AUDITIONS!

Download and Email DDT Audition Form to Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org DDT:SJF AUDITIONS 17-18 101217 AUDITIONS ~ FREE CLASS Desert Dance Theatre & Step’s Junk Funk for 2017-18 Season Desert Dance Theatre ~ Need experienced male and female dancers versed in Classic Modern Dance Styles (Techniques ~ Graham, Limon, Horton, Cunningham, etc) OR willing to learn. Step’s Junk Funk ~ Need experienced male and female dancers with good rhythm and good percussion skills OR Percussionists who can dance! Dance Theater West 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ Audition Dates and Times October 16 and 18, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm Desert Dance Theatre 7:15pm-8:30pm Step’s Junk Funk PLEASE RSVP at Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org.  The audition classes are FREE! RSVP is required! Must be able to start immediately for upcoming shows. The Auditions/Classes are FREE, but RSVP is required. Requirements ~ ·       Dancers must have flexible schedule and available to rehearse and perform. ·       Dancers must be versatile and have performance experience in modern dance. ·       Experience in ballet, jazz and other dance and performing arts disciplines is a plus. ·       Dancers must be responsible with reliable transportation. Must be available to attend regularly scheduled classes/rehearsals on: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm Rehearsal schedule may vary as needed. INFO: 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or...

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Arizona Dance Festival 2017

CONTACT: Lisa R. Chow Phone: 480-962-4584 E-Mail: Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org Website: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org WHO? DESERT DANCE THEATRE WHAT? Arizona Dance Festival 2017 WHEN? Friday-Saturday, October 6-7, 2017 WHAT TIME? 7:30pm WHERE? Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona 85281 COST? $20 Adult, $18 Senior, $15 Student, $13 Group of 10+, Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA), Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO), $30 for 2 shows, VIP Deals – $12 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) TICKETS? TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca (Service and convenience fees may apply) QUESTIONS? For concert information contact Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival-2017/. Photos available upon request. ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2017 Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 6-7, 2017 at 7:30pm.  Each evening will showcase different dance artists including emerging artists as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance from Arizona.  A post-performance Q & A will be facilitated by the Arizona Dance Coalition directly after the show. Please check the DDT website for updates. The program is subject to change. For concert information contact Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival-2017. AZ DANCE FESTIVAL LINE-UP (Alphabetical Order, Not Program Order): FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH Amy Symonds (Gilbert, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Pointe Arathi School of Dance (Phoenix, AZ) – Bharathanatyam – Classical Indian Ballet Etudes (Gilbert, AZ) – Pre-professional Ballet Canyon Movement Company (Flagstaff, AZ) – Modern Dance CONDER/dance (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Crossroads Performance Group (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Music and Dance Collaboration Danielle McNeal Johnson (Show Low, AZ) – Modern Dance Desert Dance Theatre (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Dance Theatre Instinct Dancecorps (Scottsdale, AZ) – Scottsdale Community College Dance Julia Chacon (Scottsdale, AZ) – Flamenco Dance Kara Ko Dance (Tempe, AZ) – Contemporary Dance Movement Source Dance Company (Phoenix, AZ) – Contemporary Modern Step’s Junk Funk (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Movement and Percussion The Conner Sisters (Gilbert, AZ) – Lindy Hop Swing Dance   SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH Ballet Yuma (Yuma, AZ) – Contemporary Ballet Chaos Theory Dance (Tucson, AZ) – Comedic Movement Theater Crossroads Performance Group (Mesa, AZ) – Interdisciplinary Music and Dance Collaboration Danielle McNeal Johnson (Show Low, AZ) – Modern...

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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (2018)

PROMO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/195076754 Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Marion Kirk Jones, Renee Davis, and Lisa R. Chow created Sister Moses, along with music director, John D. Anthony. The concept and much of the work was researched collaboratively with the help of Susan Smith, director of String Sounds (quartet). The script is embellished with traditional spirituals, slave songs and other music of that time around the Civil War Era. Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools. The company’s out of state performances include venues in Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Over 100,000 audience members of all ages have enjoyed the experience of Sister Moses. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life. Sister Moses is a valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details. For...

