Season Schedule

Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2013-14
(Updated 08/16/13)

Contact: Lisa R. Chow, 480-962-4584     Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org    www.DesertDanceTheatre.org
*Dates and locations are subject to change. Please contact Desert Dance Theatre for updates.

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July 26-27, 2013 (Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 7:00pm)
15th Annual Las Vegas Dance In The Desert Festival 2013
Summerlin Performing Arts Center
1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada
Info: (702) 504-4578 or kelly.roth@csn.edu
Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584

This is the 15th Annual Dance in the Desert Festival in Las Vegas! An impressive roster of local and visiting dance artists will be with us to present cutting edge choreography and stirring works to delight every dance aficionado!

In 1999 the first annual Las Vegas Dance In The Desert Festival was co-founded and co-directed by Kyla Quintero and Kelly Roth, with the ambition to restore dance to a primary position in the artistic life of the city of Las Vegas. The Festival offers a broad spectrum of choreographic visions and approaches, from expressionism to post-modernism to neo-romanticism, and a diverse selection of genres drawing on traditions from Africa, Europe, and American original and hybrid forms, featuring companies from around the world, across the United States, neighboring states of California and Arizona, as well as Nevada’s own exceptional talent.

It is with the belief that such diversity is reassuring evidence of the rich potential non-commercial dance has for stimulating the artists and audiences of Las Vegas in the 21st century that the Festival continues to grow year by year, delighting and inspiring patrons and performers alike.
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August 23, 2013 (5:00pm-7:00pm)
Tempe Center for the Arts “Annual Arts Preview”
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
Info: www.tempe.gov/tca
Cost: Free

The TCA Annual Arts Preview will feature Tempe Arts Groups with table displays, raffles, giveaways and includes performances by several performing arts groups including: Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk, CONDER/dance and more.

Step’s Junk Funk performs at 5:15pm. Desert Dance Theatre performs at 6:30pm.
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August 24, 2013
Arizona Dance Festival Submissions Deadline
Desert Dance Theatre, P.O.Box 25332, Tempe, Arizona 85285

Info: www.DesertDanceTheatre.org or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org, 480-962-4584

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2013. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances from October 5-13, 2013. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 2013 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 and other states.

For application and information, go to: http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival/

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August 29, 2013 (7:00pm)
Desert Dance Theatre and Red Rocks Music Festival presents “Transfigured Night”
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
Tickets and Info: www.tempe.gov/tca or (480) 350-2822
Cost: $25, $20, $15 (plus service fees)

Desert Dance Theatre collaborates with Red Rocks Music Festival to present and perform “Transfigured Night” by composer, Arnold Schoenberg, and “Suite for Flute and Piano Jazz Trio” by composer, Claude Bolling. Enjoy and evening of live music and original dance choreography. Festival musicians include: David Ehrlich, Dumitru Lazarescu – Violin, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Rami Solomonow – Viola, Jan Simiz, Thomas Landschoot – Cello, Andria Fenning – Piano, Christina Steffen – Flute, Stephen Anderson – Bass, Fred Marderness – Percussion, Sterling Beeaff – Poem Reader.
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September 1, 2013 (3:00pm)
Desert Dance Theatre and Red Rocks Music Festival presents “Transfigured Night”
Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
Tickets: (877) 733-7257 or www.redrocksmusicfestival.com
Cost: $28, $18

Desert Dance Theatre collaborates with Red Rocks Music Festival to present and perform “Transfigured Night” by composer, Arnold Schoenberg, and “Jazz Suite” by composer, Claude Bolling. Enjoy and evening of live music and original dance choreography. Festival musicians include: David Ehrlich, Dumitru Lazarescu – Violin,
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Rami Solomonow – Viola, Jan Simiz, Thomas Landschoot – Cello, Andria Fenning – Piano, Christina Steffen – Flute, Stephen Anderson – Bass, Fred Marderness – Percussion, Shondra Jepperson – Poem Reader.
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September 5-7, 2013 (7:00pm-10:00pm)
The Clarendon Hotel presents Artel Phoenix
The Clarendon Hotel, 401 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

This fall, the historic hotel, The Clarendon is teaming up with Artel Phx to turn its space into a giant compilation of site-specific art installations. And here’s the best part — they’re looking to local artists to make it happen. The temporary takeover of the Clarendon will transform the rooftop skydeck, the oasis pool and waterwall, the lobby, the front entrance hotel rooms, and exterior projections into the creative works of mover than 20 selected artists. The final unveiling of the Artel Phx exhibit at The Clarendon is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, with a special VIP preview party on Thursday, September 5. These installations are intended to be multi-media with the option of including live performance, music, and video. For more information, visit Artel Phx online. Desert Dance Theatre and Step’s Junk Funk will participate in this event.

The opening night of ARTELPHX 3 day art happening is an exclusive invite event with limited tickets available. Join us for Phoenix’s most spectacular art event of the year. 20 local artists will encompass The Clarendon Hotel and Spa with their site specific installations, neon sculptures, stained glass, paintings, yarn bombing, historical and collective spaces, large scale projections and photography, interactive laser installations and performances. For tickets contact 602-252-7363.

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October 5, 2013 (12:00pm-5:00pm)

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004

For more information, call 602-254-7399 x105

Cost: $5 or Free for kids 12 and under

Info: http://www.herbergertheater.org/festival_of_arts

Celebrating Diversity in the Centennial

The fourth annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts in downtown Phoenix with a day featuring performances, dance, food, art, live music, children’s activities, film shorts, pet adoptions, wine tasting, Lunch Time Theater excerpts and more!  FREE admission for kids 12 and under and $5.00 for adults and age 13. COMPLIMENTARY parking for festival attendees courtesy of Arizona Center!

