Season Schedule

Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2017-18

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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November 2, 2017 (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Gateway to the Arts XVII

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

Integrated Education Building, Copper Room/IE 1302

Cost: Free Admission

Details: Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk & Crossroads Performance Group performs a variety of dances from its current repertory.

Contact: Donal Hall at hall@gatewaycc.edu

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November 4, 2017 (11:30am-5:00pm)

8th Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Herberger Theater Center ~ Center Stage, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Festival of the Arts

Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Celebrating the Arts in our Community!

The seventh 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 FREE.

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group perform at 12:00pm-12:20pm on Center Stage.

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November 4-5, 2017 (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: https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration-0

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

Desert Dance Theatre participates as Katrin, Katrina and Calacotes during La Procesión.

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 4, 2017 (4:00pm-6:00pm)

Akshaybhasha presents “Celebrating Universal Tagore”

Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004.

Tickets: $15, VIP Tickets 2 for $100 donation.

RSVP Now: https://tugoz.com/akshaybhasha/

Contact information: akshaybhasha@cox.net

Ravindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1913. A multicultural program highlighting the charm/magic/fact of being American, bringing artists from different communities together using the universal literature of Ravindranath Tagore! ‘Chitta jeth bhayashunyo’ …’ where the mind is without fear…’ an inspirational poem written by Tagore in early 1900s seems to be relevant in 21st century as well, making his literature not only universal but timeless! Knowing Tagore as a poet, as a playwright, as a philosopher, as a storyteller means lightening your heart and enlightening your mind! Come to enjoy this unique presentation of art that proclaims beauty, joy and peace through dance-drama, a short play, a speech on Tagore’s literature, Ravindra Sangeet (music) and poetry through dance!  This program intends to put forth Tagore’s literature using international canvas. The participants bring their artistic heritage from different countries such as China, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Bangladesh and India.

One of the program selections “Lotus” will feature a dance film collaboration, created by Lisa R. Chow (Dancer/Choreographer), Step Raptis (Music Composer), Elizabeth Nelson (Film Director), and Yayu Khoe (Poetry Reader/Singer/Pianist).

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Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 (1:00pm & 2:00pm)

Discount Tire Free Family Weekend: Pairs

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685

Info: (602) 257-1880

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Join us on the second weekend of each month for a whirlwind of great art and hands-on activities. Through the generosity of Discount Tire Company, the Museum offers free general admission on the second weekend of each month, with exciting activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story time, free tours, and more. Each Discount Tire Free Family Weekend features an opportunity to learn about and make art with a featured local Valley artist, from muralists to dancers and more. Free and open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

Desert Dance Theatre performs Step’s Junk Funk Repertory to show the theme of “PAIRS” using everyday objects as musical accompaniment with choreography. Audience participation is encouraged. Two 20-minute presentations starting at 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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November 15-16, 2017 

2017 Arizona Department of Education’s MEGA Conference “A World Of Opportunities”

The Wigwam Resort & Conference Center, 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

This conference will provide workshops and keynote presentations sharing important strategies and resources on implementing Title I programs and services with the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as provide networking opportunities for school leaders and opportunities to highlight and celebrate effective practices and the children we serve.

Wednesday, November 15th is Partnership Expo Day. Our not-for-profit partners will also be on hand to share information on resources available for Title I schools. Additionally, throughout the 2 days of the conference, the ADE will proudly showcase Arizona student works in the Arts and STEAM. Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group will be exhibitors in the EXPO Exhibit Hall.

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December 2, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm) 

22nd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique 

Sundance Crossings, 21699 W. Yuma, Buckeye AZ 85326

Info: 623-349-6350 or recreation@buckeyeaz.gov

Come join the City of Buckeye Community Services Department for a one?stop shop local experience and a bit of family fun at the Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique from 9am?4pm. Over 75 vendors will be showcasing their unique prized creations of art.

Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Pictures with Santa, Handmade Crafts, Local Artisans, Food Vendors, Entertainment and More…

Holiday Entertainment for Everyone!

Step Raptis will be the Guest Emcee!

9am-10am  Desert West Dance Academy

10am Santa Arrival

10:15-1045am Odyssey Institute Company Jr

11am – 12pm Step’s Junk Funk

12:15pm – 1:15 pm AZ Dynasty Cheer & Dance

1:30pm-2pm Odyssey Institute Concert Choir

2pm-3pm  Miguel Rodriquez Guitarist with Step Raptis Percussionist

3pm-4pm  Danzarte Ballet Folkloria

and more….

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January 25, 2018 (9:00am, 10:45am, 6:30pm)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Location: Show Low Auditorium, 500 W. Old Linden Road, Show Low, AZ 85901

Admission for School Matinees (Reservation Form Required): $5 Students (2 FREE Teacher/Chaperones per 25 students), $5 Additional Adults

Evening Show (RSVP Recommended): $5 Students, $10 Adults

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (2018)

Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 26th season. This production 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. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.

This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses 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, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.

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.

Sister Moses brings history to life through music, dance and drama. Sister Moses is entertaining, educational and truly inspirational!

Sister Moses Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/195076754

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

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February 23, 2018 (Time TBA)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ  85032

Tickets: TBA

Info: http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses-story-harriet-tubman-2018/

Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 26th season. This production 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. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.

This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses 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, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.

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.

Sister Moses brings history to life through music, dance and drama. Sister Moses is entertaining, educational and truly inspirational!

Sister Moses Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/195076754

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

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March 22, 2018 (6:30pm)

March 23, 2018 (9:30am, 11:15am)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Location: Trevor G. Browne Auditorium, 7402 W Catalina Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85033 Admission for School Matinees (Reservation Form Required): $5 Students (2 FREE Teacher/Chaperones per 25 students), $5 Additional Adults

Evening Show (RSVP Recommended): $5 Students, $10 Adults

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (2018)

Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 26th season. This production 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. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.

This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses 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, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.

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.

Sister Moses brings history to life through music, dance and drama. Sister Moses is entertaining, educational and truly inspirational!

Sister Moses Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/195076754

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

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Saturday, March 4, 2018 (6:30pm)

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco presents ~ Amor de Baile 4

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

TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822, http://tca.ticketforce.com or www.tempe.gov/tca

Tickets: $25-$35

Featuring: Yumi La Rosa,Desert Dance Theatre/Step’s Junk Funk, and more…

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 ~ PAST EVENTS ~

Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2017-18

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July 14-16, 2017

Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattoboro, Vermont

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group performs throughout the festival.

•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. We’ve put together resources to help you plan your visit.

INFO: http://southernvermontdancefestival.com or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or www.DesertDanceTheatre.org

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July 20, 2017

Arizona Dance Festival Submissions Deadline

Desert Dance Theatre, P.O.Box 25332, Tempe, Arizona 85285

Info: http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival-2017/ or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org, 480-962-4584

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2017. 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 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 and other states.

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October 6-7, 2017 (7:30pm)

Arizona Dance Festival 2017
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: $20 Adult, $18 Senior, $15 Student, $30 for 2 shows, $13 Group of 10 or more, Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees), VIP Deals – $12 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2017. The festival showcase will occur 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 and other states. 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/.

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October 28, 2017 (8:00am-3:30pm)

25th Annual Arizona Statewide Out-of-School Time Conference ~ “School’s Out, Make It Count!”

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Info: http://azafterschool.org

“Out-of-School Time” encompasses all programs that serve K-12 youth in the hours outside the formal school day – after school, before school, on weekends, during summer and other school breaks. For Arizona youth, out-of-school time (OST) programs provide enrichment, support for social and emotional development, and the freedom to explore new interests, activities, and ideas in an informal learning environment.

