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Arianni Martin and Randy Crespo, Ballet Arizona
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The Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC) is a statewide, membership-based nonprofit organization founded on the premise to:

  • assist and connect dance communities with themselves and the general public,
  • promote dance and its benefits to the general public through the production of festivals, master classes, lectures and demonstrations, and
  • provide an organization and website that offers resources and services related to the field of dance.

Our purpose is to:

  • Create connections and communication statewide between the general public, dance artists, dance educators, dance companies, venues and others in dance-related fields
  • Produce educational opportunities for the general public, and specialized dance workshops /master classes for dancers and dance instructors (professional development)
  • Provide resources, services and opportunities for dancers
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits of dance education and dancing
  • Facilitate dance forums
  • Fundraise to produce and sponsor dance events, festivals, workshops and provide dance scholarships
  • Provide and maintain an informational website listing events, articles and blogs on dance and related topics, and archiving our monthly e-publication ~ the Arizona Dance e-Star

ADC membership is for dancers, dance organizations, choreographers, dance educators, musicians/composers for dance, production and technical artists, venues/presenters of dance, sponsors, and those who are passionate and committed to the growth and development of the art of dance and its related fields.

Join us in our efforts to bring dance to the forefront of Arizona’s arts community. Become a member, volunteer and sponsor today!

Executive Board
Arizona Dance Coalition

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ADC Activities/Events 2014

February 1, 2014

ADC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Richard Holden (Tucson) on Saturday, February 1, during the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra concert at the Pima Community College CFA, Tucson, honoring his significant contribution to dance in ARIZONA since 1967 when he worked with and later directed the Tucson Civic Ballet, and then when he moved here in 1987, founded the Kalinda Russian Dancers, and performed and choreographed for many studios and companies in  Arizona. The award artist, Al Tucci, donated a print — “Monsoon Rain” — grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the ceremony. You can read about both Holden and Tucci in the February Arizona Dance e-Star (pgs 13-14) found under the “Newsletter” tab above.

January 10-11, 2014

THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT 2014 – ADC will facilitate the post-performance Q & A at The Genesis Dance Project 2014 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival showcases various dance artists from around Arizona and around the country. Audience members will gain insights to the creative processes of the various participant choreographers.

January 12, 2014

ADC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & BRUNCH - Meet ADC Board of Directors and Members from around the state. ADC Regional Representatives will share dance news from their regions. Guest speakers TBA.  Each guest speaker will share information about their organizations, arts education advocacy and update on the various programs and opportunities that they offer. The brunch meeting will be held at The Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain, 6101 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix (S of Southern on west side of 32nd Street) from 11:00am-1:00pm. The “no host” brunch menu is available at http://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/morning-glory-patio/

The ADC Board Meeting will follow directly after from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer or board member are welcome to stay. Please RSVP by January 8th at gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or text 602-740-9616.

PAST EVENTS 2013

January 13, 2013

ADC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & BRUNCH – Meet ADC Board of Directors and Members from around the state. ADC Regional Representatives will share dance news from their regions. We will have two guest speakers, Lynn Monson, representative of Arizona Dance Educators Organization (AzDEO), and Alex Nelson, representative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA). Each guest speaker will share information about their organizations, arts education advocacy and update on the various programs and opportunities that they offer. The brunch meeting will be held at The Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain, 6101 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix (S of Southern on west side of 32nd Street) from 11:00am-1:00pm. The “no host” brunch menu is available at http://www.MorningGloryCafeAZ.com/

The ADC Board Meeting will follow directly after from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer or board member are welcome to stay. Please RSVP by January 9th at gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or 480-962-4584.

February 4, 2013

ARTS CONGRESS 2013ADC will participate as an Event Sponsor at Arts Congress on Monday, February 4th at the Arizona State Capitol, House Lawn, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. As an event sponsor, ADC will send four representatives from the dance community to speak to legislators from their legislative districts. Arizona Citizens for the Arts will host a day of celebration and advocacy for arts, culture and arts education in Arizona. Please join us for Arts Congress 2013.

What is Arts Congress?
Arts Congress is an annual advocacy day, which takes place at the Arizona State Capitol. This is an important day, when you have the opportunity to speak to your legislators and tell them why you support the arts and how the arts have made a difference in your life. For more info about Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts and Arts Congress 2013 go to: http://www.azcitizensforthearts.org/

March 31, 2013

ADC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE - ADC will present Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA) to Arizona dance professionals that have demonstrated exemplary artistry in performance, choreography, direction and staging and/or leadership, research, scholarship, philanthropy or service to dance in Arizona. Deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2013. Download the nomination form: 2013 ADC LAA Nomination Form or contact gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL.

