music/Composer: Step Raptis and Lisa R. Chow

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costumer Designers: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis

Performers: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis

Description: The years go by… and we wonder…What’s next?

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Dance Fusion/Tap Fusion (Scottsdale, AZ) – Tap Fusion

Contact: Linda Simon, Co-Owner with Robert Mace

Phone: 480-625-3900

Email: linda@dancefusionaz.com or leahbloom2@aol.com

Website: www.dancefusionaz.com

Dance Fusion is a boutique dance, fitness and yoga studio for adults of all levels. Our highly experienced teachers promote creative expression in a safe, fun, non-judgmental community environment. Classes are designed to promote health, wellness, strength, flexibility, balance, movement and youthfulness. Dance Fusion is located in the Scottsdale Airpark at 7601 E Gray Rd, Suite B, Scottsdale 85260. Take the plunge, come play with us……

MJ (Mary Jo) was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She began dancing at the age of five and studied tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. When she was 17, MJ was asked to teach her first dance class as a substitute, and a passion for choreography was born. Over the next few years, she taught classes and choreographed several award-winning routines. MJ moved to New York City to study at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway with notable teachers Joe Lantieri, Mia Michaels, and Leslie Brown. She attends numerous dance seminars, competitions and master classes to keep her ideas fresh. MJ’s performance credits include “The Wiz,” touring as a back-up dancer for a local recording artist; and many performances at charity events, parades, and grand openings. She has also recently danced in the half-time show at the Phoenix Suns 2014 home opener. Many of MJ’s students have performed on Broadway, in Las Vegas, on cruise ships, and with dance companies; several have become dance studio owners and instructors. Since moving to Arizona in 2012 to be with the love of her life (Perry!), MJ has become a well-respected, in-demand instructor throughout the Valley and is excited to share her knowledge and passion with her new dance family. MJ is also the Creative Director of Tap Fusion, Arizona’s premier, all-adult tap dance performance troupe.

Dance Fusion/Tap Fusion Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson Tribute

Choreographer: Mary Jo Leatherbarrow

Music/Composer: Michael Jackson

Lighting Designers: Mary Jo Leatherbarrow and Linda Simon

Costume Designer: Mary Jo Leatherbarrow

Performers: Mary Jo Leatherbarrow, Janice Redeman, Rae Love, Lori Rush, Linda Simon, Melissa Torrealday

Description: Tap Fusion is honored to present a tribute to the artistry of Michael Jackson. Blending the theatrical presentation of Smooth Criminal with a rhythmic Mix, the “voices” of Tap Fusion, the Valley’s premier adult tap troupe, bring on a powerfully bold performance to honor the brilliance of this extraordinary man.

ADF Class Offerings: Two FREE CLASSES will be offered by MJ Leatherbarrow at Dance Fusion on Oct 4 (10:00am-11:00am) Intermediate Adult Tap; Oct 4 (6:00pm-7:00pm) Beginning/Intermediate Adult Tap

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Desert Dance Theatre (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Dance Theatre

6O1G5876Contact: Lisa R. Chow, Artistic Director

Phone: 480-962-4584

Email: lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org

Website: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

Facebook: facebook.com/DesertDanceTheatreAZ

Twitter: twitter.com/DesertDanceAZ

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company that was founded in 1979. The company has an eclectic variety of dances in the current repertory, which range from classical, comical, abstract and theatrical. The company is comprised of experienced performers, choreographers and enthusiastic educators who strive to bring the openness, spontaneity and diversity of dance to the public. The company offers a variety of quality programs to schools and communities that are inspiring, entertaining and educational, including: master classes, lecture demonstrations and performances. Desert Dance Theatre also specializes in theme-related programs that focus on cultural diversity and about the lives of prominent people who have fought for freedom in America through the form of music, dance, dramas. We have completed a trilogy of civil rights productions, “Free At Last,” “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” and “Judgments.” The company has also collaborated with String Sounds (string quartet), touring and performing over thousands of children’s performances in elementary schools since 1985. Through its Guest Choreographer Series, the company also performs commissioned works by choreographers of national and international acclaim. The new works continue to enhance the diversity of the current repertory.

