Tuesday, September 01, 2015




About Us


ZUZI! is a non-profit community arts organization committed to forging connection, meaning and renewal through contemporary dance and movement-based art forms by fostering the creative explorations of students, artists and audiences of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. ZUZI! is a home to our professional dance company, our school for dance and movement arts, and our theater is a hub for community instructors and performances. ZUZI! is dedicated to affirming diversity and collaboration through educational programming, community participation, and local and national outreach and exchange.






Open House Classes will follow 2015 Fall Schedule (below), excluding Guest Artist Series.


Guest Artist Series - September

Contemporary Adult Practice with Nanette Robinson

Every Thursday in September, 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Every Saturday from September 12 - October 3, 1:00pm - 2:15pm

$12 general, $8 professional rate, $Free on October 10th

This class provides those with some dance experience with the perspectives of modern dance and guides each dancer to develop strength, flexibility & inner connection. Dancers will learn and practice Horton-based studies which concentrate on alignment, core strengthening, line and balance. Classes will culminate with the integration of these concepts into fun and challenging movement combinations.


Releasing into Aerial with Nanette Robinson

Mondays, September 21 and 28

6:30pm - 8:00pm
$15 each, Ages 14+ 

This class is an approach to aerial dance through improvisation, partnering and Skinner Releasing Technique (see SRT description). We will explore approaching the trapezes as a way to create improvised and crafted solo dances or move as partners within an image based landscape. Formal aspects of trapeze technique will also be addressed as needed but the majority of the class will be exploratory and experiental. There will be solo times of partnering and shared group dances with the trapeze. Some aerial experience is required to attend these classes.


Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement (ATM) with Tammy Rosen Wilbur

Wednesdays, September 23 and 30

6:30pm - 8:00pm.

$15 each, Ages 14+

Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons are an amazing way to learn to move with more confidence, elegance and power and improve the quality of all your actions. Specific verbally guided movement sequences present an opportunity to recognize personal movement habits that enable you to move well and also those that interfere with your intentions. The lessons range from early learning of infants and children to highly complex skills required for sports, yoga, performing arts and the martial arts. An atmosphere of non-judgment allows individuals of a wide range of ages and abilities to learn at their own pace. Moving with attention you experience a surprising ease in coordinated action. The process stimulates your innate intelligence and ability to self-correct, improving breathing, balance, flexibility and your ability to spontaneously do what you want with precision! These ATM lessons will be specifically geared toward dancers, focusing on placement and flexibility.


Coming up later . . . 


Monday & Wednesday, October 12 - 28 (no class Oct. 21) - Intermediate Contemporary Practice with Cesar Degollado of ConDanza

Monday & Wednesday, November 9 & 11 - Intermediate Contemporary Practice with Nanette Robinson
Monday, November 16 - Authentic Movement with Debby Urken
Monday, November 23 - Authentic Movement with Debby Urken
Monday, November 30 - Developmental Patterning (Body-Mind Centering-based Somatic Practice) with Melissa Buckheit

Wednesday, December 2 - Developmental Patterning (Body-Mind Centering-based Somatic Practice) with Melissa Buckheit
Monday, December 7 - Skinner Releasing with Nanette Robinson



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Wednesday, September 16 - EDGE 79: Sarah Gonzales, Shelly Taylor & Orlando White

Wednesday, September 16

7:30 PM 
$5 suggested donation

At the ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave. (corner of E. University Blvd.)


EDGE is a lit & performance series of local and national writers and cross-genre artists, emphasizing diversity of narrative, identity and literary source. Its purpose is to create community and foster visibility & voice for diverse peoples and words; emerging and/or younger writers; and performers working across media and art form. Founded by poet and dancer/choreographer, Melissa Buckheit in 2008 at Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, Edge is currently in its eighth year and has featured over 250+ writers and artists. EDGE is co-curated by poet Melissa Buckheit & fiction writer Estella Gonzalez.

Sarah Gonzales serves as a community organizer and artist in Tucson, AZ and as a social justice education consultant nationally via her company, TruthSarita, LLC. Sarah is also the Codirector/Co-Founder of Spoken Futures, Inc home to programs including Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and Liberation Lyrics which creates space for youth to process and address issues such as the school to prison pipeline, LGBTQ rights and migrant justice through spoken word poetry. Sarah is also an extensive haiku writer, fierce dance floor occupier, and a trickster performance artist whose work landed her in 6th place in the Arizona US Presidential Primaries in 2012. She has published about her youth work in the Community Literacy Journal. Her poetry has been published recently by the Feminist Wire and will be included in the upcoming book, Talking Back and Looking Forward: Poetry and Prose for Social Justice in Education. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the UA Cultural Centers.

Shelly Taylor is the author of two full-length collections: Lions, Remonstrance (Coconut Books Braddock Book Prize: 2014) & Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky: 2010), as well as three chapbooks: Peaches the yes-girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs: 2008), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl: 2009), and Dirt City Lions (Horse Less: 2012). Hick Poetics, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry co-edited with Abraham Smith, will be released from Lost Roads Press in 2015. Born in deep south Georgia, Taylor is an instructor at the University of Arizona. She calls Tucson & horseback home.

Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). Originally from Tółikan, Arizona, he is Diné of the Naaneesht'ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné'e. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. White will read from and sign his second full-length collection which will be for sale, LETTERRS, just-published by Nightboat Books, for EDGE as part of a book tour.

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