October 1, 2013

FREE MASTER CLASS with LUKE MILLER from SUSAN MARSHALL & COMPANY - Sponsored by ASU Gammage, ADC co-hosts this free master class with Dance Theater West. The class will will take place on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

RSVP to gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or call/text 602-740-9616. Space is limited. PLEASE RSVP by September 30th.

Collaborative Methods in Dance Making
This class, aimed at both choreographers and dancers, offers several approaches for generating movement in collaborative environments. Using improvisation, composition, and performance skills, we will simulate a “mini-process” in order to explore ways of generating phrases, manipulating material, and creating dances.

The world renowned Susan Marshall & Company’s repertory is an innovative body of work that blends virtuosic athleticism, ordinary movement, and gesture. The Company has a long history of multidisciplinary collaboration, with over 40 works made in collaboration with musicians, visual artists, and designers.

For more information about the Susan Marshall & Company: www.sumac.org

October 11-12, 2013

ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2013 – ADC will facilitate the post-performance Q & A at the Arizona Dance Festival 2013 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival showcases various dance artists from around Arizona and around the country. Audience members will gain insights to the creative processes of the various participant choreographers.

October 19-20, 2013

DANCE FESTIVAL OF SO AZ

The ARIZONA DANCE COALITION (ADC) in partnership with the ARIZONA DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION (AzDEO) are presenting the first DANCE FESTIVAL OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA (DFOSA) October 19-20, 2013.

The dance festival will consist of:

  • 30 dance classes (Tucson High School) for high-school age and older dance students and dance teachers in So AZ.  Special  guest master teachers  include Anita Feldman (Hofstra U, Hempstead, NY) Chad Michael Hall (U of California, Irvine, CA), and Kathleen Sinclair of Ballet Yuma and ten others. Read the 28-page Book of Details posted on the event page www.azdancecoalition.org/dance-fest-soaz/
  • Five introductory dance classes for the general public for $5 offered by ADC members: Xanadu (Middle Eastern), Learn-to-Tango,  ZUZI! (Modern & Aerial Dance) and Barbara Schuessler (Flamenco).
  • A performance ~ STEP to the Rhythm, DANCE to the Rhythm ~ on Saturday evening, 7 pm, at University HS,  by 22 AZ dance artists and guests representing all genres and styles.

For details, documents, links, click the first tab above - DANCE Fest So AZ. Questions, call 520-743-1349 or email gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@anytsyrK.

SPONSORS
We are looking for sponsors for the event. If you are in a position to donate or know of a person or organization that would be interested in supporting DFOSA, please contact Krystyna at 520-743-1349 or email gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@anytsyrKSPONSORS for the Dance Festival include Desert Diamond Casinos, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, LaFrontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference and DancInc. Scholarships are available to Sahuarita high school students and Ballet Folklorico high school dancers. 

October 24, 2013

ADC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE

Lisa Chow, President of the Arizona Dance Coalition, presented Frances Smith Cohen with the Arizona Dance Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, October 24, at Herberger Theater Center. This was opening night for Center Dance Ensemble’s 25th Season presenting The 7 Deadly Sins, featuring The Tragedy of Othello. Lisa was one of the first dancers in Fran’s company in 1989 and often performed as a featured soloist. The award was a welded steel miniature sculpture donated by artist Agnese Udinotti. Read full article on ADC e-Star for November 2013 on page 10-11.

November 2, 2013

2013 ARIZONA STATE AFTERSCHOOL CONFERENCE - ADC will be an exhibitor at the 2013 Arizona Statewide Afterschool Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center, providing teaching dance artists opportunities to showcase their afterschool program ideas and connect with community, school and government leaders.

PAST EVENTS 2012

January 29, 2012

ADC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & BRUNCH – Meet ADC Board of Directors and Members from around the state. ADC Regional Representatives will share dance news from their regions. Catherine “Rusty” Foley, Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, will provide insights to arts advocacy, arts promotion and how to engage politicians in the arts. The brunch meeting will be held at The Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain, 6101 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix (S of Southern on west side of 32nd Street) from 11:00am-1:00pm. The “no host” brunch menu is available at http://www.MorningGloryCafeAZ.com/

The ADC Board Meeting will follow directly after from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer or board member are welcome to stay. Please RSVP by January 25th at gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or 480-962-4584.

February 6, 2012

FREE MASTER CLASS with CONTRA TIEMPO - Sponsored by ASU Gammage Cultural Participation, ADC co-hosts this free master class with Desert Dance Theatre and Dance Theater West. The class will will take place on Monday, February 6 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a Los Angeles based dance company, founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez. The company fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, and abstract dance theater. This master class will use this unique style of fusing forms to move dancers through an exploration of their bodies as creative, conscious and connected movers. RSVP to gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or 602-740-9616. Space is limited.