Desert Dance Theatre is now in its 37th season and is looking forward to many more years of creating new dance works, providing outreach programs, and offering residencies to schools and communities throughout the southwest and beyond. The 2016-17 season marks our 25th Anniversary for “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman.” We are looking for major sponsors to tour this production.

Desert Dance Theatre Performs: Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

Title: Marco’s Swing (Premiere)

Choreographers: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis

Music/Composer: Step Raptis

Musicians (Live): Step Raptis (Keyboards) and Marco Spezza (Drums)

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designer: Lisa R. Chow

Performers: Carrie Avalos, Malikah Fernandez, Caroline Liddicoat, Alexander Patrick

Description: “Marco’s Swing” has been brewing for many years as a playful musical exploration based on triplets. Marco plays the drums with his special feel. The music has developed and the dance was choreographed to the complexity of the music. The various mood changes within the music are also reflected in the dance.

Desert Dance Theatre Performs: Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8 

Title: El Muro Hermoso (Premiere)

Choreography and Script: Billbob Brown

Music/Composer: “Hellhound” by Meia Beiser/David T. Little

Set/Video Designer: Billbob Brown

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Billbob Brown and Malikah Fernandez

Description: In “El Muro Hermoso (The Beautiful Wall),” Brown takes images, photographs, maps, and movements from the lived experience of the contentious issue of the U.S./Mexico border, transforming it to an art work in which viewers and dancers find themselves on neither, and both sides of the matter.

ADF Class Offerings: Lisa R. Chow will be offering a FREE CLASS on Oct 2 (9:00am-10:00am) Classic Modern Dance Technique at Dance Theater West; and ADF Warm-up on Oct 8 (6:00pm-6:45pm) at Tempe Center for the Arts (on stage)

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GCC Verve Dance Company (Glendale, AZ) – Glendale Community College Dance

GCCVERVE-ADF1014_3189Contact: Rebecca Rabideau, Dance Director

Phone: 623-845- 4905

Email: rebecca.rabideau@gccaz.edu

Website: www.gccaz.edu/performingarts

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Founded in 1989, VERVE Dance Company, the GCC resident dance company, is recognized as one of the strongest performance groups in the state of Arizona. VERVE Dance Co. presents two full-scale dance concerts yearly at Glendale Community College, while performing as guest artists in multiple venues across the state. Members of VERVE Dance Co. have the opportunity to work with local dance companies, train with internationally and nationally renowned guest teachers and choreographers, and mount their own choreographic works on the VERVE dancers. Past VERVE Dance Co. members have gone on to dance professionally with local and national dance companies, transfer to four-year dance programs, and work as professional dance educators and choreographers. Membership in VERVE Dance Co. is by audition only.

GCC Verve Dance Company Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: House Party

Choreographer: Jojo Diggs

Music/Composer: Janet Jackson “Alright” Mix by Jojo Diggs

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Marilyn Castaneda, Rocio Garcia, Nicole Harris, Stephanie Haskins, Selena Martinez, Jessie Mitchel, Ivanna Miranda, Carla Ramirez, Leah Roberts, Jourdan Shiffer, Megan Wampler, Emily Ward

Description: Set in a 1990’s House Party, this piece showcases the individuality of the dancers as they portray a sense of fun and femininity through the use of House, HipHop, Whacking, and Locking.

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Grand Canyon Salsa Festival (Flagstaff, AZ) – Latin Dance

gcsf-fldc-teamContact: Kati Pantsosnik, Team Manager

Phone: 928-814-2650

Contact: Joe Bullis, Team Director

Phone: 928-310-2333

Email: grandcanyonsalsafestival@gmail.com or latindancecollective@gmail.com

Website: www.grandcanyonsalsafestival.org or www.latindancecollective.org

The Flagstaff Latin Dance Collective was founded in 2013, and has been providing quality dance lessons in Flagstaff community ever since. Kati and Joe have been dancing together as partners for over 5 years. Lead Instructors of the Flagstaff Latin Dance Collective and directors of the Grand Canyon Salsa Festival, together Kati and Joe have over 10 years dance experience in Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba & Cha Cha. Placing emphasis on fundamentals and perfection of basic steps, Kati and Joe teach concepts of dance that allow dancers regardless of skill level to grasp new moves, find freedom of expression, develop musically, and strengthen social dancing skills.