Desert Dance Theatre, Crossroads Performance Group, Step’s Junk Funk perform at 2:20pm-2:40pm

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October 9, 2013 (11:30am-12:00pm)
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture presents Celebrating Arts and Humanities Month
In the Atrium of Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

http://phoenix.gov/arts/index.html

FREE

Desert Dance Theatre, Crossroads Performance Group and Step’s Junk Funk performs selections from their current repertory.

Tickets for the Arizona Dance Festival Showcase will be available for sale at the display table in the Atrium.

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October 11-12, 2013 (7:30pm)
Arizona Dance Festival 2013
Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584 or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca Cost: $18 Adult, $15 Senior, $13 Student, $25 for 2 shows, $12 Group of 10 or more (Plus box office fees) VIP Deals – $10 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT), Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2013. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances from October 5-13, 2013. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 2013 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 and other states.

For information, go to: http://desertdancetheatre.org/ arizona-dance-festival/

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October 19-20, 2013
Dance Festival of Southern Arizona 2013 (DFOSA)
Location for Classes: Tucson High Magnet School, 400 North 2nd Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
Saturday Evening Performance: Rincon/University High School, 421 North Arcadia Avenue, Tucson, Arizona

For more info: http://www.azdancecoalition.org/dance-fest-soaz/
Contact: Krystyna@AzDanceCoalition.org or call 520-743-1349

The Arizona Dance Coalition is excited to announce the first DANCE FESTIVAL OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA (DFOSA)! It will be held in Tucson on October 19-20 and will consist of 30 dance classes over both days with stellar faculty that include Polyrhythms, Clave Latin Rhythm, Junk Funk (Percussive Movement Art), Step, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet/Variation, Jazz, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Qigong, Feldenkrais, Floor Barre, classes specific for teachers, and a special Folklorico Workshop at Tucson High Magnet School; a performance for the general public on Saturday evening (7 pm) by some of the finest dancers, companies, and choreographers in So AZ + special guests at the University High School Auditorium; and an adjudicated (optional) “peer” performance for high school age dance groups (private & public schools, and dance studios)
DFOSA is being produced and organized by the Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC) in collaboration with the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO). The ADC’s mission is to “connect” with and serve the dance communities in AZ and the general public. AzDEO serves the dance educators and dance students in AZ. Together we will be able to connect, educate and entertain a population that believes dance training and dancing creates powerful, creative minds & SUPERbodies!

Desert Dance Theatre and Step’s Junk Funk will perform on Saturday night. Step Raptis will teach two junk funk classes (Saturday 3:15pm-4:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-11:40am). Lisa Chow will teach a classic modern dance technique class on Sunday (1:15pm-2:30pm).
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October-November 2013
Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
October 27 – Margaret T. Hance Park
November 1-2 – Downtown Phoenix (near ALAC)
November 3 – Desert Botanical Gardens

More details to come.

The festival features traditional music and dance by local performers, children’s activities, folk arts and crafts, ethnic food, community altar, and a candle light procession. Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group performs.
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November 2, 2013 (8:30am-3:30pm)
2013 Arizona State Afterschool Conference
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building
100 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Cost: Free
Info: http://www.azafterschool.org/Conference.aspx

Details: Desert Dance Theatre and Members of the Arizona Dance Coalition will be exhibitors.
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November 6, 2013 (11:30am-12:30pm)
Gateway to the Arts
Gateway Community College
108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Cost: Free

Details: Desert Dance Theatre performs a variety of dances from its current repertory.
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December 13-15, 2013 (Times TBA)
Phoenix Festival of the Arts 2013
Phoenix Center for the Arts & Margaret T. Hance Park?1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Info: http://phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/
Cost: Free

Celebrate artists and arts organizations from across Phoenix’s varied cultural landscape! Desert Dance Theatre, Crossroads performance Group and Step’s Junk Funk will perform along with many other performing groups throughout the weekend.
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January 10-11, 2014 (7:30pm)
The Genesis Dance Project 2014
Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584 or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org
TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca
Cost: $18 Adult, $15 Senior, $13 Student, $25 for 2 shows, $12 Group of 10 or more (Plus box office fees)
VIP Deals – $10 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT), Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre presents this annual event that will showcase different dance artists, including: emerging artists as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Each show will feature different dance artists and groups from Arizona and out of state. The Arizona Dance Coalition will co-sponsor festival dance workshops during the show week, and will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday. Details TBA.
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January 29-30, 2014 (Wednesday 9:45am & 11:30am and Thursday 7:30pm)
Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (School Performance)
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona
Wednesday Matinees are available by reservations only through DDT. Cost: $4.50 Students, $5 Adults, Two free Chaperone/Teachers per group of 25 Students.
Tickets for Thursday evening show: $15, $12, $10 (More details later)
Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584 or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

In celebration of African American History Month, Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses,” a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. 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. “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages. The Thursday evening show will also feature invited guest performers, Axe Capoeira Arizona.
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March 29, 2014 (6:30pm)
Mujeres Seis presented by Yumi La Rosa and Ava Fleming
Tempe Center for the Arts (Theater)
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca
Buy Tickets: http://tca.ticketforce.com/default.asp?SearchMonth=3%2F1%2F2014&MV=03%2F29%2F2014&sel=x

International acclaimed dancers Yumi La Rosa (Flamenco dancer) and Ava Fleming (Belly dancer) present a journey of cultural music and dance from Spain to Egypt with their sixth annual Mujeres production. They will be accompanied by special guests Martin Gaxiola, Desert Dance Theatre performing Step’s Junk Funk and more.

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June 2014 (TBA)
35th Anniversary Celebration Event
More Details to come.
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Check for updates at 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.