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Dancing your way through summer

Students at Plumb Performing Arts Center

The Valley’s summer camp scene features all kinds of dance options for preschoolers through teens–including week- or month-long programs as well as daily drop-in classes in everything from classical ballet to musical theater.

The School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix has partnered with Southwest Classical Dance Institute to present master classes for intermediate and advanced students, including a summer session with Rudolf Kharatian and Marat Daukeyev June 28-July 3.

Ballet Arizona also presents a summer intensive program that includes three- and four-week options. Students begin each day with a ballet class—and also study pointe, variations, modern, character, jazz, flamenco and Pilates.

Students in levels I-VII benefit from “added dance curriculum and immersion in week-long music and movement programs which feature an informal showcase of choreography.”

The School of Ballet Arizona program begins June 1. Details at www.balletaz.org.

Dance Theater West in Phoenix offers three summer dance options, including “A Summer Nutcracker” for ages 11 through teens with two years minimum experience in ballet (June 1-4). Training includes “classical ballet, partnering and optional pointe.”

Dance Theater West students-Photo by Todd Grossman

They’ll present three musical theater workshops featuring ballet, modern, jazz, acting, singing and sign language for ages 10 through teens. Themes include “High School Musical” (June 7-11), “Billy Elliott” (June 14-18) and “Alice in Wonderland” (June 21-25).

Dance Theater West also offers “Summerdance for Kids” for ages, including “Little Kids on Broadway” (June 1-4) with an afternoon option to participate in “A Summer Nutcracker” and “Little Kids on Broadway” with “arts & playtime” (June 21-25). Details at www.dancetheaterwest.com.

Phoenix Theatre presents “Summer of Dance” June 1-July 31—which features classes in musical theatre, Fosse, tap (2 levels), hip hop, yoga and turns/leaps. Students in the musical theatre class will explore “a new genre of musical theatre” every week, and students in the Fosse class will learn routines from the most famous Bob Fosse musicals.

The program offers several options, including a $10/class drop-in rate, a 5-pack of classes for $40 and a $125 pass for students who want the freedom to attend as many dance classes as they like each week. Classes meet various dates and times.

Phoenix Theatre also offers summer master classes for ages 16 and up—which cost just $25 each. Topics include the psychology of auditioning and a physical approach to acting, as well as two classes focused on improvisation and two classes focused on Shakespeare. Details at www.phoenixtheatre.com.

Jeanne’s School of Dance in Mesa presents “Jeanne’s Summer Dance Camp Extravaganza

Students with Jeanne's School of Dance

2010” July 26-30 featuring “all the different styles of dance Jeanne’s has to offer”–which include ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, lyrical and pom/cheer.

The school, which holds classes in four locations (Mesa, East Mesa, Chandler and Queen Creek), also offers a ballet summer intensive program for two 4-week sessions (June 1-24 and June 28-July 22). This program is for “serious ballet students” (usually nine or older) and includes training in ballet/pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, dance theory and Pilates

Jeanne’s “Early Bird Special” for the summer intensive is offered through June 1. Details at www.jeannesdance.net.

Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale offers a summer program with weekly options June 21-July 8. The center will feature classes for various ages/abilities in five different studios. Classes offer full day (9am-3pm) and half day options (with morning session/afternoon session options for the preschool set).

Classes for preschoolers include tap/ballet, tumbling/jazz, ballet arts/craft and ballet story time. Classes for ages 9-12 include stretch condition/ballet barre, ballet center/leaps/jumps, tap, contemporary, choreography, hip hop and more. Details at www.plumbpac.com.

Student with the School of Ballet Arizona

Consider dance camps and classes as you’re reviewing summer options with your child.

Dance has much to offer your child’s world, and your child has much to offer the world of dance.


Note: For a comprehensive directory of summer programs for youth, consult “Summer Solutions” from Raising Arizona Kids magazine—which features hundreds of options compiled with care by our remarkable calendar & directories editor Mala Blomquist.

Coming up:  The power of performing arts for students with special needs

Today’s tidbit: Phoenix Theatre’s Greasepaint Youtheatre presents “Greasepaint’s Season Spotlight”–a celebration of all their performers and volunteers featuring entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, awards and more–tonight at Greasepaint in Scottsdale. Information on this fundraiser/performance is available on the Phoenix Theatre website.


