Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fourth Annual Beer With The Bard Pub Crawl


From: James Pack <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:23 PM
Subject: Press Release


Annual Pub Crawl Celebrates William Shakespeare's Birthday


TUCSON, AZ – 2/28/18 – The Tucson Fringe Festival is proud to present the Fourth Annual Beer With The Bard Shakespeare themed pub crawl, on Sunday April 22nd, 2018.  The first tour begins at 1:00pm at Borderlands Brewing Company and the second tour begins at 2:00pm.  General tickets are $10 and all-inclusive wristbands that include one drink ticket at each venue are $35.  All tickets can be purchased on the festival website,


The festivities begin at Borderlands Brewing Company, then move on to Tap & Bottle, followed by the Royal Room, and ends at The Flycatcher.  Each venue will host scenes from different Shakespeare plays including King Lear, Macbeth, and several monologues.  Time spent at each venue will total approximately 30 minutes and tickets for each tour will be limited.


The combination of Shakespeare and beer is not a new one.  In the Renaissance era, groundlings often enjoyed a hoppy brew while enjoying the latest play from pop sensation William Shakespeare.  A few years back The New York Shakespeare Exchange brought back the idea of hops and heady theatre with their ShakesBeer Pub Crawl through New York.


"We love Beer With The Bard so much, we keep coming back with a bigger group of friends every year.  It's a great way to expand your knowledge of Shakespeare and your familiarity with downtown Tucson.  It's a great time." – Connie Choza, Bard and Beer Enthusiast.


Though there are no records of his birth, William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564 and he was believed to have been born on April 23, especially since he died on April 23, 1616.  Beer With The Bard occurs annually on the closest weekend to Shakespeare's birthday and death day.


The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, low-cost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking 0% of the artist's earnings.


Additionally, the festival also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at low-ticket prices. Finally, the festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform. This ensures that underrepresented artistic voices are championed in our community.




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Borderlands Theater presents Premiere of "The Mermaid Hour"

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Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:16:50 PM GMT -07:00 U.S. Mountain Time (Arizona)
Subject: Borderlands Theater Event for posting


Borderlands Theater

presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of

The Mermaid Hour


By David Valdes Greenwood


Directed by Glen Coffman


March 15- April 1

Wed-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm

(no Wednesday performance during first week of run)

Wednesday March 21 Pay what you will $13-40

Tickets: Students $16, Senior $22, Adult $27


Temple of Music and Art

330 S Scott St.

Tucson, AZ 85701


For Pilar and Bird, navigating their tween daughter Violet's transition is tricky as

they juggle not only their own opposing parenting styles, but also her impulsive

nature. Vi is just as concerned about her best friend Jacob, who she wishes was her

boyfriend, and when nothing is going as she wants, she makes a YouTube video that

pushes everyone's buttons. As her parents wrestle with all of Vi&#39;s choices, they

confront the gaps between them as a couple-- and which they&#39;ll have to overcome to

see them all through.



For more information visit or call (520) 882-7406



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ironwood Ridge High School Presents Crazy for You

From: Christine Fapp []
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:15 PM
Subject: Ironwood Ridge High School Presents Crazy for You


Ironwood Ridge High School Theatre present

Crazy for You - The New Gershwin Musical


March 8 & 9 at 7PM and March 10 at 12PM & 7PM

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online using the link below.

$12 Premium

$10 General

$8 Students

or find us on Facebook




Christine Fapp

Drama Booster Club Co-President




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UA Arizona Repertory Theatre presents THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare


From: Vance, Julie Ann - (julievance) []
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:50 AM
ubject: For Immediate Release: UA Arizona Repertory Theatre presents THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare



F O R    I M M E D I A T E     R E L E A S E



CONTACT: Julie Vance, Director of Marketing w 520.626.2686 w


The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television


Approx Run Time: 135 minutes w  +15-minute Intermission w  Brent Gibbs, Director w  (520) 621.9402 w


Visit> Press Room > Media Photos for The Merchant of Venice on Tuesday, February 27, 2018


February 27, 2018



UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre Explores the Best and Worst

of Human Nature in The Merchant of Venice


Directed by Brent Gibbs



TUCSON, AZ - The Merchant of Venice takes us on a journey into the best and worst of human nature. Portia remains one of Shakespeare’s strongest heroines and Shylock represents a crowning achievement in dramatic literature. Containing some of the most beautiful language ever written, The Merchant of Venice offers us a chance to spend time in the presence of a genius who continues to hold, as it were, a mirror where we can view ourselves.