Born in Estonia, Kati has been dancing Latin styles for over 9 years, having studied at dance congresses in Europe and the US, she has been a continual driving force and organizer of the Latin dance events in Flagstaff, AZ. Teaching and spreading her love for Zouk Lambada has become her latest passion.

Born in the Philippines, Joe began break dancing at age 11, and has danced with multiple teams and sponsorships, after joining the Army he grew a love of Latin dancing while recovering from injuries.  Dedicated to accuracy, his instruction is always clear and concise.

Combined with Kati’s constant energy and Joe’s fun sense of humor each class is challenging but focused towards personal improvement, and not meeting a standard. We hope to hear from you, so come join our dance family.

Grand Canyon Salsa Festival Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: All we Do

Choreographer: Joe Bullis

Music/Composer: OW (schoolboy remix)

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Sophia Augeri, Joe Bullis, Yeximar Clark, April Knapp, Jennifer Lee, Josh Lynch-Ramirez, Derek Turner, Jonathan Reagan VanEn

Description: A demonstration of the fluid and simple nature of social Zouk dancing.  Zouk is an evolution of Lambada developed in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, now spreading across the world. Utilizing fundamental moves of MZouk Flow, this piece was choreographed with all aspects reflecting social dance. Each move can be replicated on any social floor around the world.

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Kaleidoscape Dance (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

amber-tutuContact: Amber J. Robins

Phone: 602-505-1913     Email: amber@absolute-artistry.com

Website: http://www.kaleidoscapedance.com

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Kaleidoscape Dance was founded by Amber Robins and Alan Khoutakoun, two friends who love to teach and share their passion for dance, and was derived from three words, Kal, Eidos, and Escape. When combined, it refers to a vast beautiful form of escape!

Kaleidoscape Dance has been privileged to find performing opportunities within the Southwest including the 2013 and 2014 Dance in the Desert Dance Festivals in Las Vegas, A Haunting We Will Go by Center with Center Dance Ensemble, Expresiones Seis and 888 with Dulce Dance Company, the 2013 Arizona’s Got Dance! with Dance and Health Together (DAHT), and the 2014 Mix/Match Dance Festival in Santa Monica.

Amber is excited to be in her 15th season with Center Dance Ensemble. After receiving her BA in dance from Arizona State University she went on to perform with Ballet South in Savannah, GA, where she danced both with the corps de ballet and solo roles. Soon after returning to Arizona she danced with local modern companies and traveled with a touring dance group to Las Vegas. Currently Amber is a full-time company member of CDE, company teacher and performing in CDE’s school touring shows The ABC’s of Dance and Poetry ’n Motion.  She also is the co-owner of Kaleidoscape Dance and teaches dance and fitness classes.

Kaleidoscape Dance Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: The Not So In Between

Choreographer: Amber J. Robins

Music/Composer: Ingrid Michaelson

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designer: Amber J. Robins

Performers: Erica Lizotte, Lisa Gray-Young, Amber J. Robins

Description: This is a dance about spending your life with the one you love.

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MAC & Company (Scottsdale, AZ) – Modern Dance

mac_1Contact: Micaela Church, Artistic Director

Email: info@macdance.org

Website: http://macdance.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mac_and_company/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MChurchDance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macdancecompanyphoenix

MAC & Company was founded from a shared passion for dance education and performance between Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo in 2014. While being full time dance educators, Church and Khoo continue to be committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. Being both dancers and musicians, they have a particular interest in exploring the different processes that have been utilized in the integration between dance and music. With the common goal of presenting innovative work and nurturing professional growth in the field of dance and music, Church and Khoo hope to provide a platform for fellow dancers who share their passion.

