Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
For complete and updated schedules, visit venue websites.
Chandler Center for the Arts:
Chandler’s top venue for performing arts, the 1,500-seat center is equipped with three theaters and a 2,000-square-foot exhibition gallery. Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.
- Moon Festival Chinese Dance Celebration: Sept. 30
- The Nutcracker (Ballet Etudes): Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2
- Rhythm of the Dance, The Irish Dance Spectacular (National Dance Company of Ireland): March 10
- Dreaming In Water (Scorpius Dance Theatre): April 13
- Alice in Wonderland (Ballet Etudes): April 26-28
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts:
Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343 or www.cgc.maricopa.edu/performingarts/.
- Faculty Dance Showcase: Nov. 16-17
- Student Dance Showcase: Dec. 7
Herberger Theater Center:
This downtown Phoenix theater is home to resident companies Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and Center Dance Ensemble. It is also used by Valley Youth Theatre and iTheatre Collaborative. Info: (602) 254-7399 or herbergertheater.org.
- A Haunting We Will Go (Center Dance Ensemble): Oct. 25-28
- Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen (Center Dance Ensemble): Dec. 1-16
- Worlds of Wonder (Center Dance Ensemble): March 7-10
- American Voices (Center Dance Ensemble): April 3-7
- Momentum (MarioCo.Dance): April 26-27
Higley Center for the Performing Arts:
This venue with a 1,235-seat concert hall and 186-seat Little Theater is on the campus of Gilbert’s Higley High School. Info: (480) 279-7194 or higleyarts.org.
- The Nutcracker (Southwest Youth Ballet Theater): Dec. 14-15
Mesa Arts Center:
Downtown’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
- Bellydance Superstars: Oct. 16
- Ballet Folklórico de México: Oct. 27
- The Nutcracker (Ballet Etudes): Dec. 14-16
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center:
Students present dance concerts at MCC’s Theatre Outback and East Gymnasium. Info: (480) 461-7172 or www.mesacc.edu/community/performing-arts.
- Formal Dance Production: Nov. 1-2
- Dance Classes Showcase: Dec. 7
- Formal Dance Production: March 21-22
- Dance Scholarship Showcase: March 23
- Dance Classes Showcase: May 3
Phoenix Center for the Arts:
This unique, historic facility in the heart of Phoenix is dedicated to making arts education an enjoyable experience and is home to Christian Youth Theatre. Info: (602) 254-3100.
- Dulce Dance Company: April 12-13
Founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, this is one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country. It is the home of Scorpius Dance Company. Info: (602) 254-2151 or scorpiusdance.com.
- A Vampire Tale (Scorpius Dance Company): Oct. 11-Nov. 3
- Kick-A II (Scorpius Dance Company): June 13-15
Phoenix Symphony Hall:
This Valley art venue is home to the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona and is also the site for Broadway touring companies, dance productions, and entertainers. Tickets must be purchased from the performing group. Ballet Arizona Info: (602) 381-1096 or balletaz.org.
- Giselle (Ballet Arizona): Nov. 1-4
- The Nutcracker (Ballet Arizona): Dec. 7-24
- Romeo & Juliet (Ballet Arizona): Feb. 14-17
- All Balanchine (Ballet Arizona): May 2-5
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center:
This free-standing, contemporary 777-seat theatre is on the campus of Queen Creek High School. Info: (480) 987-7469 or qcpac.com.
- Eisenhower Dance Ensemble: Nov. 3
Built in 1929, this historic Phoenix theatre fell into disrepair before being restored and re-opened in 1997. It hosts touring shows, musical performances and comedy, and is the home of Theater League. Info: (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
- Director’s Choice (Ballet Arizona): March 28-31
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:
Located on a 21-acre urban park, Scottsdale’s premiere performance art venue houses two indoor theaters and an outdoor amphitheater. Info: (480) 499-8587 or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
- Garth Fagan Dance: Nov. 16
- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Jan. 25-26
- Paco Peña: Flamenco Vivo: Feb. 8
- Limón Dance Company: Feb. 22
- Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: March 8
- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: March 22-23
- Chitresh Das Dance Company: India Jazz Suites: April 5
- Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: April 18
Tempe Center for the Arts:
The gleaming lakeside venue hosts concerts, plays, lectures, dance productions, intimate musical jam sessions and public events. Info: (480) 350-2822 or tempe.gov.
- Ballet Under the Stars (Ballet Arizona): Sept. 21
- Arizona Dance Festival (Desert Dance Theatre): Oct. 12-13
- Brad Garner and the Dulce Dance Company: Dec. 10 – 15
- Contemporary Dance & Film Festival (Conder/dance): Jan. 24-26