Director Brent Gibbs observes, “The Merchant of Venice is a study in contrasts.  Hatred vies with love, mercy duels with cruelty, and the good in this world struggles against the evil that people carry within their hearts.  But this play is a study in contrast in other ways too.  Hilarious comedy gives way to searing drama as romantic passages collide with bitter truths, and through it all, Shakespeare steers the way with his stunning language and poignant observations of both the beautiful possibilities and the ugly shortfalls of human nature.”


Gibbs is proud to be directing his 19th Shakespeare production at Arizona Repertory Theatre.  In this latest creation, he guides our talented students through one of the Bard’s most complicated and powerful creations to give audiences a fascinating night at the theatre. 


(Visit for show summary, press kit, ticket information and more.)


Dates & Times:

Previews:  Mar 12-13 at 7:30pm

Evenings:  March 14-17, March 22-24, Mar 30-31 at 7:30pm

Matinees:  Mar 18, Mar 24-25, Apr 1 at 1:30pm


Place: Tornabene Theatre on the UA campus located near the SE corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: Regular $28, Senior/UA Employee/Military $26, Student $15, Preview $17, Alumni discount $6 off qualifying rate | Deeper discounts apply to groups (other than students) numbering 10+. UA Student Rush 30 minutes before each performance is $10 cash only for available seats (must show CatCard).


Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162


Parking:  Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.  If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.


Media Contact: Julie Vance, (520) 626-2686,


Production Sponsor: Pat Engels & Richard Medland     




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Monday, February 26, 2018

Something Something Theatre's 2018-19 season


From: Something Something Theatre []
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 2:47 PM
Subject: Something Something Theatre's 2018-19 season


Something Something Theatre is proud to announce our 2018-19 season.

All plays were written by women.

All are new to Tucson.




Men on Boats

by Jaclyn Backhaus


directed by Jasmine Roth

October, 2018 at the Temple Cabaret


1869, Arizona.  A band of explorers sets out to travel north on the Colorado River in boats, seeking the fabled Big Canyon.  Led by a one-armed Civil War veteran, this is their (somewhat) true story.  We witness their hilarious missteps, hapless foibles and surprising nobility.  We experience with them the headiness of high adventure and the fear which makes them human.


"Men on Boats is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater.  The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers- their cockiness and cluelessness – become biting satire when sent up by women."





When We Were Young and Unafraid

by Sarah Treem


directed by Joan O'Dwyer

December 6-23, 2018 at the Community Playhouse


1972, Whidbey Island, Washington state.  A woman and her teen-aged daughter quietly go about their business of operating a bed-and-breakfast from their home downstairs.  Upstairs they run a sometimes-shelter for battered women.  In the larger world outside, a feminist revolution is afoot which will soon affect their tenuously-contained sanctuary.   


"Ms. Treem…finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint.  She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds – and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment - into proximity and conflict."





The House of Final Ruin

by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos


directed by Avis Judd

February/March, 2019 at the Temple Cabaret


We're so excited to bring you this world premiere from an extremely talented playwright.


Her description:

"Someday, the 'madrina' of 19th century Santa Fe would like to die a good Catholic death and be buried in her beloved church, La Parrochia. But Death is coming sooner than she thinks and the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in gold, and the invasion of the American Army complicate her perfect exit into Purgatory. In order to save her family from ruin and earn her way into Heaven, the gambler must orchestrate a final, high-stakes card game in which all is both lost and won."


- Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos



"This all-female six-hander is grounded in history and tradition, steeped in suspense and riddled with wit. It's wonderfully accessible to modern theatre-goers, due largely to McBurnette-Andronicos' finely wrought characters and their universal desires for love, wealth, redemption, a gentle yet meaningful death. "


- Joan O'Dwyer





by Joanna Murray Smith


directed by Whitney Morton Woodcock

April 4 – 21 at the Community Playhouse


1994, Switzerland.  Patricia Highsmith has retired to this charming, neutral country with her pet snails, cats and a small but rare weapons collection.  Highsmith - the author of Strangers on a Train, Carol (the first lesbian novel with a happy ending), and The Talented Mr. Ripley - is content never to write again.  Her publisher thinks otherwise, and sends a young apprentice to persuade her to knock out just one more Ripley.  Please! 


