Season Schedule

Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2015-16

(As of 9/9/15)

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 20, 2015

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 2015. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 9-10, 2015 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.  Info: http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival/

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September 12, 2015 (9:30am-6:00pm, After Party: 6:00pm-9:00pm)

TEDx Fountain Hills “A Conference on Community”

Fountain Hills Community Center, 3001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, Arizona

Info: http://www.tedxfountainhills.com

Desert Dance Theatre dancers perform Step’s Junk Funk at 12:00pm

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) Learn more about TEDx

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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September 20, 2015 (3:00pm-5:00pm)

Ode to Peace

Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler AZ

Info: http://www.acacx.org or http://www.facebook.com/acacxorg or call (480) 726-2181

Cost: $15

American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association (ACACX) presents 3nd Annual Ode To Peace Concert 2015 – A 70th Anniversary Tribute in Memory of the End of WWII & the Sino Japanese War. A Celebration of Peace with Dances of the World: Chinese, Korean, East Indian, and Irish.

Featuring Program: “The Yellow River Cantata” with the Arizona Chinese Chorus & OTP Symphonic Orchestra; Yayu Khoe, Artistic Director/Conductor with soloists.

Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis are guest performers.

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October 3, 2015 (10:00am-4:00pm)

Celebrate Phoenix Arts and Culture @ 30

100 N. Third St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

Info: www.phoenix.gov/ARTS

Cost: Free

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will be hosting a Celebrate Arts and Culture @ 30 Festival. The festival will celebrate three decades of Award-Winning Public Art, Community Grant Support, Arts and Culture

Learning, the unwavering support of Arts and Culture from audiences across the Valley.

Performances will be located inside the Phoenix Convention Center Arcade Conference Rooms (entrance from Monroe Street facing Herberger Plaza).

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group perform at 12:00pm-1:00pm.

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October 4, 2015 (12:10pm)

2015 D-Backs Dance Day

Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix, Arizona

Website: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com

Info: Tom Demeter, 602-462-4244 or tdemeter@dbacks.com

The Arizona Diamondbacks along with the Arizona Dance Coalition, Arizona Dance Education Organization and Desert Dance Theatre invites you to D-backs Dance Day! Several dance organizations will perform a choreographed routine that will take place on the field prior to the game and will be highlighted on dbTV. A video of the routine and pregame practice details will be provided following reservation. D-backs Dance Day is sure to sell out fast! Performance spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

DANCE INSTRUCTION VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/136246322     Password: dbtv15

$35 – Lower Level, Baseline Box (Sections 112-114 & 130-132)

$25 – Lower Level, Baseline Reserve (Sections 109-111 & 133-135)

$16 – Lower Level, Bleachers (Sections 101-105 & 139-144)

*A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold can be donated back to your team. Ask for more details.

For more information or to reserve your spot contact Tom Demeter, 602-462-4244 or tdemeter@dbacks.com

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October 9-10, 2015 (7:30pm)
Arizona Dance Festival 2015
Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
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, Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees), VIP Deals – $10 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre and the Arizona Dance Coalition present the Arizona Dance Festival 2015. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 9-10, 2015 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. A post-performance Q & A will be facilitated by the Arizona Dance Coalition directly after the show.

Classes will be offered during the week from October 5 – October 12 at discounted prices ranging from FREE-$10. Go to http://desertdancetheatre.org/adf-class/ for the class schedule and details.

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/

This project is supported in part by the Arizona Dance Coalition and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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October 25, 2015 (1:00pm-6:00pm)

4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Info: http://diadelosmuertosphx.com

Cost: Free

The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is an interactive, multi-generational, and participatory cultural immersion event blending traditional Mexican experiences with a twist of Southwestern flavor. The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large through culturally relevant programming and activities. Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival takes disappearing folk traditions and reinterprets them, creating new and innovative ways to address important social issues, while encouraging collaborations between local institutions and community artists.

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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October 31-November 1, 2015 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | La Procesión 5 – 6:30 p.m)

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Info: http://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration  or http://diadelosmuertosphx.com

Cost: Entrance is included with paid Garden admission or Membership.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at the Garden during this two day family-oriented festival filled with music, dance, and storytelling that explore the beauty and symbols of this special holiday. This colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America, and Mexico, honors departed loved ones in a festive setting. In addition to enjoying live entertainment, families can browse the Mercado, make and add paper flowers to the Community Altar, and enjoy delicious food. Enjoy delicious food and browse the Mercado filled with art, jewelry, and other wares. At the end of each day, families are encouraged to participate in La Procesión.