February 7, 2012

ARTS CONGRESS 2012: Celebrating 100 Years of the Arts in Arizona – ADC will participate as an Event Sponsor at Arts Congress on Tuesday, February 7th at the Arizona State Capitol, House Lawn, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. In honor of Arizona’s Centennial, Arizona Citizens for the Arts will host a day of celebration and advocacy for arts, culture and arts education in Arizona. Please join us for Arts Congress 2012.

What is Arts Congress?
Arts Congress is an annual advocacy day, which takes place at the Arizona State Capitol. This is an important day, when you have the opportunity to speak to your legislators and tell them why you support the arts and how the arts have made a difference in your life. For more info about Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts and Arts Congress 2012 go to: http://www.azcitizensforthearts.org/

February 7, 2012

FREE PASSES TO PINA SCREENING - IFC Films presents a Special Advance Screening of PINA, a thrilling new 3D documentary based off the life of dancer Pina Bausch and directed by Wim Wenders (www.ifcfilms.com). The film is showing on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00pm at Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. ADC has a limited number of free passes for ADC Members. Please contact Lisa Chow at gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or call/text 602-740-9616 OR contact Lauren Kawam at moc.mideillanull@mawaKL.

March 1, 2012

WIN A FREE DVD OF THE NEW RELEASE OF FOOTLOOSE – The DVD Release Party for FOOTLOOSE will be at the Tempe Marketplace on March 4, 2012 from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Here is a chance to win a free DVD of the new Footloose to be released on March 6, 2012. The first two people to email the correct answers to the five trivia questions below will be selected determined by the date & time posted on their reply.

  1. Who were the two lead actors who starred in the 1987 classic DIRTY DANCING?
  2. Who were the two dancers/actors who starred in the 1985 film WHITE NIGHTS?
  3. Who is the famous tap dancer who starred in RENAISSANCE MAN as Drill Sergeant Cass?
  4. What Academy-Award nominated film about a famous German dancer/choreographer came out recently in theaters?
  5. What year was the original movie FOOTLOOSE released?

Please email your answers to gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL or on the ADC Facebook Page by March 6, 2012.

March 31, 2012

ADC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE - ADC will present Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA) to Arizona dance professionals that have demonstrated exemplary artistry in performance, choreography, direction and staging and/or leadership, research, scholarship, philanthropy or service to dance in Arizona. Deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2012. Download the nomination form: 2012 ADC LAA Nomination Form or contact gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiL.

April 14 & 21, 2012

ADC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEES

ADC presented two Lifetime Achievement Awards (LAA) to Arizona dance professionals that have demonstrated exemplary artistry in performance, choreography, direction and staging and/or leadership, research, scholarship, philanthropy or service to dance in Arizona. On April 14, 2012, Jeanne Wright was given the ADC LAA 2012 at CONDER/dance inextricably linked at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Also, the second ADC LAA 2012 was presented to Ann Ludwig at A Ludwig Dance Theatre’s 35th anniversary concert, “Celebrating 35 Years of Dance: Looking Back; Moving Forward” at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 21, 2012. Read full article on ADC e-Star May 2012 on page 9-10.

October 12-13, 2012

ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2012 – ADC will facilitate the post-performance Q & A at the Arizona Dance Festival 2012 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival showcases various dance artists from around Arizona and around the country. Audience members will gain insights to the creative processes of the various participant choreographers.

PAST EVENTS 2011

January 6, 2011

RECYCLING COSTUMES FOR DANCE WORKSHOP – ADC presents Recycling Costumes for Dance at Dance Theater West in Phoenix. This 2-hour workshop is designed to help dancers recycle past costumes. Some basic sewing and dyeing information will be shared as well as quick tips on easy changes. Participants are encouraged to bring 1 costume for review and group discussion. The workshop will be lead by Marlina Kessler of 12th Street Costumes and Dancewear. Free Event! Donations welcomed.

January 8, 2011

ARIZONA DANCE COALITION ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – ADC hosts an open reception prior to its Annual Membership Meeting. The dance community and general public are invited to attend. Special guest speakers may include but not limited to: community arts leader knowledgeable about philanthropy, senior members of the dance community with extensive knowledge and history in the world of dance, and an established dance educator from the Arizona Dance Education Organization. ADC will announce new board members and present a Lifetime Achievement Award to a prominent dance figure in the dance community.

February 10, 2011

RECYCLING COSTUMES FOR DANCE WORKSHOP – ADC presents Recycling Costumes for Dance at Dance Theater West in Phoenix. This 2-hour workshop (7-9 pm) is designed to help dancers recycle past costumes. Some basic sewing and dyeing information will be shared as well as quick tips on easy changes. Participants are encouraged to bring 1 costume for review and group discussion. The workshop will be lead by Marlina Kessler of 12th Street Costumes and Dancewear. Free Event! Donations welcomed.  RSVP by Feb 9, moc.liamgnull@semutsocteertsht21 or 480-200-9116.