"Murray-Smith's work has never been darker or more compelling…It's impossible to know what Highsmith herself would have made of the play.  But it's not hard to imagine her delighting in its intelligence, humour, darkness and gentle unravelling.  It's a truly great play."



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[We don't have exact dates for two of the plays yet, but when we do, they'll be published on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and in our email newsletter.]

Backstage with Artifact - Behind the Scenes for our production of Frida - free


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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 10:40 AM
Subject: You will learn something new this Saturday... JOIN US


Join us for
Backstage with Artifact
Behind the Scenes for our production of Frida
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Artifact Dance Project studio space in downtown Tucson
17 E. Toole Ave. 85701
This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to David Shack, General Manager
(guests most welcome)


Artifact Dance Project is a company dedicated to making dance accessible to our audiences. We encourage you, and as many invited guests as you would like, to come downtown this Saturday. Watch as a collaboration unfolds through the minds and bodies of professional dancers and actors. Be the first to hear the original music written by Lane Harmon and Roger King laying the groundwork for Frida. See how choreographer Ashley Bowman brings movement and emotional content to life. Understand how Artistic Director Claire Hancock and actor David Alexander Johnston interpret two of the world's iconic figures - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. 

Only through the working process do we truly discover the final product.



Purchase Tickets to Frida



Artistic Director and choreographer Ashley Bowman collaborates with musicians Lane Harmon and Roger King, taking on the life and spirit of the legendary artist, Frida Kahlo. Frida's powerful artwork and complicated journey with her partner, painter and muralist Diego Rivera, influences the original music and movement created for this production. The music, written by Harmon and King, is inspired by Frida's artistically potent self-representations, her playfulness and humor, and her bold and courageous understanding of physical and psychological pain. The choreography fuses contemporary dance with acting. Together, Bowman and Harmon interpret a raw and emotional side of one of the most famous women in recent history. Artistic Director Claire Hancock dances the role of Frida, showing the intensity and deeply human qualities of this iconic woman. Tucson-based and well-known actor David Alexander Johnston plays the part of Diego Rivera. A cast of 10 dancers portray symbols of both Frida and Diego's art. The cast includes Marquez Johnson, Lauren Renteria, Nathanael Myers, Jeff Griffith, Hanna Moreno, Samantha McKinney, Kendra Howell, Lyna Ward, and Carole Mueller. A band of talented musicians performs the music: Heather Hardy on violin, Danny Brito on drums, Mike Levy on bass, Matt Mitchell on guitar, Roger King on guitar and vocals, and Lane Harmon on vocals. As special guests, The Tucson Girls Chorus, directed by Marcela Molina, joins the production. Frida is a collaboration between many artists, provoking thought and universal resonance with original movement and music at its core.



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Streetlamp Productions proudly presents two classic radio shows


From: Mirlocca-Carson, Robin []
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2018 9:06 AM



The Radio Revival Theatre soldiers on!


Come join us at The Community Playhouse (1881 N. Oracle Rd) and travel back in time to the golden age of radio theater! Witness the fashion of the 1930's, 40's and 50's! Listen to elaborate sound making contraptions! Close your eyes and enjoy the spectacle of sound and voice!


Streetlamp Productions proudly presents two classic radio shows!


Relive H.G. Wells’ perennial masterpiece, THE TIME MACHINE, as only ESCAPE can capture it! Laugh at the ignorant exploits of Fibber McGee as he does battle with his own closet in a comedic tale from FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY!

If you remember crowding around the radio with your family or if you just want to experience the entertainment of past generations, you’re bound to have a wonderful time at the RADIO REVIVAL THEATER! See you there!


March 2 & 3 at 7:00pm, March 4 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are only $10 at the door! CASH, CHECK, or CREDIT.

Please call 520-329-4987 for reservations or questions!



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Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors


From: The Studio For Actors []
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2018 4:01 PM
Subject: Announcement: Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors


Audition Technique

Script Breakdown

This is the foundation course for learning the important building blocks to great performance.  You'll learn how to break down the script, how to analyze the character, how to play him/her, and most importantly how to mark the script in order to give a really great audition.  Throughout the course, you'll have two or three auditions, and you'll be given lots of information about how to handle the important few minutes before each audition.  This course is not just about auditioning - it's also a great acting class.

Taught in Private Sessions.

Call Anna Risley at (520) 881-2363 for more information or to sign up.

