Dance and choreography show returning to Phoenix, looking for local skilled performers

AZ-EV 040115 Beta3Phoenix Center for the Arts presents the second annual “beta: An Evening of New and Exciting Dance Choreography” on Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third Street, in Phoenix.

This signature event provides the opportunity for local dance artists to produce and perform their own original works and seeks to introduce dance supporters in the Phoenix area to fresh artistic voices of movement.

“There is so much potential for Phoenix to have a thriving dance community, but one major issue is the lack of resources and performance opportunities. Beta provides choreographers not only with a performance venue and platform for their work, it also provides them with a paycheck. I feel very strongly that artists should get paid for the work they produce,” said artistic director Michaela Konzal.

“Beta Dance Festival was the first local dance festival I have witnessed in the Valley that showcases contemporary dance, while also providing an opportunity for more avant-garde and experimental work,” said Julie Ackerly, beta 2014 choreographer.

Last years inaugural festival showcased the works of Alyssa Brown, Angela Rosenkrans, Crystal Lewis, Diane McNeal Hunt, Erica Maclean, Grace Gallagher, Halo Movement Collective, Hannah Cooper, Jenny Escarpita, Jordandanielsdance, Julie Ackerly, Liliana Gomez and Miranda Manley.

“I appreciate that Beta Dance Festival allows for works in progress to be showcased alongside established and completed works. I think it’s great that Beta creates another opportunity for local artists to get their work seen, it helps to further strengthen the Arizona dance community.” said Crystal Lewis, 2014 beat choreographer.

Beta is currently seeking applications from the Valley’s best and brightest new wave of dancers and choreographers. Selected choreographers will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 6 at midnight. All dance styles are encouraged to apply.
For more information visit www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org/beta, e-mail info@phoenixcenterforthearts.org or call 602-254-3100.

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