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group will be represented as exhibitors under the auspices of the Arizona Dance Coalition along with other ADC Members.

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October 29, 2017 (12:00pm-6:00pm)

6th 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.

3:00pm-4:00pm Desert Dance Theatre performs as Katrin & Katrina, and 5:00pm as Los Calacotes for the Procession.

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Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2016-17

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 (3:30pm-5:30pm)

AUDITIONS! Desert Dance Theatre & Step’s Junk Funk 2016-17 Season

LOCATION: Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

PLEASE RSVP by calling/text 602-740-9616 or email at Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org

The audition class is FREE!

~ Need experienced male and female dancers with good rhythm!

·       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.

Regularly scheduled classes/rehearsals are:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturdays 3:30pm-6:30pm or Sundays from 1:30pm-4:30pm or later

Rehearsal schedule may vary as needed.

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

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August 25, 2016

Arizona Dance Festival Submissions Deadline

Desert Dance Theatre, P.O.Box 25332, Tempe, Arizona 85285

Info: http://desertdancetheatre.org/arizona-dance-festival/ or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org, 480-962-4584

Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2016. 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 7-8, 2016 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.

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October 7-8, 2016 (7:30pm)
Arizona Dance Festival 2016
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: $20 Adult, $18 Senior, $15 Student, $30 for 2 shows, $13 Group of 10 or more, Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA) members (Plus box office fees), VIP Deals – $12 Friends of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) (Plus box office fees)

Desert Dance Theatre and the Arizona Dance Coalition present the Arizona Dance Festival 2016. 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 7-8, 2016 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 1 – October 10 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 22, 2016 (8:00am-3:30pm)

24th Annual Arizona Statewide Out-of-School Time Conference ~ “School’s Out, Make It Count!”

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Info: http://azafterschool.org

“Out-of-School Time” encompasses all programs that serve K-12 youth in the hours outside the formal school day – after school, before school, on weekends, during summer and other school breaks. For Arizona youth, out-of-school time (OST) programs provide enrichment, support for social and emotional development, and the freedom to explore new interests, activities, and ideas in an informal learning environment.

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group share as exhibitors in the Arizona Dance Coalition booth along with other ADC Members.

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October 23, 2016 (8;30am-3:00pm)

The Great Pumpkin Festival

Desert Botanical Gardens (Events Plaza, Pumpkin Patch & Community Garden), 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Info: http://www.dbg.org/events/great-pumpkin-festival

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

Celebrate a fall tradition with Desert Botanical Garden. Take a hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch, where children 12 and under can find a perfect pumpkin! Attempt the hay bale maze, decorate your pumpkin and visit the Community Garden to see how pumpkins and vegetables grow. Test your skills on carnival-style games, dance to folk, country and bluegrass music, and meet adorable farm animals.

Step’s Junk Funk performs 9:30am-9:45am and 10:30am-10:45am.

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October 23, 2016 (1:00pm-6:00pm)

5th 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.

3:00pm-3:30pm Desert Dance Theatre performs as Katrin & Katrina, and 5:30pm as Los Calacotes for the Procession.

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October 29-30, 2016 (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.

Desert Dance Theatre participates as Katrin, Katrina and Calacotes during La Procesión.

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 1, 2016 (3:30pm-4:30pm)

Gateway to the Arts XVII

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

Integrated Education Building, Copper Room/IE 1302

Cost: Free Admission

Details: Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk & Crossroads Performance Group performs a variety of dances from its current repertory.

Contact: Donal Hall at hall@gatewaycc.edu

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November 5, 2016 (11:00am-5:00pm)

7th Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Herberger Theater Center ~ Center Stage, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Celebrating the Arts in our Community!

The seventh 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 FREE.