Don't worry if you have to miss one or even two classes during the series of six. We can easily book a private make-up session outside of the evening class, scheduled Monday through Saturday at 12:00 or 1:00.  This course can also be taken as a series of private sessions, offered during the daytime, evenings, or on Saturdays, usually taken one session per week.

Also being offered:
Comedy Improv
Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar

Each of these classes is taught by Anna Risley at her Studio (The Studio for Actors), located on 6th Street, just off 4th Avenue.  Anna has 30 years of experience in film, television, voiceover, and stage acting.  To check out her resume, please visit , or call her at (520) 881-2363 to sign up.



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Sunday, February 25, 2018

March 2018 Discount on Comedy Improv at The Studio for Actors


From: The Studio For Actors []
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2018 4:00 PM
Subject: Announcement: March 2018 Discount on Comedy Improv at The Studio for Actors


Taste of Improv Class

The Studio for Actors is now offering a "Taste of Improv Class." Here's how it works. Just come on one Wednesday night from 6:30pm-8:00pm for only $30. This class is normally $40, but for the evenings of  March 7 and March 21, you can attend for $30 for one class only, and see how much you love studying improv at The Studio. So, if you've always wondered (or if you've never wondered) if you would enjoy comedy improv, this is your chance to check it out.

Call (520) 881-2363 to sign up.  To qualify for the discounted price, you must say the words "Taste of Improv Class" when you call.

* Limit one $30 class per person.

Comedy Improvisation

You don't have to be a funny person to love and get a lot out of a comedy improv class. I can make you funny. Because you have to focus in this class, you can end up taking a vacation from the stuff that goes on in your life, and there's a lot of healing with laughter. Your coach is a former Saturday Night Live cast member, and will give you the accents and the formats you can use as a "safety net." Improv is a great stress reliever and really encourages the ability to verbally communicate. So, come, play, have a ball, and enjoy releasing your own special creativity.

Also, for students of acting, improv enhances your auditions, loosens up the body, helps you think fast on your feet, introduces dialects, and sharpens your timing.4 consecutive Wednesday nights

Start on any Wednesday (but you should call first to sign up).
$40 per week
Don't worry if you have to miss one or even two of the four classes. You simply pay for the class you have to miss and then take class #5 free.  It's even possible to pay $160 at your first class, and then take your last three classes whenever you can make it. (I keep great records.)

To find out more or to sign up, please call Anna Risley at (520) 881-2363.

Also being offered at The Studio for Actors:
Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar
Audition Technique

Each of these classes is taught by Anna Risley at her Studio (The Studio for Actors), located on 6th Street, just off 4th Avenue.  Anna has 30 years of experience in film, television, voiceover, and stage acting.   To check out her resume, please visit The Studio for Actors website , or call her at (520) 881-2363 to sign up.



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The Rogue Theatre presents Three Tall Women by Edward Albee

The Rogue Theatre presents

Three Tall Women

by Edward Albee


In a unique conceit, Albee posits a dialogue between a woman at the end of life and two versions of her younger self.

The different ages of one’s life, it seems, don’t always see eye to eye, and a life’s reflections are viewed from distinctly different and differing vantage points.


Directed by Christopher Johnson

Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen


March 8–25, 2018

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.

plus 2:00 P.M. Matinees Saturday, March 17 & 24


Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances


Tickets and info:


The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y

300 East University Boulevard


Free Off-Street Parking



Due to a conflict with the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, the performance dates of Three Tall Women have been changed to March 8–25 and the reading of Endgame has been changed to April 1. Those people who had purchased tickets prior to December 5th are being contacted about rescheduling their tickets. Please call the box office at 520-551-2053 if you have tickets but have not heard from us.



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Saturday, February 24, 2018


By Chuck Graham,


photo by Ryan Fagan


Hamilton (Stephen Frankenfield) and Kyle (Steve Wood) may differ over most gs in their mother's funeral, but they never stop being brothers.

The mysterious commitment of siblings to family life remains a mystery, but also brings happiness, in Live Theatre Workshop's new show “The Best Brothers” by Canadian playwright David MacIvor.

This is a heartwarming drama that never feels sappy or patronizing. Or worse yet, old-fashioned. In the program notes it says MacIvor “wanted to bring up death in a lighthearted way.” That he definitely does.

