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Disney will be visiting Ahwatukee Foothills this Thursday, Dec. 12, and hosting an open audition to find musical theater performers for its Disney Cruise Line.
Eight years ago, my daughter Jasmine asked if she could audition for the Ahwatukee Foothills “Nutcracker” performance. She was new to the world of ballet and dance, but I relented, and she was thrilled to get parts as a Baby Mouse and a Mini Bon Bon. And the next thing I knew, her Saturday soccer games now had conflicts with “The Nutcracker” practice — called “rehearsals,” I was quickly corrected. I kept hearing about how much fun Jasmine was having at these rehearsals, how many new friends she was making, and how she couldn’t wait for “Opening Night.” I didn’t pay too much attention. I just paid for the costumes, bought tickets for a performance, and occasionally picked her up after a rehearsal and raced her to her soccer game.
Talented young dancers have a chance to show off their creativity and compete to be awarded the best choreographer in the second Next Generation of Fine Arts Competition.
“The Nutcracker” ballet” in Ahwatukee Foothills has been refreshed and reworked for its 14th year but the new changes have only added to the magic, according to Dance Studio 111 owner Kimberly Lewis.
The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle threw a huge bash to celebrate the first anniversary of the entertainment mecca on Nov. 16. The public was invited to enjoy specials throughout the day, free entertainment including live bands, kids’ activities, and special guest appearances by Arizona Rattlers players, Sidewinder Dancers, Booboo Stewart of X-Men Days of Future Past, Jon Proudstar, creator of Tribal Force Comic, the Yellowhouse Dancers, and more. Guests also had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win free movie tickets for a year. Miss Indian Arizona, Alyssa Garcia, was there to greet attendees of the anniversary event.
Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle threw a huge bash to celebrate the first anniversary of the entertainment mecca. On Nov. 16, the public was invited to enjoy $1 specials throughout the day, free entertainment including live bands, kids’ activities, and special guest appearances by Arizona Rattlers players, Sidewinder Dancers, Booboo Stewart of X-Men Days of Future Past, Jon Proudstar, creator of Tribal Force Comic, the Yellowhouse Dancers and more. Guests also had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win free movie tickets for an entire year. Miss Indian Arizona, Alyssa Garcia, was on-hand to greet attendees of the anniversary event.
You needn’t have subjected your stuffed animals to tea parties as a child to enjoy Ballet Etude’s Nutcracker Sweet Tea with your own kiddos.
Get ready to rock - Rock the Block that is. The annual fall festival is Saturday, Nov.9, in Downtown Chandler and features a street fair with two live performance stages.
(L-R) Marinia Bafaloukos, Zoe Chrisagis, Katie DeDakis and Christopher Bafaloukos of the St. Katherine Greek dancers perform during "An Evening Under the Stars" at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
Tearra Sheidler, 12, a Center Pointe dancer in Ahwatukee, is a Top 10 finalist in a nationwide contest to be the Showstopper Dance/Model of the year. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old, competitively since she was 4 years old.
Popping, whacking and breaking are all part of a day’s work for 5th generation Arizonan Sarah “Saza” Dimmick, who, along with the coach of the Phoenix Suns’ hip hop squad, Luis “Weezy” Egurrola, leads EPIK Dance Company. We chatted with “Saza” about her troupe and the original dance theatre work (“Common Ground”) they’re performing Oct. 18 and 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts.
The holiday season is fast approaching and in Ahwatukee, the annual Festival of Lights is a wonderful start to it. It would be even better if the entertainment at the festival was more than just one dance studio having its members perform. How about giving others in the community an opportunity to show their different talents? I understand that the person who is head of the entertainment committee is a volunteer and just happens to own the said dance studio, but I don’t believe that dance should be the only representation of the community. I am sure that if there was a talent show, all sorts of musicians, magicians, and yes dancers, would be present.
A time capsule buried at the former McDonald’s in Ahwatukee at Elliot Road and 51st Street 30 years ago was pulled from the ground on Friday, but time has taken a toll on the old capsule and most of the items inside were completely destroyed.
A wonderful group of ladies come together at the Pecos Community/Senior Center on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and/or Fridays at 2 p.m. to enjoy the company of friends, exercise and have fun line dancing.
Families of St. John Bosco Catholic School flooded the campus’ multipurpose room during Thursday night’s seventh annual Evening of Hispanic Culture.
Pecos Line Dancers (from left to right): Cora Kelley, Dian Kinsman, Joyce Ivarson, Sherry Kinnaman, Maryann Heximer, Connie Lozano, Margaret Morton and Eileen McCullough stepped out of their comfort zone and participated at the Senior Opportunities West (SOW) Senior Center Talent Show.
Wanna dance but don’t know how? Pro swing dancers Karen Vizzard and Dabney Hopkins give weekly lessons before opening the floor for all ages and skill levels to dance the night away.
The first time I went to the ballet, I couldn’t help but be enchanted. I was a child, and my exotic, much older second cousin was a “real” ballerina, breezing through town in vibrant stage makeup and a beautiful costume as part of a national tour. To top it off, the production was housed in an ornate downtown theater I’d only ever been to on elementary school field trips.
In 20 years Dance Studio 111 has gone from a small studio employing several of the first ever Suns Dancers to a flourishing business with a focus and passion for the Ahwatukee Foothills community.
Phoenix’s flagship art venue will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning in September with a film festival, salsa music and two compelling exhibitions.
Zumba Fitness instructors worldwide are not only using a Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, they’re also creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.
La Ristra, a new restaurant with Spanish flare, has opened in Gilbert.
This past week I saw a new “word” floating all over the Internet — “Twerking,” which was trending all over social media since Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV VMAs. I will admit that I have not and will not be watching the video — to me this is qualified as TMI (Too Much Information). I did look up the word “Twerking,” out of curiosity. According to the Oxford Dictionary Online it’s a dance move that involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle.” Wikipedia says to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” After reading that explanation, I can guarantee my dance moves DO NOT contain “Twerking” and if they did, I’m quite sure I would pull a muscle!
There's an awesome split-screen sequence in "Passion." On the left, the beautiful realization of Jerome Robbins' ballet "Afternoon of a Faun." On the right, another performance: a cold-blooded murder.