March 28, 2011

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS TAP DANCE COMPETITION for ages 16-30.  Cash prizes ranging from $150-$50 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Winners will be announced April 30 and will get to perform their winning choreography at the Sounds of the Soles of the Southwest performance May 21 during the National TAP Dance Day Celebration in Tucson.  For details, contact gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@anytsyrK or call 520-743-1349.  Submissions will be adjudicated by tap masters outside the community to insure anonymity and fairness in judging.  Deadline for submissions: March 28, 2011

ADC MEMBERS TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS. New members may receive a nomination form from Lisa Chow, gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@asiLDeadline for nominations is March 31, 2011. Winners will be announced throughout the year at the various festivals and dance events co-sponsored by the ADC.

May 21-22, 2011

NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY CELEBRATION – ADC co-sponsors this annual tap dance festival through grants awarded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Master tap dance classes and lecture demonstrations for ages 10 and up and levels beginner through advanced will be held at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus, Tucson.  Sounds of the Soles of the Southwest performance will be held on Saturday, May 21 @ 7 pm.  Tap dancers from across Arizona are invited to perform.  Contact gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@anytsyrK for submission details.  To keep a tradition alive, all are invited to come up on stage and perform the Shim Sham Shimmy at the end of the show.   The weekend celebration will culminate with a free to the public performance by master class participants, a TAP JAM and possible tap challenge.  A lecture on the history of TAP will be included.  More details will be available closer to the event.  Discounts for ADC members available.  Discount deadline for master class registration:  April 1.

September 10, 2011

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE GET OUT PERFORMING ARTS EXPO – ADC partners with Desert Dance Theatre as co-sponsors of an exhibit booth at the East Valley Tribune 12th Annual Get Out Performing Arts Expo at the Mesa Arts Center. We are providing an opportunity for our local dance artists to share their season offerings to the general public.

October 7-8, 2011

ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2011 – ADC will facilitate the post-performance Q & A at the Arizona Dance Festival 2010 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival showcases various dance artists from around Arizona and around the country. Audience members will gain insights to the creative processes of the various participant choreographers.

November 19, 2011

ARIZONA AFTERSCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – ADC will be an exhibitor at the 2011 Arizona Statewide Afterschool Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center, providing teaching dance artists opportunities to showcase their afterschool program ideas and connect with community, school and government leaders. ADC Members are given the opportunity to share their offerings in ADC’s booth.

December 18, 2011

ADC MEET & GREET – ADC hosts a MEET & GREET in Tucson from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the University Dance Project, 6318 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson (SE corner of Broadway & Wilmot, near the El Charro Cafe visible in the El Mercado Shopping Center). Meet the ADC officers and colleagues to learn about ADC and its mission. Join us to share ideas/information, network, celebrate, and get involved. RSVP by December 16th at gro.noitilaoCecnaDzAnull@anytsyrK or 520/743-1349.

 

PAST EVENTS 2010

October 8-9, 2010

ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2010 – ADC will facilitate the post-performance Q & A at the Arizona Dance Festival 2010 at Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival showcases various dance artists from around Arizona and around the country. Audience members will gain insights to the creative processes of the various participant choreographers.

October 8-10, 2010

TUCSON MEET YOURSELF FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL - ADC partners with Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival in Downtown Tucson by offering opportunities for dancers and volunteers for the event. The event focuses on worldwide cultural arts and ethnic traditions. Free dance classes will be offered at the Leo Rich Theatre. Free Event!

October 20-24, 2010

NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION CONFERENCE 2010 – ADC will be an Exhibitor at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference 2010. The NDEO, in cooperation with Arizona Dance Education Organization and the Herberger Institute School of Dance at Arizona State University, presents a 5 day conference exploring how dance can prepare students for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century.

October 21-22, 2010

LEARNING FROM A LEGEND: BILL EVANS TECHNIQUE & COMPOSITION WORKSHOP – ADC offers two scholarships to high school students with financial hardships to attend the Bill Evans Workshop as part of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in Tempe.

November 14, 2010

TAP IMPROV 101: MINDS & FEET – ADC presents Tap Improv 101: Minds & Feet at Tap Sensation Studio in Tucson. A panel of Tucson tap dance artists and jazz musicians will lead a discussion and demonstration on “how to” prepare for Tap Jams and Challenges. Welcome to guest panelist, Chrissy Jones! Free Event! Donations welcomed.

November 20, 2010

ARIZONA AFTERSCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – ADC will be an exhibitor at the 2010 Arizona Afterschool Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center, providing teaching dance artists opportunities to showcase their afterschool program ideas and connect with community, school and government leaders.

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