His humor is chipper and crisp. Sentimental, but in a good way, as buttoned-down older brother Hamilton (Stephen Frankenfield), a very successful architect, and younger brother Kyle (Steve Wood), an ambitious real estate agent who wants to always be selling, work their way through the public steps of resolving their somewhat eccentric mother Bunny's sudden death.

She was standing at the edge of a gay parade when a large costumed man named Pina Colada accidentally fell from his float, crushing frail Bunny. Although this was clearly an accident, Hamilton in his heart blames Kyle, who is gay, after all. Kyle accepts none of this guilt, but their mutual silence on the subject speaks volumes.

For LTW, this two-member cast is their A+ team, directed by LTW's artistic director, Sabian Trout, with full frontal subtlety. The field of emotions all three create is rich with nuance.

As the play opens on a plain white stage scattered with a variety of benches and boxes to sit on, both men are wearing stiff collared shirts with color-coordinated neckties.

But Kyle also wears a vest, as if he needs some additional armor tor his daily confrontations. Hamilton's weapon of choice is to be organized and rational in all matters.

Slowly, as they agitatedly work their way through the proper wording for their mother's newspaper obituary, we get hints of their conflicting personalities and their mother's delight in always doing the unexpected.

At first it sems like she would naturally prefer Kyle's more accepting personality. His best friend openly declares his profession as a sex worker. But gradually we sense a more complex sibling rivalry.

Bunny always admired and encouraged Hamilton's knack for being successful. But she also felt Kyle's vulnerabilities and sensitivity. Hamilton felt like mom loved Kyle best. Kyle felt like Hamilton got all the attention.

But this is only their family superstructure. Or more aptly, substructure, because it lies underneath everything. What we get to enjoy on the surface is a sweet wave of humor draped over the demands proper society makes on each of us as individuals, often squirming to fit into the roles we are given.

It's like, yes, we know Kyle and Hamilton love each other. They are brothers, after all. But so many outside things keept coming up.

Really, though, “The Best Brothers” is not about them. It is about you and how you feel about your own siblings – and about your mom.

The show runs through March 24, with performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $20. For details and reservations, 327-4242, or


Roadrunner Theatre Family Shows presents The Princess Knight

Roadrunner Theatre Family Shows presents The Princess Knight


March 3 to April 28, 2018

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Roadrunner Theatre, 8892 E Tanque Verde Rd.


It is a dark time for the kingdom of Brier Oak.  The noble King Albert has been imprisoned by his brother who has usurped his throne.  Acting on the king's instructions, his young heir Prince Durum has gone into hiding.  He will attempt to evade his uncles wicked forces long enough to form an army, and take back his father's land.  Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Glyndufin, everything is peaceful and prosperous--which is probably a good thing because the knights of Glyndufin are extremely lazy and would be unable to defend it if it weren't.  The lack of foreign threat has allowed the kingdom's rulers, King Stefan and Queen Victoria, to focus on other concerns, such as finding a prince to marry their daughter Aurora.  There's just one problem: she happens to be the ugliest princess in all the land, and has her mind set on being more of a knight than princess.  Will the meeting of such a tomboy princess, and a foreign trashman with a mysterious past be the event that solves everyone's problems, or will further complications arise to endanger the futures of both Glyndufin and Brier Oak?


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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory NOW REGISTERING - Spring Term


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Subject: Sat Ad - AD Spring 2018 - 2.23.2018



The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory

Conservatory quality training in an intimate setting





March 3 through April 22, 2018

Professional Actor Training


Psychophysical Actions & Active Analysis


The TheatreLab is a safe and supportive environment for honest exploration, artistic and spiritual growth.

A place for the serious novice and professional alike.


Saturday Classes:  Introduction to the System of Physical Actions:  12:00 – 3:00 pm Includes: 

Yoga Meditation

Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises:  The Key to Spontaneous Emotions   

Voice and Speech                                   

Dramatic Improvisation:  Long and Short forms

Monologue and Scene study

Active Analysis through Psychophysical Actions

Performance Showcases

Internationally Recognized Teacher of the Stanislavsky System of Acting


Philip G. Bennett, Artistic Director

Hollywood Dramalogue Award winner

Co-author:  Experiencing Stanislavsky Today, Rutledge Academic Publishers, London, NY.



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ZUZI! ~ Spring Classes and No Frills info...


From: ZUZI! Dance []
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 5:05 PM
Subject: What's New at ZUZI! ~ Spring Classes and No Frills info...