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November 7, 2015 (11:30am-5:00pm)

Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts presented by APS

Herberger Theater Center, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85012

http://www.herbergertheater.org/herberger-theater-festival-of-the-arts/

Cost: $5 or FREE for kids 12 and under

Celebrating the Arts in our Community!

The sixth annual Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts with performances, dance, food, visual art, live music, children’s activities, film shorts, pet adoptions and more! Admission is $5.00 or FREE for kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate the day of the festival.

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group perform at 1:40pm-2:00pm

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November 12, 2015 (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Gateway to the Arts

Gateway Community College, 108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Cost: Free

Details: Desert Dance Theatre presents “Dance as Culture” and performs a variety of dances from its current repertory including world dances and Step’s Junk Funk repertory.

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December 11-13, 2015 

Friday, December 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fourth Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts 2015

Phoenix Center for the Arts & Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004 http://phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/

Cost: Free

Phoenix Center for the Arts presents the fourth annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, sponsored in part by APS and Lou & Evelyn Grubb. This free weekend-long event takes place in the heart of Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park, December 11-13, 2015.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts packs three full days with live arts and entertainment, plus over 125 vendor booths! Those wishing to express their inner artist can get their feet wet with The Phoenix Mural a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist and Valley favorite, Hugo Medina. Families with kids can have a blast in the Family Zone, located on the East side of the Festival.

Festival attendees can grab a bite from one of several local food trucks, then sit back, relax, and catch some tunes at the Festival’s beer and wine garden presented by Hensley Beverage Company.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. Specific Times: TBA

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January 8-10, 2016 (Times TBA)

The Genesis Dance Project 2016

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 and Arizona Dance Coalition co-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. The Arizona Dance Coalition will co-sponsor festival dance workshops during the show week.

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January 2016 (TBA)

Mesa MLK Celebration

Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona

Details: TBA

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January or February 2016 (TBA)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (School and Public Performances)

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 a string quartet, 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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February 2016 (TBA)

Black History Month Celebration hosted by South Chandler Self Help Foundation

Chandler Center for the Arts, Bogle Theater, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

Cost: Free

Details: TBA

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March or April 2016 (TBA)

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Company & Friends

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Details: TBA

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May 20-21, 2016 (TBA)

Desert Dance Spring Concert

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Details: TBA

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May 23-28, 2016

South of Gold Mountain in collaboration with H.T. Chen & Dancers

Houston, Texas

Cost: TBA

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Desert Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Lisa R. Chow will perform as a special guest with H.T. Chen & Dancers in South of Gold Mountain.

In 1850, news of “The California Gold Rush” reached southern China before most Americans had learned of it and thus began an exodus of 300,000 Chinese immigrants to “Gold Mountain.” South Of Gold Mountain draws from rich oral histories, treasured images, official and private documentation of Chinese settlers lured to America by the promise of gold and a prosperous life.  With the support of Chinese American community heritage museums and family associations in the US, three years of extensive research and in-depth interviews were conducted with immigrants and their descendants, inspiring this insightful production by HT Chen & Dancers.

The similarity between village life in China and living in southern US communities was evident as the immigrants were helped by those arriving before them, to endure daily hardships and adjust to the cultural challenges of their adoptive country. Discrimination, racism, and physical violence were prevalent.  To survive, they became deeply connected despite rural isolation.  These Chinese residents helped build America by working on railroads, levees, and plantations, and as grocers.

HT Chen & Dancers’ production memorializes the struggles of thousands of Chinese Americans and their legacy. It acknowledges generations of descendants and blended communities now thriving across the US.  Blending a contemporary sound score, traditional Chinese music, and Deep South Blues, this vital dance-theater celebration of the first Chinese American settlements is an enlightening story of immigration, civil rights, and assimilation.

“… a moving and engaging choreographic tribute to the few pioneering Chinese immigrants who settled in the American South starting as early as the end of the Civil War.”         -  John Jung, Author, Scholar, Professor

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June 2016 (TBA)

Juneteenth Celebration hosted by South Chandler Self Help Foundation

Chandler Center for the Arts, Bogle Theater, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

Cost: Free

 

Details: TBA

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Check for updates at 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.

 

 

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Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2014-15

(As of 8/12/14)

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 19 and 27, 2014 (Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm)

Desert Dance Performs with Step’s Junk Funk at MIM’s Teachers’ Preview Day

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Info: 480.478.6000, http://mim.org/events/july-is-educator-appreciation-month-at-mim/

Desert Dance Theatre performs in Step’s Junk Funk’s 30 minute sneak preview show at the MIM. The full school performances are schedule to occur on December 4 and 5, 2014 (9:40am and 12:10pm).

