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Published: Published: April 15th, 2019

AzDEO’s 3rd Annual Dance Educator Retreat/Rejuvenation!

AzDEO is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Dance Educator Retreat, offering movement and workshop/discussion classes specifically designed for teachers in any setting. Followed by our Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting

  • Learn about our successes & future plans!
  • Meet your current board & fellow members!
  • Cast your vote for new board members!
  • Get involved and add your voice to Dance Education in Arizona! You do not want to miss this incredible day of dance and sharing. Lunch included.Date: Saturday August 17th from 8 am.-2:30 pm.Cost: $50 for members, $75 for non-members, $50 for students.

Location: Maryvale  HS. 3415 N 59th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85033

Check in & networking: 8-8:30 am.

Classes: 8:30 am.-12 pm.

Lunch and Annual Meeting: to follow.

Deadline to register and payment postmarked- August 7th. Click here to register or go to www.azdeo.org, Events.

Make check to AzDEO. Mail to AzDEO, PO Box 60152, Phoenix AZ. 85082

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Published: Published: April 15th, 2019

STUDENT DANCE SCHOLARSHIP- 2019 Romero Wolf Student Scholarship

Announcing the 2019 Romero Wolf Student Scholarship

Awarded to a student showing excellence in leadership qualities in dance performance and dance education.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Dancer who plays an active role in school dance program at least 2 years.
  2. Dancer demonstrates growth in dance performance and quality movement.
  3. Overall excellence in leadership for choreography, performance and dance company organization roles.
  4. Inspires others.

Students must be attending a NDEO/AZDEO member school.

This scholarship will require a short essay on the applicant’s dance experience during their high school years and a recommendation from their dance instructor.

Scholarship Award is $150.00 for further dance education. Click here to apply!

Applications are due May 1st.

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Published: Published: April 1st, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Dance Education

Tiffany White, Dance Director at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, was awarded the 2019 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Desert Ridge High School, March 2nd.  This award honors a teacher for demonstrating support for and contributing to the larger dance education community, inspiring students and colleagues through example, enthusiasm and encouragement, and advocating for quality dance education and the arts.  Tiffany truly exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community. 

Tiffany White started dancing at the age of 3 in New Jersey before attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where she earned her BFA in Dance & Choreography and BS in Creative Advertising. In 2013, Tiffany moved to Arizona and immediately became the Dance Director & Pom Line Coach of San Tan Foothills High School and Mountain Vista Middle School in Florence USD. She earned her Master’s in Education from University of Arizona in 2015 and is now in her 2nd year as Dance Director at Mesquite High School in the Gilbert Public School District. Tiffany has worked on the Revision Committee of the Arizona Department of Education Arts Standards and the Student Learning Objectives Assessment Team. She is the Secretary of the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) and serves as a volunteer on the State High School Dance Festival and Professional Development Committees. She has spoke to state legislatures at AZ Arts Congress, presented work at the AZ Superintendents Association Conference, and served in a support position for the National Core Arts Standards Pilot program. Currently, Tiffany is working on her Master’s in School Counseling from Prescott College, all while taking care of her active one-year old son Jason.

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Published: Published: January 28th, 2019

Student Tickets Available for Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Central High School Black Students’ Union presents Desert Dance Theatre’s “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” an inspirational story that highlights the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman and her work on the Underground Railroad. This production tells the story about this significant era in American History through music, dance and drama with a cast of over 40 performers.

A school field-trip opportunity is being offered on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00am; and one evening public performance on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:00pm at Central High School Auditorium, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

The cast will be made up of Desert Dance Theatre’s professional cast of dancers, singers, string musicians, percussionist and narrator, plus student dance and music performers from Central High School and neighboring elementary schools as well as  community talent of all ages. The school matinee performances are approximately 45 minutes in length and by reservation only. The school field-trip performance of Sister Moses are open to all schools throughout the Phoenix area and other surrounding areas. Admission to the school matinees is $5, and must be arranged by prepaid reservations only. Downloadable reservation forms are available at http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/ or contact Sherrilyn Parham at 602-764-7500 (X47746) or [email protected].

The Sister Moses Residency and Performances are supported by the Central High School Black Students’ Union and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributors.

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues. Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

For more information, call 480-962-4584 or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org or http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/.

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Published: Published: December 27th, 2018

Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman”

“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by a string quartet and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life.

A valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.

 

For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or visit our website

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