Friday, June 05, 2009

Tucson: Dancing In The Streets Arizona presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


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Subject: Dancing In The Streets Arizona Press Release





Soleste Lupu

Dancing In The Streets AZ



Dancing In The Streets AZ presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a ballet based on the play by William Shakespeare.


  • Choreography by Joseph Rodgers and Soleste Lupu
  • Music by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Special Guest Narration by David Fitzsimmons, Editorial Cartoonist, Arizona Daily Star
  • Sunday, June 28, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
  • Pima Community College Center for the Arts, Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road
  • Tickets: $10 adults and children over 12; $5 children 12 and under
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (520) 206-6986.


Talk about flower power! The impish forest creature, Puck, places one flower petal in the wrong place and all sorts of passion, heartache, confusion and comedy takes place. It's the ultimate in love triangles; on-again, off-again relationships; and mismatched lovers trying to find their way through life while finding their way through an enchanted forest.


The ballet will be performed to the remarkable score that, almost overnight, made Felix Mendelssohn a star.  This magical, musical Shakespearean comedy is brilliantly told in dance with all its hilarious plot twists and turns. The supernatural characters of Puck, Oberon and Titania, and a full retinue of fairies and sprites are performed by the students at Dancing in the Streets AZ . Bring all the mischief-loving members of your family! 


Dancing in the Streets Arizona (DITSAZ) is a non-profit agency geared to the diverse children and families of South Tucson. These families have not typically seen ballet as an appropriate alternative to the gangs and after school mischief that can tempt their children. But because of the charisma, enthusiasm and educational talent of DITSAZ co-artistic directors, Joseph Rodgers and Soleste Lupu, numerous families are embracing ballet as a way to open paths of productive creativity and discipline, paths that can help children grow beyond the confines of a disadvantaged neighborhood.  DITSAZ uses the excitement and discipline of ballet to guide children in achieving life goals. The program's immediate success lies in the children's improved social interaction, family involvement, and responsiveness.


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