Broadway, beads, ballet and brass

Bring a bit of the arts into your weekend with one or more of these events featuring dance, music, theater or the visual arts…

Dance performance

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. March 20 at Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater). mesaartscenter.com.

Essential Martha Graham: Classics of the Martha Graham Dance Company. March 19 and 20 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Music performance

Salt River Brass Concert: Way Out West. March 21 at Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater). mesaartscenter.org.

Children from "HopeKids" pose with the cast of "Cats" at the Arizona Broadway Theatre after attending a special evening performance.

Theater performance

“Blithe Spirit” presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company through March 20 at Mesa Arts Center (Farnsworth Studio). A comedic work by playwright Noel Coward in which a writer researching a novel about the paranormal accidentally conjures the spirit of his biggest fan (his first wife). mesaartscenter.org.

“Cats” presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. 1983 ‘best musical’ Tony Award winner with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Visit azbroadwaytheatre.com for details, including menu information.

“George M” presented by Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa. Patriotic musical about an early American show business superstar. broadwaypalmwest.com for details, including menu information.

“The Hobbit” presented by Valley Youth Theatre. Opens today at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. Play version of the classic tale featuring Bilbo’s quest for a treasure needed to save all the Hobbits of Middle Earth. vyt.com.

“The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album” presented by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company through March 21 at Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts. A true story by playwright Mark Harelik that recounts the 1909 immigration of two Eastern European Jews to a small Texas town through a resettlement program called the “Galveston Movement.” azjewishtheatre.org.

“Johnny Guitar” presented by Theater Works through March 28 at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Family-friendly musical with Old West theme. theaterworks.org.

“The Princess and the Pea” presented by the Children’s Theatre at Hale Centre Theatre through June 26 at Hale Center Theatre in Gilbert. The classic fairy tale in which a prince uses unusual means to find his one true princess. haletheatrearizona.com.

“Secret Order” presented by Actors Theatre through March 21 at Herberger Theater Center (Stage West) in Phoenix. A “suspenseful bio-medical psychological thriller” from Playwright Bob Clyman that considers this question: “What if you discovered the cure for cancer?” herbergertheater.org.

“Sweet Charity” presented by Tempe Little Theatre. Opens today at Tempe Center for the Arts. Musical comedy with book by Neil Simon that follows the adventures of a nightclub dancer who thinks she’s met her Mr. Right. tempe.gov/TCA.

“You Don’t Have to Take It!” presented by Fountain Hills Community Theater Youth Theater opens today. fountainhillstheater.com.

Kellie Agee. Photo by Daniel Friedman.

Arts-related Fundraisers

“Bead Inspired” fundraiser presented by Bead Inspired, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to empowering the quality of life of children coping with cancer and other serious illness” that works with more than 60 children’s hospitals nationwide (including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon Children’s Medical Center). 10am-4pm March 20 at Mesa Center for the Performing Arts (Wells Fargo Garden). Features live music, glass bead making, Phoenix Coyotes mascot, traditional Pow Wow dancers and more. Free. mesaartscenter.org.

(From the RAK Library: Read Daniel Friedman’s story about Kellie Agee, whose beads symbolize her fight against leukemia.)

“Broadway in the Hills” fundraiser presented by Fountain Hills Community Theater March 20 at the Radisson Resort at Ft. McDowell in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills. Features dinner, live entertainment and live/silent auctions. fhct.org.

More family fun

Look for weekend updates “Stage Mom” style every Friday. We’ll feature arts-related events—especially those that are family-friendly. Always check ahead to assure the suitability of material for your child or teen, and to verify event details (date, time, venue, cost, etc.).

Check our online calendar at raisingarizonakids.com each day to find fun, family-friendly activities from story times and puppet shows to craft lessons and outdoor adventures. Please check online for guidelines and information about how to submit calendar information for consideration.

If you’re presenting an arts performance or experience that you’d like to see featured in an upcoming “Stage Mom” weekend update, please drop me a line at rakstagemom@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from diverse arts organizations, local schools and colleges, and others offering unique family-friendly fare.