Desert Dance Theatre, Step’s Junk Funk and Crossroads Performance Group perform at 12:00pm-12:20pm on Center Stage.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 (10:0am-3:00pm)

Chandler Multicultural Festival ~ Celebration of Unity

Chandler Fashion Center Mall, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

11:10am-11:25am Desert Dance Theatre performs at the INDOOR STAGE (on the 2nd Floor by the Gap)

Chandler’s 22nd Annual Multicultural Festival is a FREE event that highlights the diversity of our community through cultural music, dance, art and more.  Stop by for two stages of entertainment and performances by our youth Creative Expression Competition winners, with special guests Melrose Poetry Bureau.

For a complete stage schedule and performer bios, visit for the Festival’s main site.

Special Events Hotline 
480-782-2735

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January 15, 2017 (7:00pm)

25th Anniversary of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85225

Tickets: $25 General, $20 Senior, $15 Student, $13 Group of 10+, Friends & Members of Desert Dance Theatre (DDT), Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC), Arizona Presenters Alliance (APA), Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO).

CCA Box Office: 480-782-2680 or http://chandlercenter.org/dance/50-sister-moses

Details:

Desert Dance Theatre presents the 25th Anniversary of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ.

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Desert Dance Theatre presents “The 25th Anniversary of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. The first half of the program begins at 7:00pm, opening with Desert Dance Theatre repertory, including “Marco’s Swing,” choreographed by Lisa R. Chow with original music by Step Raptis; two dances as a tribute to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” performed by Renee Davis and “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” performed by the company; and a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We’re On The Move” (excerpt from Desert Dance Theatre’s “FREE AT LAST”).

We are honored and pleased to have special guest performances by two of the Valley’s Finest Treasures from the World of Jazz Music, Dennis Roland and Charles Lewis.

Gracing the stage will be jazz vocalist, Dennis RowlandThis Detroit native and Phoenix, Arizona resident was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. He is also featured on the Basie Band’s Grammy award-winning record “On the Road.” (http://www.dennisrowland.com)

Energetic, creative, and unforgettable…all words that describe Phoenix piano legend Charles Lewis. Named the first jazz-category inductee to the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, Lewis began performing on the piano at church functions when he was just seven years old. In 1953, he moved from Philadelphia to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, and he started performing in 1954 at the 7th Avenue Elks Club jams. He played with several bands before forming the Charles Lewis Quintet. http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/charles-lewis-legacy-quintet-presented-mim-nash

After intermission, Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 25th season. This production 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. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.

This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses 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, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.

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.

Sister Moses brings history to life through music, dance and drama. Sister Moses is entertaining, educational and truly inspirational! Sister Moses Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/195076754

This performance is made possible by support from the City of Chandler and other sponsors.

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.

Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

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Friday, February 10, 2017 (7:00pm)

Black History Month Celebration ~ Let’s Do It Again ~ Variety Show presented by South Chandler Self Help Foundation & Desert Dance Theatre

Chandler Center for the Arts ~ Bogle Theater, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85225

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 (6:30pm)

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco presents ~ Amor de Baile 3 ~ Flamenco & More

Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822, http://tca.ticketforce.com or www.tempe.gov/tca

Tickets: $25-$35

Featuring: Yumi La Rosa, Kenny Jezek, Martin Gaxiola, Gaetano, Ioannis Goudelis, Max Perrault, Adriel Perrault, Desert Dance Theatre/Step’s Junk Funk, Nicolas Tapia & Stephanie Berg

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 (4:00pm)

Everything Old Is New Again ~ Dance Fusion Showcase and Musical Revue

Co-sponsored by Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center

Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center, 13625 N 32nd Street, (SW corner of 32nd Street and Thunderbird Rd.)

Tickets on sale NOW, $15 online at www.dancefusionaz.com, $25 at the door, children FREE

Adult and Teen dancers take the stage at this unique Variety Show of over 30 dance routines. Meet Guy as his Dance Angel takes him to Broadway, Around the World to Arizona and back to Dance Fusion to find his passion for dance once again.

