Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tucson: PCC Dance presents A Season of New Beginnings



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Photos: PCC Dance under the direction of Aurora Gonçalves-Shaner. Photography by Ed Flores.

Center for the Arts

Carol Carder, marketing/pr director
2202 W. Anklam, Tucson, AZ 86709

Aurora Gonçalves-Shaner, dance faculty

November 17, 2009

Pima Community College Dance presents A Season of New Beginnings

what: Pima Community College Dance - A Season of New Beginnings
where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709-0225
when: December 10-12. Thu.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
tickets: $6 with discounts available
information: 520-206-6986, <> ,
Tucson, Arizona-- Pima Community College Dance, under the new direction of full-time faculty Aurora Gonçalves-Shaner, performs a concert of faculty-choreographed dances in “A Season of New Beginnings.” PCC student dancers will showcase a semester of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom and Latin-style dances. The program will also highlight the recent collaboration with the University of Arizona by UA dancers performing two numbers in PCC’s “A Season of New Beginnings” and PCC dancers performing in UA’s concert “Last Chance to Dance.”  
Program selections include a blues/jazz ballet to “Winter Wonderland,” a Lindy-Hop to “Jump, Jive an’ Wail,” a modern dance to George Winston & the Vitamin String Quartet, and a salsa/cha-cha, samba Latin medley to the music of Sally Harmon, Lalo Davila & Orkestra Cubana (all choreographed by Gonçalves-Shaner). Professional ballroom dancers Gonçalves-Shaner and Robert Grace perform a waltz to music by Robin Speilberg. PCC faculty Claire Hancock choreographs two jazz dances to music by Adele and “Charleston” by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; while Colleen Beaman choreographs tap medley pieces to “Singing in the Rain/Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and “Honky Tonk Attitude/Tea for Two/Patriotic Medley.” Kris Shaw’s choreographs the modern II class performance to “Session” by Linkin Park.
Gonçalves-Shaner was born in São Paulo, Brazil and grew up in Bahia, where she developed her classical ballet and modern dance techniques. She has travelled the world performing as a professional dancer with a Brazilian contemporary dance company, Ballet Teatro Castro Alves (a.k.a Bahia Ballet). As an American resident, besides obtaining her B.A. in dance from Brigham Young University, and her M.F.A. in dance from The University of Arizona, Gonçalves-Shaner has won national titles in ballroom dance competitions. She is currently a full-time dance faculty teaching at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.
The PCC Dance concert is open to the public. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office, located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, (just west of downtown and I-10 on St. Mary’s Road which turns into Anklam Road). Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to performance. For more information call 520-206-6986, e-mail <> , or

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