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Choreographers to vie for grand prize at Next Generation of Fine Arts Competition

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:20 pm | Updated: 9:38 am, Tue Feb 11, 2014.

Ten young choreographers will show off their creativity and talent in hopes of winning cash and a dance scholarship during the Next Generation of Fine Arts Young Choreographers Competition live show on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The show will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, beginning at 6 p.m. The show will feature dances choreographed by 10 young dancers competing for a grand prize of $1,000 cash and a nine-month scholarship to Dance Studio 111, as well as opening and finale routines performed by dancers from across the Valley.

Celebrities Brian Friedman, Marcea, Matt Fata and last year’s first place winner Megan Branch will judge the competition. The second place winner will receive $500 cash and a six-month scholarship to Dance Studio 111. Third place will take home $250 cash and a three-month scholarship.

The show will be one-and-half hours. Tickets can be purchased by calling (480) 350-2822, in person at Tempe Center for the Arts, or online at www.tempe.gov/tca.

“These are our next generation of choreographers,” said Kimberly Lewis, founder of Next Generation of Fine Arts. “These young, talented dancers have such a creative side. They are our future. They put in a full day or work, then go to their dance studio, they’re involved in other activities but they still take the time and train together with other dancers and come up with a concept, cut their own music, create their own costumes. It’s such a positive event for this young generation of choreographers. It’s a positive experience and allows them to show their creativity in a live setting. It’s amazing what I’ve seen them come up with and the routines they do.”

The choreographers featured in the Feb. 1 show have gone through several stages to make it to the live show. They were asked to choreograph a dance with at least four dancers, which had to be recorded and submitted. Submissions were placed on Next Generation of Fine Arts’ Facebook page, where they had to receive more than 175 likes to move on to the live show.

For more information on the competition or the live show, visit www.nextgenerationoffinearts.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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