MAC & Company Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: xity:scape

Choreographer: Micaela Church

Music/Composer: Forget Me Nots & 6:00 by DarkSunn

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Rachael Adams, Micaela Church, Brandon Farrer, Tawny Hyster, Li Pei Khoo, Mary Schmitz

Description: ”xity:scape” is an abstract interpretation of people going about their lives in the city and the interactions they have with others they come in contact with.

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Movement Source Dance Company (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

Dance-58Contact: Mary Anne Herding, Artistic Director

Phone: 602-957-6561

Email: movementsource@gmail.com

Website: www.movementsourcedancecompany.org

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Movement Source is an innovative, multi-media modern dance company in the valley, creating exciting new works each season. The company is dedicated to hearing impaired populations, teaching workshops annually at PDSD and integrating ASL into major performances. Movement Source has an outreach program, offers open company classes weekly, and performs in a variety of settings to bring dance to many populations. The company has been directed since it’s inception in 1989 by Mary Anne Fernandez Herding, and co-director, Susan Pine Harris joined in company direction shortly after that. The company welcomes collaborators in live music, visual art, poetry, video and other art forms to partner with dance each year.

Movement Source Dance Company Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: Shrine

Choreographer:  Brad Garner

Music/Composer: Purcell

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Krystle Aguilera, Omaya Ahmad, Thomas Blee-Carlyle, Jennifer Kaufman Fourness, Susan Pine Harris, Kristen Hugins, Stacy Shane

Description: Beautiful, moving dance created in part as a ritual and tribute, thus came the title, “Shrine.”

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Nritya Shaily School of Kathak (Glendale, AZ)  Kathak – Indian Classical

dsc_0051_p2Contact: Shaily Sodani Bhandari, Founder/Director

Phone: 623-377-4543

Email: nrityashaily@gmail.com

Website: www.nrityashaily.com

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Nritya Shaily School of Kathak strives to preserve the dynamic and rich Indian classical tradition by presenting traditional Kathak performances of excellence, integrity and depth. Students of all ages undergo training in technique, rhythm (tall), improvisation and storytelling. Students develop discipline, awareness, focus and respect.

Kathak is an ancient dance form native to the northern part of India that originated within the Temples of India as a means of portraying epic tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is one of the eight classical dance forms of India.

Shaily Bhandari was attracted to dancing at the very young age of 2 years.  Her mother noticed her passion and taught her the elementary todas of Kathak at that early age. She started her formal training at age  7 and completed her Visharad in Kathak under the tutelage of Guru Shri Suresh Dharmadhikariji, a disciple of Late Pt. Shri Durga Prasad ji of Jaipur Gharana, from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidhyalaya (khairagarh University).

During this journey, she participated regularly in several events at school and college level. This school is her dream come true – It was always her goal to share her knowledge of Kathak dance form and do her share to keep this traditional  dance form alive.

Last couple of years, Shaily has made her artistic presence known in the valley and is an active proponent of Indian Culture, Classical music and dance.  She is a perfectionist and truly believes that there is no limit to learning. With that attitude, she continuously looks for opportunities to learn from the very best.  She has attended workshops with none other than Pt. Birju Maharaj ji and Guru Smt. Shambhavi Dandekarji over last couple of years.

Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy & Nritya Shaily School of Kathak Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: Enlightenment

Choreographers: Gauri Bhobe and Shaily Bhandari

Music/Composer: Ashit Desai and Anoushka Shankar

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Gauri Bhobe and Shaily Bhandari

Description: This is a collaboration between the directors of Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy and Nritya Shaily School of Kathak.

The Sanskrit text asks to show the path of eternal self and light of spiritual knowledge that leads towards immortality and peace like Goddess Saraswati. “Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to the light, from death to eternal life, from earth to open skies.”