Family friendly Variety Show with over 100 performers: Dance Fusion Company, Tap Fusion, Divine Chaos Tribal Fusion, LLC, Bruce Goolsby, Rhythm and Motion Dance Theater, The Middle of Somewhere, Desert Dance Theatre/Step’s Junk Funk, Foot Klan, Hogdepodge, U. N. All-Stars, SMYL, Swexy, Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center, Chad and Marie Burson, Jeannie Bernstein and Jim Maranto, Johnny Rigby and Lexi Kenrick, and more…..

Take a Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Ballet, Belly Dance, Bollywood, and Hip Hop adventure to Broadway and Around the World as Dance Fusion brings you this one-of-a-kind Musical Theater Revue with the best Dance Fusion and the Valley has to offer.

 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 (5:00pm-7:30pm)

National Poetry Month Celebration ~ Hop, Skip, Jump Into Poetry

Sponsored by the Arizona Humanities

Mountain View Elementary, 801 W Peoria Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029

Celebrate your family! A Family Fun Event!

Write!  Dance!  Perform!

Workshop with 4th & 5th Graders & Family Participation with Desert Dance Theatre’s Step Raptis and Lisa Chow and Arizona Masters of Poetry’s  Suzanne Sosnowski.

Adult family members must accompany students and are encouraged to participate in the celebration of family!

Activities for K-3 brothers and sisters will be available as will translators.

Pizza!  Raffle prizes!  Free books!

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May 19-20, 2017 CANCELED

Desert Dance Theatre Season Finale Concert

Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca

Details: TBA

Desert Dance Theatre presents its Season Finale Concert at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (1:30pm-4:00pm)

Hop, Skip, Jump Into Reading

Sponsored by the Arizona Humanities

FREE and Open to the Public

Yuma County Library District, Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, Yuma, AZ 85364

YumaLibrary.org

Info: Yuma Library928-782-1871,  Arizona Humanities 602.257.0335 x26

1:30-1:45 – Arizona Humanities Intro
1:45-2:15 – Author – Rodo Sofranac
2:15-3:00 – Words in Motion – Desert Dance Theatre
3:00-3:30 – Author – Ayo Bernal
3:30-4:00 – Illustrator – Sandy Zally
4:00-4:30 – Free Book Give-a-way

 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Mississippi Journey: Three Life Experiences (Life Talks) / Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese (Documentary)

This project was made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1407 North 2nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

FREE ADMISSION ~ RSVP Required by June 12

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: 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.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Step’s Junk Funk ~ Summer Reading Program

Tempe Public Library – Lower Level, 3500 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Step’s Junk Funk utilizes everyday objects as percussive musical instruments which is combined with unique dance choreography. “Junk Funk” is everywhere and anywhere that percussive and resonating sounds can be made. Step’s Junk Funk is movement arts combined with percussive music utilizing found recycled and repurposed objects that produce exciting tonal sounds. Step’s Junk Funk creates a world in which percussive music, dance and drama takes you on a journey that is fun and humorous.

QUESTIONS? 480-350-5500, www.tempe.gov/library

FEE: None

Registration Not Required

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Desert Dance Theatre – Calendar of Events 2015-16

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August 15, 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

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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January 16, 2016 (6:00pm-10:00pm)

Mesa MLK Celebration ~ Many Faces, One Community

Working To End Childhood Hunger

Mesa Community College ~ Performing Arts Center, 1833 West Southern Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

Details: http://www.mesamlk.org

Desert Dance Theatre preforms to Billie Holiday’s “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” and “Strange Fruit” and an excerpt “We’re On The Move” from “Free At Last”

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February 5-6, 2016 (8:00pm)

OC SO-CAL Dance Invitational

Golden West College Theater, 15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Details: www.gwctheater.com

Desert Dance Theatre preforms to Billie Holiday’s “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” and “Strange Fruit” and an excerpt “We’re On The Move” from “Free At Last”

The So-Cal Dance Invitational, under the direction of Nannette Brodie, has been announced for Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 8pm at the Golden West College Theater in Huntington Beach. Eleven acclaimed California and Arizona based choreographers and dance companies will perform.  This is the sixth season of the So-Cal Dance Invitational.