Spring Classes

Begin March 26th



The Art of Hooping

Looking for a low impact and a fun new way to exercise? Come learn Beginner Hoop Dance with Lexy Heart!!! Our focus is on brand new hoop dancers or hoop dancers looking to clean up their skills all while working on a full body work out. Hoop Dance is a wonderful way to regain your Balance, Flexibility, and Confidence! At the end of each class, we will gather all of our moves we have learned and have a mini choreography session!




Aerial Trapeze Dance

Students combine dance with low-flying single point trapeze in a supportive & safe environment. In addition to learning aerial skills, students work on building spatial awareness, trust & cooperation.


For those students with aerial experience, this class offers the next step to advancing their skills. We will concentrate on the importance of fluidity while dancing on the trapeze as well as how to incorporate dance on the floor. We will learn new hangs, swings and work on all skills learned previously.


We offer youth & adult classes from beginning to advanced.




Modern Dance

Our modern classes emphasizes the use of floor for centering and grounding oneself in movement, and like other dance forms brings its own focus on the use of breath to bring quality to movement. Concepts of overcurve/undercurve, contraction/release, musicality and rhythm are explored. The classes incorporate an eclectic blend of contemporary and post modern movement for a style that is both quirky and organic. Students can expect a deep, fluid warm-up with an emphasis on correct alignment. Phrase material includes floor work and gives dancers the opportunity to explore their own expression and style while challenging their technique and performance abilities.


We offer beginning adult and youth modern classes.



The Art of Inversion

In this mixed apparatus class we will be working on aerial silks and lyra, combining elements of aerial performance with modern dance, and partner acrobatics. This class will focus on improving aerial technique as well as strength, stamina and flexibility. We will work on solo performance using aerial fabric and lyra, as well as partner moves, and how to integrate new tricks seamlessly into a performance. This class will be physically and mentally challenging, but is open to anyone and everyone and is a great way to jump start your new years resolution; whether by increasing your personal fitness or gaining a new skill set.




Somatic Practice

Skinner Releasing

No experience is necessary to enjoy this innovative approach to creativity and the healing arts (yoga, body work etc.) which promotes postural alignment, movement efficiency, and tension reduction. This class weaves poetic imagery, music & tactile exercises to integrate the whole self and tap into the creative process for each individual.



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. 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.


These ATM lessons will be specifically geared toward dancers, focusing on placement and flexibility.



Beginning Flamenco

Flamenco, the indigenous dance of the Gypsies of Southern Spain, is famous for its fiery, rhythmic footwork and graceful arm movements and posture.


No experience necessary. In class, technique focuses on tacaneo, braceo, postura, and marcajes. Students also learn palmas to accompany different Flamenco palos. Half the class with be spent on technique, and choreography will be set in the second half.




Youth Improvisational Dance

No prior dance experience needed. These classes are designed to encourage movement expressions through improvisation techniques founded upon the free approach to dance and movement pioneered by Barbara Mettler. Students will be guided through movement explorations to build self awareness, expand movement vocabulary and discover new ways to dance. Together we create an inclusive, participatory and collaborative environment where each dancer can contribute his/her unique creative energy to the group.


This class will perform at the Children's stage for the Tucson Folk Festival on May 6th. Students will lead a procession through the festival and perform at the beginning and end of the procession with musical accompaniment – approximately 2:00pm.



No Frills Dance Happenin'


ZUZI! Dance presents its Spring, biannual No Frills Dance Happenin'. A variety of performers throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona come to share fresh and innovative works from various stages of the creative process. The works range from serious to silly and some are presented here for the first time. This year we're honored to have Arts for All, Leaps for Lives, Lexy Heart, Maddie Brown, ZUZI! Community Dancers, Dancesequences, and more…


"No Frills" has been in existence for 19 years and is an important venue for local choreographers to show new work or work in progress. ZUZI! "No Frills" has been described as an open mic for dance and is a unique opportunity to showcase work and perform in a relaxed setting. As the name suggests, there really are no frill… fancy lights, no fancy sets….just dancers, choreographers, experimentation, and a great show!


"No Frills" concert has come to serve two important purposes. First, it has become a popular venue for youth performers, schools and youth choreography. Second, it has continued to be an important venue for local choreographers to showcase new work, which can be quite experimental in nature.


March 3rd we will showcase our youth and adult choreographers and artists. This showcase will truly be about the process and will be an impressive showing of our local talent.


Tickets and Info:



ZUZI! Dance

(520) 629-0237



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