Arizona Dance Festival 2021

Oct 22nd

  • Hours6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Admission$13-$35
  • Time6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WHAT: Arizona Dance Festival 2021
WHEN: October 22-23, 2021
WHAT TIME: 6:30pm-9:30pm
WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts - East Breezeway & Studio
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona 85281

COST: $20 Adult, $15 Senior/ Student / Military, $13 Group of 10+ (Plus service fees)

BOTH SHOWS - $35 Adult, $25 Senior / Student / Military (Plus service fees)

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For the first time since the pandemic, Desert Dance Theatre will present the Arizona Dance Festival 2021, live and in-person at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on October 22-23, 2021. The festival performances will begin outdoor at the TCA East Breezeway starting at 6:30pm, and will proceed into the Studio Stage for the rest of the show.

The Arizona Dance Festival will feature 28 different dance artists, companies and dance film makers, showcasing an eclectic variety of choreography and dance performances from around the state of Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff, etc.) and out of state. This unique setting will give audiences a taste of what is happening in Arizona's dance scene. It is a perfect platform for dance companies to get exposure, promote their work, and to connect with others in the dance community. Each evening performance will showcase different dance artists including emerging artists as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance.

Three participants from out of state, include: Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT) from Long Beach, CA; Veronica Silk Dance (VSD) from Atlanta, GA; and Anandha Ray from Walnut Creek, CA. On Saturday, NBDT will perform excerpts from a work, “Tango Pointe” as a tribute to choreographer, Kelly Roth (Director of Kelly Roth & Dancers and former member of the Murray Louis Dance Company), an Arizona native, who passed away earlier this year. VSD will perform a powerful contemporary duet piece, “Deception of Eden,” inspired by the Bible story of Adam and Eve. Anandha Ray will present three dance films, "For the Women of Belarus,” an artistic statement of suffering, support and hope; “Totem,” an expression of light and unity for her company Quimera Ritual Dance; and based upon the Dying Swan, this film, "They Say You Die Twice,” is offered with tears for all who have died too young, exploring a deepening understanding of the concept that we truly live on in the hearts of those who speak our name. It is dedicated to Audrey Marie Ellis, a 29 year old nurse who was among the first to die during the Pandemic of 2020.

The Arizona Dance Festival will also pay tribute to one of Desert Dance Theatre’s founding members, Deborah Pualani Blackmon, who lost her battle with cancer last year during the pandemic. A special solo dance, “LUX AETERNA,” choreographed by former DDT member, Diane McNeal Hunt / ELEVATE DanceWorks, will be performed by DDT founding member, Margie Romero Wolf. Diane McNeal Hunt comments about the piece, “Her passing moved me to create this work as an artistic blessing for all who have transitioned from our realm. The love is eternal.”

A post-performance “Talk Back” will be facilitated by the Arizona Dance Coalition directly after the show. The “Talk Back” will allow the audience to engage in lively conversation with the artistic directors and choreographers for insights in the creation of their dance works.

Featured Dance Artists and Companies:

Friday, October 22nd Performance - Line-up (Alphabetical Order)

Aishani Ganguli (Scottsdale, AZ) - Kathak North Indian Classical Dance
Align Dance Theater / Studio Kinetics LLC (Phoenix, AZ) - Modern Dance
Anandha Ray (Walnut Creek, CA) - Ballet and Modern Dance Film
Canyon Movement Company (Flagstaff, AZ) - Modern Dance
Armando “DECOY” Munoz (Phoenix, AZ) - Hip Hop / Pop Locking Dance
Desert Dance Theatre (Tempe, AZ) - Modern Dance
Flamenco De Leon (Mesa, AZ) - Flamenco
Hoorvash Dance (Paradise Valley, AZ) - Persian Dance
Instinct Dancecorps / Scottsdale Community College Dance (Scottsdale, AZ) - Modern Dance
Jocelyn James (Tucson, AZ) - Modern Dance
Mary Fitzgerald (Phoenix, AZ) & Nicole Bradley Browning (Gilbert, AZ) - Modern Dance
Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (Long Beach, CA) - Modern Dance
New Moon School of Bellydance (Prescott, AZ) - Classic Bellydance
Suspended Fluidity (Prescott, AZ) - Modern Dance Aerial
SVG DANCE (Phoenix, AZ) - Modern Dance Film
Veronica Silk Dance (Atlanta, GA) - Contemporary Modern Dance

Saturday, October 23rd Performance - Line-up (Alphabetical Order)

Anandha Ray (Walnut Creek, CA) - Modern Dance Film
Angelica DeLashmette Hurst & Allyson Joy Yoder (Tucson, AZ) - Hybrid Collaboration
Astarte Belly Dance Troupe (Gilbert, AZ) - Egyptian Cabaret Belly Dance
Diane McNeal Hunt / ELEVATE DanceWorks (Tempe, AZ) - Contemporary Modern Dance
Erik Canales (Phoenix, AZ) - Modern Dance
Hoorvash Dance (Paradise Valley, AZ) - Persian Dance
Ignite Collaborative (Scottsdale, AZ) - Modern Dance Film
Movement Source Dance Company (Phoenix, AZ) - Modern Dance
Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (Long Beach, CA) - Modern Dance
Sanskaar Nritya Dance Academy (Chandler, AZ) - Bharatanatyam Classical Dance of India
Sruti Performing Arts (Chandler, AZ) - Classical & Contemporary Dances of India
Step’s Junk Funk (Mesa, AZ) - Interdisciplinary Movement and Percussion
Tap 24.7 (Phoenix, AZ) - Tap Dance
Veronica Silk Dance (Atlanta, GA) - Contemporary Modern Dance
Wight Noise Dance Company (Peoria, AZ) - Musical Theater
Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company (Chandler, AZ) - Flamenco Dance

Need more info? Contact Lisa R. Chow at 480-962-4584.
  • Location Tempe Center for the Arts
  • 700 West Rio Salado Parkway
  • Tempe, Arizona 85281
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, Oct 22 to Saturday, Oct 23
  • Saturday, Oct 23 to Sunday, Oct 24