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Desert Dance Theatre Turns 40 (Individual Early Bird)

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HELP US TO CELEBRATE OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY!

Desert Dance Theatre invites you to its 40th Anniversary Fundraising Event, “DESERT DANCE THEATRE TURNS 40: Making Dance History in Arizona” at the Arizona Heritage Center/Arizona Historical Society, 1300 North College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281, on June 7, 2019 at 6:30pm-10:00pm.

This festive event will celebrate Desert Dance Theatre’s accomplishments and longevity as a moving force in Arizona’s Dance and Arts community. We will also be recognizing three Special Guest Honorees: Catherine “Rusty” Foley (Arizona Citizens for the Arts), Floyd Alvin Galloway (The Alvin Galloway Show/Arizona Informant Newspaper) and John Henry Waddell (Sculpture Artist). The full evening will include: reception with drinks and appetizers, entertainment, buffet dinner, recognition presentation and raffle/silent auction. The delectables will be prepared by Dancing Chef Catering ~ Chef Mark Vanek.

For 40 years, the company has provided quality educational and community programs and services in schools and communities throughout Arizona. A majority of our work is designed to fit the needs of each school or community. We are inviting you or your organization to help us to continue our work, and to help us to celebrate this important milestone.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the company relies on the support of individuals and businesses like yours to help support our programs and services. We are asking for your support by attending this momentous event or through a tax-deductible donation that would directly enhance our fundraising efforts and aid us in achieving our future goals!



HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It’s amazing to think that this Arizona dance company has survived in the desert for 40 years. Desert Dance Theatre was founded by four ASU dance graduates: Billbob Brown, Dotti Anderson, Margie Romero, and Debbie Schofield, who wanted to dance professionally, but didn’t want to move out of state to New York or California where dance was already a vital part of the arts, cultural and entertainment scene. During that time in 1979, there were no professional contemporary or modern dance companies in the Valley. The only professional dance company was the Mesa Civic Ballet and a couple of small non-professional dance groups that performed on occasion. Those companies don’t exist anymore. The four ASU dance graduates created Desert Dance Theatre, focused on education and entertainment through their work. This served as an outlet for dancers to perform professionally and to fill a void in the artistic and cultural needs in communities throughout Arizona. After getting incorporated and obtaining its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, the company joined the artist roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which gave them opportunities to tour all over the state of Arizona and tour throughout Mexico on the Bi-Cultural Touring Program.

Desert Dance Theatre soon gained a reputation for creating meaningful works which both challenged and delighted audiences with its topical messages, from its first performance of Judgments, an evening-length work about discrimination and racism, to its collaborations with the internationally-renowned group Special EFX, the Phoenix Symphony, String Sounds, Musica Dolce, Childsplay, and other groups, connecting children and adults with a wider world of professional-quality dance performance. Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman, continues to be performed while educating its audiences about American History through dance, music and drama.

The founding members and earlier generations of dancers received much encouragement and inspiration from the late Marion Kirk Jones, an ASU dance professor, who mentored hundreds of dance students and acted as a consulting director for Desert Dance Theatre since its beginning in 1979. Marion had contributed as a choreographer, artistic director and administrator on its board of directors. Her previous dance experiences included: dancer in the Lester Horton Dance Company, trained with modern dance pioneers - Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Hanya Holm, Ted Shawn and Louis Horst; and trained at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Anatol Oboukhoff, Pierre Vladimiroff and Muriel Stuart.

Billbob Brown, a founding member, was the Artistic Director of Desert Dance Theatre for the first 10 years. Then Marion Kirk Jones served as the Artistic Director with Lisa R. Chow as the Assistant Artistic Director/Company Manager and Renee Davis as the Rehearsal Director/Costumer. A few years later, Lisa R. Chow assumed the role as Artistic Director and continues to do so with Renee Davis and Step Raptis as Associate Artistic Directors.

For more information call Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org.


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