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July 20, 2014 (Sunday 4:30pm-7:00pm)

Supporting the Arts – A Networking and Social Fundraiser

Tottie’s Asian Fusion 2, 6204 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Please visit www.artizona.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/338336646322585/

Take a break from the pool and join us for a great time for a great cause!

• FREE Admission!

• Happy Hour Discounts

• Art Exhibit and Live Music

• 50-50 Raffle to benefit The Arizona Consortium for the Arts

The consortium’s vision is to establish a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center with an open door policy. Their programs help nurture and support underserved and economically disadvantaged populations through the promotion of the arts. Lisa Chow, Step Raptis and Marco Spezza will provide musical entertainment throughout the event.

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August 15, 2014

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 2014. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Thursday-Saturday, October 9-11, 2014 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.  Info: http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival/

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August 20 and 25, 2014 (6:30pm-8:00pm)

August 23, 2014 (1:00pm-2:30pm)

DANCE AUDITIONS

Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

Cost: Free

Desert Dance Theatre is looking for male and female dancers for its 2014-15 season. The classes are free. For more information and audition application go to: http://desertdancetheatre.org/auditions/

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August 22, 2014 (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 dance, art, music, table displays, and giveaways. Performance organizations calling Tempe Center for the Arts “home” will provide a sneak peek into the 2014-15 season.

Step’s Junk Funk and Desert Dance Theatre perform at 6:15pm and 6:30pm.

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September 21, 2014 (2:00pm-6:00pm)

El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Info: http://www.childsplayaz.org/puente

Cost: Free

Join artists Zarco Guerrero, Desert Dance Theatre, Quetzalli Ballet Folklorico, Desert Sounds Mariachi, Sankofa, Primavera, Ollin Yolitztli and many more…

This FREE state-fair-themed event includes fun for the whole family, with an afternoon of food, music, mask making, face painting and featured performances/appearances by local performing artists and community groups. Plus, the first 500 attendees will enjoy a FREE performance of Childsplay’s Charlotte’s Web! To conclude the festival, a masked procession of kids, families and performers will celebrate on the beautiful pedestrian bridge crossing Tempe Town Lake around 5:15pm..

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September 28, 2014 (10:00am-4:00pm)

50th Anniversary Open House

ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287-0105

Info: http://asugammage.com/support/50th-anniversary-events

ASU Gammage opens its doors to the public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Every hour, birthday cake and refreshments will be served compliments of Whole Foods Market. Guests will enjoy self-guided tours or guided tours of the building and backstage. The Sunset Lobby will be filled with children’s activities including Legos, coloring, an Imagination Station as well as hands-on crafts. Plus, enjoy an hour-long video about the history of ASU Gammage. More than 20 Tempe restaurants will be onsite offering free samples including La Bocca, Handlebar, Chompie’s, Rita’s Italian Ice and more. Plus, community and arts partners will be onsite promoting their offerings.

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September 28, 2014 (1:10pm)

2014 D-Backs Dance Day

Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix, Arizona

http://www.azchasefield.com

Info: Tom Demeter, 602-462-4244 or tdemeter@dbacks.com

The Arizona Diamondbacks along with the Arizona Dance Coalition and the Arizona Dance Education Organization, invites you to D-backs Dance Day! Several dance organizations will perform a choreographed routine that will take place on the field prior to the game. The performance will be highlighted on dbTV. Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

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October 10-11, 2014 (7:30pm)
Arizona Dance Festival 2014
Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
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, Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees), VIP Deals – $10 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2014. The event includes a week long schedule of events including: master classes and performances. The festival showcase will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on Friday-Saturday, October 10-11, 2014 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/

Dance classes will be offered around the valley between October 4-15 at discounted prices or FREE. Check the class schedule for details: http://desertdancetheatre.org/adf-class/

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October 20, 2014 (7:30am-4:30pm)
2014 Joint Arts Education Conference: Mapping the Future

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix Arizona 85004

http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/jaec/

This year’s Joint Arts Education Conference: Mapping the Future will provide attendees with the tools and resources they need to chart a course for success in their schools and communities. – See more at: http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/jaec/#sthash.1juSh03Y.dpuf

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October 25, 2014 (10:00am-11:00am)
Step’s Junk Funk at Home Depot

Home Depot, 725 West Warner Road, Tempe AZ 85284

FREE

Step’d Junk Funk will perform various items at the Home Depot and some of their junk funk repertory.