The line up of choreographers and their companies are as follows:

Fuse Modern Dance – Josh Romero; Louise Reichlin – Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers; Jennifer La Curan – Merge Dance Theatre; Deborah Brockus – BrockusRED; Lisa Chow – Desert Dance Theatre; Seda Abay – Kybele Dance Theater; David Herrerra – David Herrerra Performance Company; Nannette Brodie and Erica Villalpando – South Coast Dance Arts; Rachel Wight – Wight Noise Dance Company; Sophie Olson – Sophie Olson Dance Explosion

More than 60 performers are set to participate in the festival.  Participants are coming from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Phoenix for this esteemed event.

Altogether this Invitational is packed with dynamic dance performed by some of the finest dancers in California and Arizona. This collaborative project will help benefit the Golden West College Dance Department and their future efforts to produce quality dance performances, fund educational outreach projects and student scholarships.

The So-Cal Dance Invitational’s mission is to provide access to professional concert dance to the public and to connect the diverse dance community of Southern California.

Photos are available of the dance companies.  Complimentary tickets can be reserved for the Press.  More information about the companies at http://www.socaldanceinvitational.org

 

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March 1, 2016 (10:15am-11:15am)

Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman (School Performance)

Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85225

Details: http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses-story-harriet-tubman-2016/

Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for its 24th Season on March 1, 2016 (10:15am-11:15am) at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ, sponsored by Rudy G. Bologna Elementary School and the Chandler Unified School District.

“Sister Moses” 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 woman of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. 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. Local talent, including individuals from the community as well as students from Bologna Elementary will perform along with the professional cast.  “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten its audiences.

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March 5, 2016 (2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm)

Austin Dance Festival

AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX

Details: www.kdhdance.com

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company presents the Austin Dance Festival with 22 dance companies performing throughout the day. Desert Dance Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Renee Davis will perform a solo, “Strange Fruit” at 8pm.

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March 12, 2016 (6:30pm)

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco presents AMOR DE BAILE 2 ~ Dance Extravaganza

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

Details: http://www.yumilarosa.com or http://tca.ticketforce.com

Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance presents “Amor De Baile 2.”  This dramatic evening brings together some of the world’s best talent under one roof (Flamenco, Raqs Sharqi, Kathak, Modern, & fusion).

Don’t miss this spectacular evening of flamenco and entertainment. Featuring: Manuel Gutierrez, Jose Cortes, Misael Barraza Diaz, Radhika Kotwal, Ava Fleming, Step’s Junk Funk, Leah Gyllenhaal, Max Perrault and Yumi La Rosa.

Step’s Junk Funk will perform as a guest in the show.

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March 18, 2016 (6:00pm-10:00pm)

VelNonArt is pleased to announce
Intersections of (-isms) : Art, Community & Perspectives on Discrimination and Consciousness in America

A socially engaged art event in response to new and ongoing issues that plague our local communities and global society. This exhibition is an opportunity to begin or continue discussions pertaining to social justice and consciousness based on artist’s insights and experiences.

Performance Art (On View March 18)
Visual Art will also be on view. Due to lighting and focus on performance, we recommend attending both nights to engage with each discipline and the artists optimally.
Hosted by Hip Historian Marshall Shore

BlackPoet Ventures featuring PressPlay
Fransisco Phoenics with Sun Set Nights
Joel Salcido
Lisa R. Chow ~ Desert Dance Theatre
Nicole L Olson
Sara Jean Malan-McDonald
Susan Rahman

presented by
Velnonart : Socially Engaged Imagination

hosting organizations
AZCulture.comArtelshow, ASU Project HumanitiesLive on Central