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Rosenkrans Dans (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

Contact: Angela Rosenkrans, Artistic Director     Phone: 602-909-7021

E-mail: a.rosnekrans@scottsdalecc.edu

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Angela Rosenkrans is the Dance Program Director at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ and founding member/Artistic Director for Rosenkrans Dans which premiered in the summer of 2012. Angela Received her BA in Dance from Centenary College of Louisiana and her MFA from Sam Houston State University. She has been teaching for the past 24 years at colleges and dance studios in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Louisiana. She has performed professionally with Rosenkrans Dans, Ormao Contemporary Dance, Scorpious Dance Theatre, Conder Dance, 32 Flavors and Lizcasebolt Dance.

Rosenkrans Dans Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: In Passing Spaces

Choreographer: Angela Rosenkrans with Dancer Input

Music/Composer: Jazeck / Lament

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Angela Rosenkrans

Costume Designer: Angela Rosenkrans

Performers: Laura Belvado,  Jordan Daniels, Jenny Gerena, Anna Jones, George Jones, Jessica Jones,  Shauna Meredith

Description: Taking the idea of passing relationships in our lives and incorporating it into the idea of moving through spaces, making connections and then moving on.

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Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy (Chandler, AZ) – Bharathanatyam – Indian Classical

gauri-bhobe-sardesai-photoContact: Gauri Bhobe, Founder/Director     Phone: 480-707-9001

Email: gauribhobe@gmail.com

Website: http://gauribhobesardesai.webs.com

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Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy was founded by Gauri Bhobe in 2005 under the guidance of her guru Shri Deepkak Mazumdar in Mumbai India. Her passion of teaching dance inspired her to open the phoenix chapter when she moved to USA. Since 2010 she has nurtured the artistic talent of more than 25 students in Phoenix who have performed  in productions like “Mallari”,” Mahishasure Mardini” and “Vande Matarm”  across the valley. The academy trains students in “Abhinaya Darpanam” shlokas and intricate jatis. These dance pieces have been descended from Gurus and stalwarts like Shri T. S Kadirvelu Pillai and Shri Deepak Mazumdar.Gauri Bhobe is recognized as Mumbai’s leading Bharat Natyam exponent and senior most student of Guru Deepak Mazumdar. Gauri holds a diploma in Natyashastra from Nalanda Dance Research Center and has been bestowed with prestigious titles such as”Sringar Mani”. She is a national scholarship holder and a member of Bharat Natyam proficient for Indian Council of Cultural Relations. She began her journey in dance at the tender age of five under the vigilant tutelage of Smt Sujatha Swaminathan. Interested in learning tougher dance pieces, her Guru encouraged her to perform Arrangetram at the tender age of 11. Over the years with intense training and perseverance Gauri has cultivated clarity of footwork along with elegant grace. Renowned for her skills in depicting a dancer’s “bhava” (feelings) through her choreography using the art of “rasa” (expressions), Gauri stays deeply rooted to the traditional origins of Bharat Natyam.

Gauri has been performing for the last 20 years and has been a part of several acclaimed ballet ensembles such as Geet Govind and Radha Krishna for Smt Hema Malini and Nadhanjali, Rasika Ranjani, Shivali art festivals in Mumbai.  Gauri was invited as a special guest to perform for Doordarshan’s 50 year anniversary which was telecasted in a live program and viewed by an audience that spanned across India. Besides appearing on national media like NDTV, she has been also affiliated with illustrious and renowned artists such as Louis Banks and Taufiq Khureshi.

Gauri is a graduate from R. A. Podar College and has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Before starting up her dance institute as a full time profession in Phoenix, AZ, Gauri had a career in the shipping industry and hospitality for over 6 years. She has worked for many multi-national companies such as Thomas Cook, Transocean Ltd and WNS Global services.

Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy & Nritya Shaily School of Kathak Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: Enlightenment

Choreographers: Gauri Bhobe and Shaily Bhandari

Music/Composer: Ashit Desai and Anoushka Shankar

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Performers: Gauri Bhobe and Shaily Bhandari

Description: This is a collaboration between the directors of Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy and Nritya Shaily School of Kathak.