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October 26, 2014 (12:00pm-6:00pm)

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Info: http://diadelosmuertosphx.com

Cost: Free

The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is an interactive, multi-generational, and participatory cultural immersion event blending traditional Mexican experiences with a twist of Southwestern flavor. The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large through culturally relevant programming and activities. Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival takes disappearing folk traditions and reinterprets them, creating new and innovative ways to address important social issues, while encouraging collaborations between local institutions and community artists.

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 will entertain starting at 3:00pm until 6:00pm.

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November 2, 2014 (5:00pm-6:30pm)

Dia de los Muertos Celebration – La Procesion

Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Cost: Free with DBG admission

Details:  The Día de los Muertos festivities at the Garden concludes with La Procesión or Procession. This year, La Procesión will feature new elements as well as the traditions of placing candles at the memorial triptych, honoring loved ones, and enjoying traditional music and dance.

Members of Desert Dance Theatre will join as los Katrines and Calacotes along with the many other performers to help lead the Procesion. All are invited to join in the Procesion.

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November 5, 2014 (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 including repertory for Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group.

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November 7, 2014

THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT – Application Deadline

THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT is open to individuals and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. Ten to fifteen 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. THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT (TGDP) will take place at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on January 9-10, 2015.  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.

Applications can be downloaded from www.DesertDanceTheatre.org. If you have any questions, contact me at 480-962-4584 or at Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org.

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December 4 and 5, 2014 (9:40am and 12:10pm)

Desert Dance Performs with Step’s Junk Funk 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Info: 480.478.6000, http://mim.org/

Details: Desert Dance Theatre performs in Step’s Junk Funk School Assemblies program.

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December 12-14, 2014

Phoenix Festival of the Arts 2014

Phoenix Center for the Arts & Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004 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 9-10, 2015 (7:30pm)

The Genesis Dance Project 2015

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.

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January 17, 2015

Mesa MLK Celebration

Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona

Details: www.Mesamlk.org

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January 29, 2015 (10:45am & 7:00pm)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (School and Public Performances)

Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

10:45am Matinee is available by reservations only through DDT. Cost: $4.50 Students, $5 Adults, Two free Chaperone/Teachers per group of 25 Students.

Tickets for the 7:00pm evening show: $15 General, $12 Senior, $10 Student, $8 Groups of 10+

CCA Box Office: 480-782-2680

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 a string quartet, 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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February 6, 2015 (7:00pm)

Black History Month Celebration “Two Shades of Soul”

hosted by South Chandler Self Help Foundation

Chandler Center for the Arts, Bogle Theater, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

5:30pm Pre-show Dinner

7:00pm Performance

Cost: Free

Details: http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=138

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March 7, 2015 (6:30pm)

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company in Amor de Baile

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Tickets: http://tca.ticketforce.com

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company presents all new “Amor De Baile.” This dramatic evening brings together some of the world’s best talent under one roof for a flamenco extravaganza. Direct from Spain, “Tachu” with his fiery staccato footwork. Phoenix’s premier male dancer and founder of Calo Flamenco, Martin Gaxiola. All dances are accompanied by the winner of Indiana International Guitar Competition, Misael Barraza Diaz!   Don’t miss this spectacular evening of flamenco and entertainment. Desert Dance Theatre and Step’s Junk Funk appear as guests.

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March 23-28, 2015

Desert Dance Theatre presents H.T. Chen & Dancers – AZ Residency

Featured Performances of South of Gold Mountain

Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Desert Dance Theatre presents NYC dance company, H.T. Chen & Dancers in a week-long residency of community outreach activities, school performance and workshops from March 23-28, 2015. The week-long residency will culminate in a featured performance of SOUTH OF GOLD MOUNTAIN at the Tempe Center for the Arts – Theater on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30pm.

The production, South of Gold Mountain, draws from the rich history of the Chinese who settled in the southern states before WWII. Acclaimed modern dance choreographer, H.T. Chen has created a body of work that gives poetic voice to Asians in America.  He and Associate Director, Dian Dong traveled throughout the southern states to conduct oral interviews and gather material to develop the new work.

South of Gold Mountain incorporates dance, oral histories, traditional Chinese music, a contemporary sound score by James Lo, and a multi-generational cast of performers from NYC and AZ. Completing the cast will be local community members to play the roles of the children and elders.

Info and Residency Schedule: http://desertdancetheatre.org/h-t-chen-dancers-az-residency/

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May 8-9, 2015 (TBA)

Desert Dance Theatre’s “Comfort in the Company of Friends”

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Details: TBA

 

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June 12, 2015 (TBA)

Juneteenth Celebration hosted by South Chandler Self Help Foundation

Chandler Center for the Arts, Bogle Theater, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona

Cost: Free

Details: TBA

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Check for updates at 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.

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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.