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‘Dance is my first and best language,” Jessica Lang tells me, with a smile I can hear through the phone. Lang is a tour de force in the dance world; after being a freelance choreographer for 15 years she founded her own dance company in 2011 and has been devoting herself to the development of Jessica Lang Dance. “I was producing a lot as a freelance choreographer, but I didn’t feel like I was living up to my potential. Now I feel like I am building something that is very important and valued.”
Ballet is a complex work of art, one that requires exquisite timing and perfect grace to appease an audience hungry for beauty. Even pure brilliance isn’t enough to satisfy those viewers; the great Igor Stravinsky caused a riot when he deviated from those standards with “The Rite of Spring” in 1913.
Ballet Arizona kicks off its 29th season Sept, 18 at Tempe Center for the Arts with the return of “Ballet Under the Stars” — a free annual community performance.
A local dance company going strong for 35 years will look back with a live performance that honors one of its biggest supporters.
Ballet master Ib Anderson honors his mentor, famed choreographer George Balanchine, with a night infused with Balanchine’s techniques and style — and presented by Ballet Arizona in three works that encompass a Western motif, from costumes to music.
A betrothed lover, a heartbroken maiden and a resurrection fueled by the passion of love make up the Youth American Dance Academy’s performance of “Giselle.” One of ballet’s renowned stories, it will be showcased April 12-13 at Chandler Center for the Arts.
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If you TiVo “So Think You Can Dance” and consider “Dancing with the Stars” a weekly excuse for a party, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Friday, June 7. That’s when Shaping Sound — a contemporary dance company formed by STYCD choreographers and DWTS stars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson — bursts into Chandler.
Ballet Arizona celebrates the influence of famed choreographer George Balanchine by performing his works “Serenade,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra,” and “The Four Temperaments.” The Phoenix Symphony accompanies them.
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Jessica Starr was never one to take no as an answer.
Eighteen dancers perform cutting-edge contemporary works of modern dance from choreographers Aszure Burson, Alejandro Cerrudo and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek.
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - The gang's all here: the football fan, the chef, the teacher and the skier. And there's the Nutcracker prince from E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic Christmas story, who inspired them all.
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The dancers stole our hearts and left an impact with their passionate and emotional routines — and to think: That was just through a TV screen.
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard perform a Classical Ballet routine to "Nutcracker Suite-Pas De Deux" choreographed by Marat Daukeyev on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Tuesday, September 11.
Performing arts 2012-13 season preview
Ballet Arizona presents the 15th annual Ballet Under the Stars Sept. 20-29. This sunset performance series is free and open to the public at six Valley locations.
All Balanchine: The benchmark for modern dance, George Balanchine’s choreography is world-renowned. Ballet Arizona performs three of his ballets.
State Street Ballet, a professional dance company based in Santa Barbara, Calif., makes its Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts debut in Wickenburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the ballet “The Jungle Book.”
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