The Sanskrit text asks to show the path of eternal self and light of spiritual knowledge that leads towards immortality and peace like Goddess Saraswati. “Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to the light, from death to eternal life, from earth to open skies.”

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SCC Instinct Dancecorps (Scottsdale, AZ) – Scottsdale Community College Dance

scc-fernanda-gillian-jumpContact: Angela Rosenkrans, Dance Program Director

Phone: 602-909-7021

Email: a.rosenkrans@scottsdalecc.edu

Website: www.scottsdalecc.edu/dance

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Instinct Dancecorps is a nationally recognized and award winning repertory company hosting the versatile works of nationally and internationally known choreographers. It is a pre-professional company housed at Scottsdale Community College, benefiting from the many opportunities available in a college setting. Each year we enjoy several guest residencies, touring opportunities and performances around the valley and the United States. It is a multi-disciplined ensemble of 11 strong-willed performers intending to express a deep felt unspeakable vision.

SCC Instinct Dancecorps Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: Quatro Quartos

Choreographer: Brad Garner

Music/Composer: Ela, Anjo Gabriel, Batuque and Dessa Vez by Dom La Nena

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Angela Rosenkrans

Costume Designer: Angela Rosenkrans

Performers: Kalin Green, Sara Henson, Fernanda Kitizawa, Gillian Levin, Nadia Monreal-Gomez, Kiara Nava, Kayla Nelson, Brayan Perez, Leah Porter, RanDee Powell, Kirra Sinck

Description: Fun play with French music and space.

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Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre (Chandler, AZ) – Pre-professional Ballet

Contact: Mary Madine, President     Phone: 480-786-1155

Email: Mary@swybt.org

Website: www.swybt.org

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Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. is dedicated to the development and advancement of ballet students ages 13-18 years of age who aspire to a professional career in ballet. Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. not only provides excellence in pre-professional training and achievement in artistry, SWYBT also provides a variety of educational outreach and community outreach programs for the enrichment of our communities. Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Inc. receives its artistic guidance from a renowned principal dancer, Yen-Li Chen, who serves as the Artistic Director.

Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: Seeks to a Clearing

Choreographer: Nayon Iovino

Music/Composer: Nicolas Jaar and Slidy Project Trio

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Mary Madine

Costume Designer: Stephanie Boucher and Yen-Li Chen

Performers: Mika Barnett, Lauren Boucher, Nicole Boucher, Gracelyn Buck, Amelia D’Avanzo, Shelbie Hitchcock,  Ally McSpadden, Zoe Sehner

Description: Contemporary Ballet

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Step’s Junk Funk (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Movement and Percussion

AmorDeBaile-2722Original CrpdContact: Step Raptis, Artistic Director

Phone: 602-740-7626

Email: StepRaptis@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/step.raptis

Step Raptis has been dancing, creating music and exploring “junk funk” since the early 1970s in Detroit, New York City, and various parts of Canada. Using found recycled and bought items that are carefully chosen for their fine tonal quality. He creates a world in which music and dance become as one entity. Step has presented choreography for groups in Canada, New York, Michigan and Arizona. On the roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, he has led workshops and outreach programs, sharing with youth the exhilaration of Step’s “junk funk” experience. Step is also the associate artistic director of Desert Dance Theatre, and co-artistic director of Crossroads Performance Group.

Step’s Junk Funk Performs: Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8 

Title: Muck Bucket Memory (Premiere)

Choreographer: Step Raptis

Music/Composer: Step Raptis

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designers: Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis

Performers: Carrie Avalos, Lisa R. Chow, Angela DeDominick, Malikah Fernandez, Caroline Liddicoat, Step, Raptis, Elaine Mary Stone

Description: This rhythmical junk funk piece creates music with muck buckets, ironing board and steam irons…interwoven into the choreography. “Muck Bucket Memory” gives us a memory of the pre-permapress days when domestic bliss also included the daily ironing chores. Men seemed miraculously to get a pass, but not this time as our present day Step has to prepare the boards for the steam press to roll. This comical musical ride helps us to remember that ironing our sheets just takes extra time, but looks good to uninvited overnight guests.

