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Like dance? Lots of it this month in Chandler

June 3rd, 2019 development
Like dance? Lots of it this month in Chandler

Managing Editor

This month is a great time to catch young dancers spinning, leaping and bringing life to the stage at Chandler Center for the Arts.

Several Chandler and other local dance studios with students as young as 2 and into their early 20s will be performing ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, ballroom and other styles of dance at the arts center at 250 N. Arizona Ave.

The dance schools/companies rent space at the arts center to showcase their talents and give the dancers a professional performing experience in the community.

“It tends to be the time (of year) that these studios request rental time to finish up the year before the students go on vacation,” Terri Rettig, assistant manager for the Chandler Center for the Arts said, adding:

“I would say that we have a thriving dance community and the performance is really a chance for friends and family to connect to the performers. We love supporting student dance and student performance and these companies do a great job.”

Ballet Etudes School of Dance will present “Showcase” at 7 tonight, June 1. It is a pre-professional youth ballet company based at 2401 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert.

Sharon Seder Meko created Ballet Etudes in 1986 to meet the artistic needs of serious young dancers who wanted to perform at the highest level.

A panel of adjudicators selects company members through open auditions every August. If chosen, the dancers work to achieve the same high artistic standards a professional company reaches in their rehearsals, as well as their dance training and performances.

BE School of Dance, also at 2401 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert, is the home of Ballet Etudes and where the Ballet Etudes company members study and rehearsals are held. Anyone in the public may also take classes at BE School of Dance.

Ballet Etudes dancers ages 3 to 18 will perform ballet, contemporary and jazz pieces at the Chandler Center for the Arts tonight. The company has been performing “The Nutcracker” for more than 20 years and is a longtime client of the arts center.

Innerlight Dance Company will hit the stage for its “Bon Voyage Recital 2019” at 6 p.m. tomorrow, June 2.

“The Dance Loft Recital 2019 – A Decade of Inspiration” will also bring different genres to the arts center. The dance studio, which is at 2450 E. Germann Road in Chandler, has more than 250 dancers of different ages that will entertain audiences with ballet, tap, modern and jazz numbers.

Their shows will be at 5 p.m. June 7 and at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 8.

MBBC Dance, a longtime Tempe dance studio, will give audiences a blast from the past when it performs its “We Love the ’90s & ’00s” at 7 pm. June 13.

Dancers of all ages will move to hit songs from the 1990s and 2000s in different styles of dance. MBBC Dance, formerly called Marilyn Bostic Ballet Centre, has also been a client of the arts center for a long time, Rettig said.

Another Tempe dance studio, Tempe Dance Academy, will deliver its annual recital at 6 p.m. on June 15 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Tempe Dance Academy also performs a popular Annual Spirit of Christmas Show with a variety of dances, special guest performers and a horse and carriage at the arts center in the winter.

Talent Factory, a sister studio that is part of Tempe Dance Academy, will perform at 2 p.m. on June 15 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

The audiences can expect dances from around the world including little children doing hula dances; as well as older, more advanced students performing the Cuban cha-cha, students dressed like pirates carrying out acrobatics and diverse other numbers, Wanda Manville, owner of Tempe Dance Academy said. Her daughter, Wendy Manville Baker owns Talent Factory and her other daughter, Holly Manville is in charge of the Tempe Dance Academy competition company. Wanda’s daughter, Tammy Manville Booth owns Tucson Dance Academy.

“It moves fast,” Wanda said of the shows this month. “It’s a variety and it’s not boring.”

Talent Factory dancers are ages 2 to 15 while the Tempe Dance Academy students are ages 3 to about 18 and are the competitive dancers, she said.

“Our kids, Tempe Dance (Academy) dances around the world every two years,” Wanda said. “We go to Europe every two years; we perform at Euro Disney and Amsterdam, Switzerland, Austria. We’ve got kids on Broadway. We’ve got kids in colleges all around and Vegas, Broadway and cruise ships.”

A former competitive ballroom dancer, Wanda has taught dance for 66 years.

Last month audiences had a chance to see Yen-Li Chen Ballet School perform the classic “Swan Lake” at Chandler Center for the Arts.

The best seats for the shows in June get purchased quickly but tickets are still available for the dance studios’ shows this month, Rettig said.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to showcase what they’ve been working on all year,” she said.