ASU Gammage

Arizona’s premier destination for touring Broadway productions. Info: (480) 965-3434 or

March 6, 2012: Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company presents Body Against Body

ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Dance

Students perform at locations across campus. (480) 965-5029 or

Nov. 18-20: Emerging Artists

Feb. 10-12, 2012: Transition Projects I and II

March 2-4, 2011: Dance Annual

Ballet Arizona

An innovative and provocative professional ballet company under the artistic direction of former New York City Ballet dancer Ib Andersen. Performances are at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall, unless otherwise noted. Info: (602) 381-1096 or

Sept. 18: Ballet Under the Stars (Sun City West)

Sept. 22: Ballet Under the Stars (Casa Grande)

Sept. 23: Ballet Under the Stars (Tempe Center for the Arts)

Sept. 24: Ballet Under the Stars (Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix)

Sept. 25: Ballet Under the Stars (Fountain Hills)

Oct. 20-23: Cinderella

Dec. 9-24: Nutcracker

Feb. 9-12, 2012: The Sleeping Beauty

March 29-April 1, 2012: Director’s Choice: A Vibrant Collection of Movement

May 31-June 3, 2012: All Balanchine

Ballet Etudes

Since 1987, this Gilbert company has realistically duplicated the experiences of a professional ballet company for Arizona’s serious young dancers, and its annual Nutcracker show is an East Valley holiday tradition. Performances are typically at Mesa Arts Center or Chandler Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 558-2080 or

Nov. 12 and 19: Nutcracker Sweet Tea

Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 2-4: The Nutcracker (Chandler)

Dec. 8-11: The Nutcracker (Mesa)

May 18-20: Cinderella

Center Dance Ensemble

CDE is the resident modern dance company of Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Info: (602) 252-8497 or

Oct. 13-16: There Is a Time to Dance, featuring The Attic and guest dance companies

Dec. 3-18: Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen

Dec. 12: Spirit of the Season

March 22-25, 2012: Dance AZ/100

April 13-15, 2012: American Voices

Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler’s top venue for peforming arts. Info: (480) 782-2680 or

Nov. 25-Dec. 4: Ballet Etudes’ Nutcracker

Jan. 28, 2012: Ballroom with a Twist, featuring Dancing With The Stars’ Edyta Slywinska and Alec Mazo

Feb. 17, 2012: Desert Dance Theatre presents Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

March 4, 2012: Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble

May 18-20, 2012: Ballet Etudes’ Cinderella

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts

Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343 or

Nov. 18-19: Faculty Choreography Dance Showcase

Dec. 9-10: Student Dance Showcase

Jan. 12, 2012: East Valley High School Dance Festival


Founded in 2003 by Carley Conder, this contemporary dance company develops and performs Conder’s work, commissions dance work from nationally recognized choreographers and curates and presents Breaking Ground, an annual showcase for new and established choreographers. Info: (480) 570-3263 or

Jan. 28, 2012: Breaking Ground 2012: Festival for Dance, Film, Art

Desert Dance Theatre

This contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of Lisa R. Chow is known for its moving annual ode to underground railroad heroine Harriet Tubman. It performs at venues throughout the Valley. Info: 480-962-4584 or

Oct. 7-8: Arizona Dance Festival 2011

Oct. 13-16: There Is a Time to Dance, presented by Center Dance Ensemble

Nov. 5: Las Calacas Encantadas at Xico Inc.’s Dia de los Muertos Festival

Feb. 17, 2012: Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Dulce Dance Company

A contemporary modern dance company led by artistic directors Candy Jimenez and Liliana Gomez, it’s named “dulce,” a Spanish word meaning sweet, fresh or candy, because its leaders believe the art of dance is sweet, fresh & textured. Info: (602) 570-7635 or

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

Dec. 16-17: Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet, with music by Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Mesa Arts Center

Downtown’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or

Nov. 12-13: Native American Song and Dance: Canyon Records’ 60th Anniversary Celebration

Dec. 8-11: Ballet Etudes’ Nutcracker

Jan. 20, 2012: Forever Tango with Cheryl Burke

Feb. 11, 2012: Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater

March 24-25, 2012: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mesa Community College Dance Company

Students present dance concerts at MCC’s Theatre Outback and East Gymnasium. Info: (480) 461-7597 or

Nov. 3-4: Fall 2011 Formal Performance

Dec. 9: Fall 2011 Dance Classes Showcase

Scorpius Dance Theatre

This contemporary dance company headed by Lisa Starry is best known for its “A Vampire Tale,” a dark, sexy production sometimes likened to “the ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween.” Scorpius reprises this signature cult classic every October.

Oct. 13-22: Lisa Starry’s A Vampire Tale VIII

May 2-5, 2012: The Kick-A** Dance Showcase

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale’s premiere performance arts venue. Info: (480) 994-2787 or

Oct. 21-22: Pilobolus

Nov. 10: Te Vaka

Nov. 18: Stephen Petronio’s Underland

Feb. 3, 2012: Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia

Feb. 4, 2012: Celtic Nights: Journey of Hope

Feb. 16, 2012: Trisha Brown Dance Company

March 22, 2012: Batsheva Dance Company

April 6-7, 2012: Chunky Move: Connected

April 26-27, 2012: DanceBrazil

Tempe Center for the Arts

The gleaming lakeside venue hosts concerts, plays, lectures, dance productions, inimate musical jam sessions and public events. Info: (480) 350-2822 or

Sept. 23: Ballet Arizona’s Ballet Under the Stars

Oct. 7-8: Desert Dance Theatre presents Arizona Dance Festival 2011

Terpsicore Dance Company

Led by Danna Parker, Terpsicore is a contemporary ballet company that recognizes the influence and incorporates the human expression of modern dance. Info: (602) 690-9594 or

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