Dance takes flight

Photo Lynn Trimble

Art takes flight at the Children's Museum of Tucson

Mesa Arts Center is looking for 100 students, families, individuals, older adults and dancers to help build an “Arizona Centennial Dance.”

It’ll be performed at the “Mesa Takes Flight” festival at the Mesa Arts Center Feb. 11-12, 2012. 

The downside? No disco ball trophy for the best dancer. The upside? No need for experience or fancy footwear.

Several “special introductory dance workshops” are being held next weekend at the Mesa Arts Center Dance Studio to help folks who might like to participate in the project “explore the concepts of flight for the dance” and learn more about the dance citizens will be creating together. It sounds fabulously creative and collaborative, so let’s hope politicians are invited too. There’s no cost to attend.

MAC was kind enough to share these lovely details about when workshops are being offered.

Fri, Dec. 9 –Older Adults 1:30-3pm

Fri, Dec. 9 – ALL Welcome 3:30-5pm

Sat Dec. 10 – Families 10:30am-Noon

Sat, Dec. 10 – Dancers/Dance Students 1:30-3pm 

Dancers will have the opportunity to work under the direction of dancer, choreographer and ASU instructor Elizabeth Johnson.

Photo Lynn Trimble

Kite hanging at the Children's Museum of Tucson

Children who register for the “Alvin Ailey — 2012 Spring Break Dance Experience” at Mesa Arts Center will enjoy training with dance professionals from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, one of our country’s finest. The opportunity to train with Alvin Ailey dancers here in Arizona is rare.

A week of master classes called “Throughlines” takes place March 12-16 (mornings). It’s for 8-11 year olds and costs just $25 (which includes two tickets to an Alvin Ailey American Dance Company performance at the MAC).

Several two-hour workshops with Alvin Ailey dancers also take place that week — including “Young at Art” workshops in African Dance and Hip Hop/Jazz Dance for 8-11 year olds, and “Teen Extension” workshops in African Dance and Hip Hop/Jazz for 12-16 year olds. The age 17+ set can enjoy a “Young Professionals Dance Workshop” featuring modern dance technique.

Photo Lynn Trimble

Still flying at the Children's Museum of Tucson

All the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company workshops are modestly priced and registration opens this week, so make haste if your child is keen on such opportunities.

Please note that the MAC is also offering several dance classes with CONDER/dance, plus a variety of other classes in the performing and visual arts. 

Enrolling your children in dance classes is all good and fine, but don’t overlook the “Mesa Takes Flight” opportunity for the rest of us. Why settle for only the Twitter bird when you can move beyond your thumbs and let the rest of your body take flight for a change?

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about MAC classes and workshops

Coming up: Exploring the Children’s Museum of Tucson

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