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Title: Intermediate Modern Dance Class with Frances Cohen
Location: Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Description: Intermediate Modern Dance Class by Frances Cohen
Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Frances Cohen, artistic director of Center Dance Ensemble is offering her Tuesday night Intermediate Modern Dance class as part of the Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) activities.

The class is free and open to the general public with purchase of a ticket to one or more ADF performances at Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7-8. Bring your ticket to the class for proof of purchase or buy tickets before the class begins.

TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or

The class is free to ADC Members and to ADF Participants who are performing in the show.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 3, 2011.
For more information call Lisa Chow at 480-962-4584.
Date: 2011-10-04

Frances Smith Cohen (Artistic Director of Center Dance Ensemble) is a teacher, choreographer, administrator and dance graduate from Bennington College in Vermont. She was dance director of the Jewish Community Center in Tucson for 18 years, and directed the first touring dance company in Arizona, the Kadimah Dancers. In 1963 Frances helped create Arizona Dance Arts Alliance in Tucson and in 1972 she co-founded the dance program at the University of Arizona. She was the recipient of a National Opera Institute grant to tour regional opera companies as choreographer and assistant director. Plus, she was director of opera at George Washington University from 1981 to 1986. Frances began Wolf Trap in Arizona, the placing of performing artists in Head Start classrooms. She has been the regional director for this program since 1986. Frances was honored with the Outstanding Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. She also created Dance Theater West with partner Susan Silverman, and directs CDE, housed at the Herberger Theater Center. Cohen is the proud recipient of the 1994 Arizona Governor’s Outstanding Artist Award, and the 2004 Women Who Care lifetime Achievement Award. She is co-author of “Dance Essential Skills” and “Performing Dance Standards” for the Arizona Department of Education. In 2010, she was awarded the Childsplay’s Pied Piper Award for her contributions to art education.