Dance roundup

It’s a busy week for Valley dancers as they prepare for all sorts of classes, performances and travels — including those noted below.

A Scorpius peformance of Catwalk

Scorpius Dance Theatre presents a “Summer Showcase and Dance Marathon Weekend” Aug 26 and 27 at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix. The event includes “an intimate dance showcase” and “marathon of master classes.”

Artistic director Lisa Starry says she draws inspiration from “pop culture,” creating works that combine humor and drama with “both organic and technical movement.”

Funds raised through ticket sales will help the company travel to Whitby, England for a performance of “A Vampire Tale” at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. I’m told discount showcase tickets are available at www.showup.com.

Previous Breaking Ground performance

CONDER/dance is searching for contemporary choregraphic work, dance films, site-specific work and art installations for their 5th annual “Breaking Ground” festival, to be held Jan 28, 2012 at Tempe Center for the Arts. Applications must be postmarked by Oct 15.

The adjudication panel for “Breaking Ground” 2012 includes Carley Conder (artistic director for CONDER/dance), Ashleigh Leite (artistic director for Ashleigh Leite Dance), Jennifer Tsukayama (director of performing arts for the Arizona Commission on the Arts) and Mary Fitzgerald (professor at ASU’s Herberger School of Dance).

The 2012 festival will include a matinee performance of student work and another performance for professional work. Artists enrolled in high school, community college, undergraduate or graduate university programs can apply, and will receive adjudicator feedback on their work.

A young student at Kriti Dance

Kriti Dance is once again providing halftime entertainment for the Phoenix Mercury. Folks who attend the Sept 3 Phoenix Mercury game at the U.S. Airways Center will see youth and adults from Kriti Dance perform Bollywood style dance, which can be hard to find in other venues.

Kriti Agarwal reports that they have a limited number of tickets for the Sept 3 game available for a reduced price –which also gets you a free foam finger and free ride on the light rail that day.  

My favorite bit of dance news for the week comes out of Scottsdale Community College. They’re starting a new dance class this Saturday designed for “individuals with and without special needs who are interested in creative movement and performance.”

SCC reports that their “Uniquely Abled Dance Class” is “a first of its kind at the Maricopa Community Colleges.” The class includes “creative movement practices, technique development, choreographic development and a performance.” Classes take place Saturdays between Aug 27 and Dec 10, and registration is required. 

— Lynn

Coming up: “Boys Are Dumb, Girls Are Mean”

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