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March 21, 2016 (6:00pm-7:30pm)

FREE Dance Master Class by Camille A. Brown

(Hosted by ASU Gammage, Desert Dance Theatre & Arizona Dance Coalition)

Dance Theater West, 3925 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Details: Please RSVP by 3/20/16 ~ Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org or Text 602-740-9616

The ASU Gammage BEYOND series is proud to welcome Camille A. Brown and Dancers on Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd and from April 11 – 16th. While they are at ASU, they will be conducting residency activities on and off campus. During Camille’s time here, she is interested in working with dancers and non-dancers leading workshops that assist in people finding their individual story through social dance and dialogue around, race, gender and history. As part of ASU Gammage BEYOND series, we work to connect our visiting artists to the surrounding community through such workshops, lectures and conversations.

BIO: Camille has been making headlines with the success of her performance BLACK GIRL- Linguistic Play This performance depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture. In a world where Black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to represent a fuller spectrum of the Black female and the complexity of negotiating themselves in this racially and politically charged world. Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. She is a Bessie Award Winner, USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, 2015 TED Fellow, two-time Princess Grace Award recipient and much, much more. For more information on Camille you may visit her at www.camilleabrown.org. For more about BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play you may visit: ASU Gammage.

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March 26, 2016 (2:00pm & 7:00pm)

Arizona Dance West Festival

Theater Works/Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ

Details: wightnoisedancecompany.com

Desert Dance Theatre performs at 2:00pm. Lisa R. Chow and Step Raptis perform as Crossroads Performance Group at 7:00pm.

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April 1, 2016 (6:00pm-10:00pm)

AGAVE ON THE ROCKS

Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

480-941-1225

 

Details: http://www.dbg.org/events/agave-rocks

 

Celebrate the agave and light at the 14th annual Agave on the Rocks, showcasing Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden.

Enjoy a margarita upon arrival, savor gourmet eats prepared by the Valley’s best restaurants and caterers and Samba under the stars to vibrant beats.

DINING AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS

• Guests will be served a welcome margarita upon arrival in a glowing glass (non-alcoholic drink will be available and guests can keep the glass)

• Unlimited samples of gourmet cuisine from renowned Valley restaurants and caterers

• Full cash bars will be located throughout the Garden offering a variety of agave inspired cocktails.

• Sample the evening’s featured tequilas at the Suerte Tequila sampling station. A representative will be present to answer any questions and discuss the finer points of tasting.

• Open:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

• Located in Dorrance Hall

ENTERTAINMENT

Light-up the night with captivating entertainment by some of the Arizona’s most brilliant performers:

Guitarras Latinas

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

Vox Urbana

Craig Davis, Magician

Step’s Funk Junk

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April 16, 2016 (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Desert Dance Theatre/Step’s Junk Funk

Florence Community Library, 778 N. Main Street, Florence AZ 85132

Details: FREE. Lecture Demonstration presented by Desert Dance Theatre and Step’s Junk Junk performing current repertory.

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May 23-28, 2016

“South of Gold Mountain” Residency and Performances with H.T. Chen & Dancers

Performances: Fri 27 May 2016 – Sat 28 May 2016 (7:30pm – 9:30pm)

Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, TX 77004
713.496.9901

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 20, 2016 (5:30pm-6:30pm)

Summer Performance Series

Maricopa Public Library, 4100 West Smith-Inke Road, Maricopa, Arizona 85138

Details: FREE. Lecture Demonstration presented by Step’s Junk Junk, performing current repertory.

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June 21, 2016 (10:00am & 11:00am)

Summer Performance Series

Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Details: FREE. Lecture Demonstrations presented by Step’s Junk Junk, performing current repertory.

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June 28, 2016 (2:00pm)

Summer Performance Series

Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

Details: FREE. Lecture Demonstration presented by Step’s Junk Junk, performing current repertory.

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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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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.