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SVGdance (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern

svgdanceContact: Sonia Valle, Artistic Director

Phone: 602-787-6808

Email: sonia.valle@paradisevalley.edu

Website: http://svgdance.com/

Sonia Valle is a dance educator, choreographer and performer. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in International Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Dance from San Diego State University in 1987 and her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University in 2001. While at Arizona State University Sonia received the Outstanding Choreographer Award by Friends of Dance and the ASU Department of Dance for her work. Sonia has also been a presenter at the American College Dance Festival, teaching Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form incorporating dance, music and song. This is Sonia’s thirteenth year as program director at Paradise Valley Community College. Sonia currently works as an independent choreographer and travels both nationally and internationally to set her work in different dance schools and dance companies.

SVGdance Performs: Saturday, October 8

Title: Meditation

Choreographer: Sonia Valle

Music/Composer: Air by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin

Lighting and Costume Designer: Sonia Valle

Performer: Sonia Valle

Description: Meditation is a solo dance with an introspective connection to the core of being and search for balance within. It is also an attempt to connect with the ethereal human vocal quality of the musical piece.

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Tu-Tu Dance (Litchfield Park, AZ) – Modern Dance

Contact: Jimmy Tu Nguyen, Director Phone: 602-430-0987

Email: t.nguyen1410@gmail.com

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Jimmy is a recent graduate from Glendale Community College with his AFA in Dance. While studying at GCC, Jimmy was a member of both Verve Dance Company (GCC) and Instinct Dancecorps (SCC). Jimmy plans to attend Sonoma State University in California in the Fall of 2017 to complete his BFA in Dance Performance, and intends to spend this upcoming year choreographing and sharing his work locally within the Arizona dance community. Jimmy is honored to be selected to premiere his first professional work at Arizona Dance Festival 2016 under his own company name, Tu-Tu Dance.

Tu-Tu Dance Performs: Friday, October 7

Title: Pilot

Choreographers: Jimmy Tu Nguyen and Dancers

Music/Composer: Speed limit, a night ride by Ezio Bosso

Lighting Designer: Olivia Camarillo and Jimmy Tu Nguyen

Stage Manager: Olivia Camarillo

Costume Designer: Jimmy Tu Nguyen

Performers: Justin Brown, Brian Lopez, Rosie Lopez, Amy Schmidt

Description: Pilot: “Growing up is not the problem, forgetting is” – Have you ever had those moments where you realized that you are an adult? You asked yourself “since when?” This work is based on a text from the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, quite literal in concept, but how can we use our imagination, like a child, to change the way we look at the adulthood?

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Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company (Chandler, AZ) – Flamenco Dance

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Contact: Yumi La Rosa, Founder/Director    

Phone: 602-692-1159

Email: yumi@yumilarosa.com

Website: www.yumilarosa.com

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Yumi “la Rosa” left her established accounting career and decided to follow her passion in flamenco dance. She set out for Spain to immerse herself in the flamenco culture as her first teacher, Lydia Torea did. Upon returning to Phoenix, Yumi joined Viva Flamenco as a company dancer. Her technical skills, beauty and grace on stage quickly transcended company work and became a soloist with Mosaico Flamenco.She was also selected as a soloist with the prestigious touring group, Calo Flamenco. As an instructor, Yumi has taught at Paradise Valley Community College, Coconino Community College, Arizona Ballet School, Arizona School of Classical Ballet, Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, al Moro dance studio, and Yumi la Rosa Dance studio. Yumi directs and produces her own dance show, “Mujeres,” which debuted in 2009. The show has become an annual event with other talented artists to enhance and expand the show.

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company Performs: Saturday, October 8 

Title: Flamenco Project 1

Choreographer: Yumi La Rosa and Ken Koshio

Music/Composer: Yumi La Rosa and Ken Koshio

Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Daniel Davisson

Costume Designer: Yumi La Rosa and Ken Koshio

Performers: Yumi La Rosa and Ken Koshio

Description: Two artists from different disciplines will create music and movements on stage.