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Southern Vermont Dance Festival July 13-16

             July 13-16, 2017 Desert Dance Theatre ~ Step’s Junk Funk ~ Crossroads Performance Group Southern Vermont Dance Festival in Brattleboro, VT Check SVDF website for details and schedule: http://southernvermontdancefestival.com/explore/ https://www.facebook.com/svtdancefest/ https://twitter.com/SVTDanceFest 106 Classes at every level over the 4 days 2 Gala’s in our Historic Theater Thursday and Friday (different shows each day) An outdoor Promenade performance showing the work of 10 artists at Scott Farm and the Stone Trust 2 concerts in the Historic and newly renovated Stone Church A Resistance/Social Justice Performing Arts walking tour that brings people in to local venues to see dance, theater, vocalists and musicians. A collaboration with VPL’s Open Lab which coincides with Southern Vermont Dance Festival. A free community dinner with performances Dozens of free community events that include dance, live music and workshops around Brattleboro A Movement Inspired Visual Art Tour Some guerrilla style performances A mini dance film festival within the festival …and much more…all in 4 days! Brattleboro is a great destination for a summer weekend....

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Arizona Dance Festival 2017 ~ Application/Submission

          Dear Dance Artists and Companies, I would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) that will take place at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on October 5-7, 2017, co-sponsored by the Arizona Dance Coalition.  The festival will give you or your company great exposure, and it’s a fun way to share your art with colleagues from around the state and guests from out of state. The Arizona Dance Festival is open to individuals and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. Up to 15 dance slots per show will be selected to be performed. The applicant works will be adjudicated by a diverse panel of judges that are highly knowledgeable about dance. Here’s how to apply: You must submit the following by July 20, 2017: ADF application form Description form Audition Video Link $35 non-refundable application fee ($15 per additional audition pieces) Email ADF Application and Description Forms, and request PayPal invoice for payment OR Mail ADF Application and Description Forms with payment. The audition Video Link must be the work that you are planning to show that has not been seen in any major Metro-Phoenix venues within 2 months prior to the show dates or a work that is representative of your current repertory with your current dance members. If selected, you must sign a letter of agreement and pay a participation fee per dance of $50 (solo), $75 (duets), $100 (3-5 dancers), or $150 (6 or more dancers). Each dance may not exceed 10 minutes (no exceptions). This fee will go towards facility, production, publicity and other expenses. Applications can be downloaded from http://desertdancetheatre.org/adf-2017-application/. If you have any questions, contact me at 480-962-4584 or at Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org. We are anticipating an exciting program this upcoming season and hope you can participate. Sincerely, Lisa R. Chow Artistic Director & Company Manager Desert Dance Theatre   Downloadable Application & Submission Forms: ADF-Invitation-17 ADF-Application-17 ADF-Dance-Submit-Desc-17...

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Mississippi Journey: Three Life Experiences / Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

This project was made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities.   WHAT: Mississippi Journey: Three Life Experiences (Life Conversations) / Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese (Documentary Film) WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 WHAT TIME: 6:00pm-9:00pm WHERE: First Congregational United Church of Christ 1407 North 2nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004 COST: FREE (RSVP Required) RSVP: Please RSVP by June 12th Eventbrite RSVP: http://mississippijourney.eventbrite.com FaceBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884069311815190/ For more information: 480-962-4584, 480-430-8946, Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org   MISSISSIPPI JOURNEY Mississippi Journey: Three Life Experiences, tells the life journey of three Arizona residents with deep roots in the Magnolia state. From very different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Rev. James Pennington – Pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lisa Chow – Artistic Director of Desert Dance Theatre and Floyd Alvin Galloway – Owner of AGE2 Management Services will share experiences that they have found in common that have connected them in their life through their journey from Mississippi to Arizona. Mississippi is a state of many paradoxes, conflicts and puzzles, but also through its struggles molded people of strength and character. The evening will also shed more light on a Chinese American community in the Mississippi Delta through filmmaker and special guest, Samantha Cheng – Executive Producer of Heritage Series, and her documentary Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese. This will be a lively night to remember and a great learning experience for all. Please RSVP early for this free event. Seating is limited. This project was made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities, and is sponsored by First Congregational United Church of Christ, AGE2 Management Services, Desert Dance Theatre, Heritage Series, Arizona Informant Newspaper, and Radio Phoenix. DETAILED PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The evening program is in two-parts. The first part is a open conversation with three individuals who have roots in Mississippi and have migrated to Arizona called, “The Mississippi Journey: Three Life Experiences.” Lisa R. Chow, Floyd Alvin Galloway, and Rev. James Pennington talk about their vastly different life experiences surrounding their upbringing in Mississippi including: ethnic culture, religion, socio-economics, philosophies and politics and other influences that shaped their lives to become who they are today. They will also share how they came to reside in Arizona and how they evolved. Lisa R. Chow was born and raised in Greenville,...

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