Open call for choreographers for Perfectly Imperfect’s January showcase

Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company is holding an open call for choreographers of all ages and styles for the company’s showcase on January 19 and 20 at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company will perform an entire collection of choreography mixed with spoken word as a part of Latefia Bradley’s debut show.

Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company will showcase their debut work, along with the works of other choreographers on January 19 and 20 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company.

“One half of the show will be dedicated to choreographers and companies around Phoenix,” Bradley said. “While the other half will showcase only the Perfectly Imperfect company dancers.”

Choreographers across the state, and nation, are asked to submit their works through a video audition. The video auditions will then be viewed and chosen for the show by artistic director Bradley.  All styles of choreography are encouraged to audition.

“Opening it up to local dancers allows for a more diverse show and will also garner much more audience attention,” Bradley said.

“Choreographers are always looking for an outlet to expose their work to the world, and I think this is the perfect opportunity,” said ASU dancer Steven Redondo. “As part of the Free The Dance performance committee, I am excited to enter our work.”

Audition submissions must be submitted by December 2 and must be no longer than 8 minutes in length.

RSVP to the the Facebook event or click to complete the Perfectly Imperfect choreographer registration! Please include a link to your audition video.

For questions or inquiries contact Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company at imperfectdance@yahoo.com

Best of luck to all participating!

CREATE! choreography competition comes to Tempe

Celebrity Dance Competition hosts CREATE! in more than 10 states across the country. Anyone can be a Celebrity! Photo courtesy of Celebrity Dance Competition

Celebrity Dance Competition recently hosted CREATE!, an event packed full of choreography and competition at Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

CREATE! is a positive environment in which all dancers are considered celebrities and given the chance to shine and grow through performance, according to the Celebrity Dance Competition website.

“You get star treatment with Celebrity Dance Competition’s event CREATE!,” said studio dancer Jenn Flood. “They really value the importance of each individual dancer and bring out the talent in every single performer.”

Each participant is encouraged to take part in the Celebrity DanceDown in which they are given an opportunity to audition a high energy routine in front of top industry judges. Select dancers are rewarded prizes and scholarships at the end of the audition process.

“The feedback from the judges at CREATE! allows me as a choreographer to really delve into the intent behind my movement and enhances the overall work ethic of my dancers,” said choreographer Katie Carollo.

Each CREATE! dancer receives a complimentary Celebrity souvenir tank top as well as a complimentary medal for each routine they perform in. Additional trophies, medals and prizes are rewarded to top scoring winners in each category and age division.

To see where the CREATE! tour is headed next, visit the Celebrity Tour Map.

For more information on how to become a Celebrity dancer and how to take part in the event, visit the Celebrity Dance Competition website and like Celebrity Dance on Facebook.


Desert Dance Theatre presents the 2012 Arizona Dance Festival

The Arizona Dance Festival is an annual presentation by the Desert Dance Theatre. Image courtesy of Desert Dance Theatre

The annual Arizona Dance Festival brings together up-and-coming choreographers and professional companies for a weeklong celebration of dance, followed by a showcase at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

From October 8 to 14, dancers will participate in 9 master classes in styles such as Bollywood, modern, jazz funk, flamenco and belly dance.

“Participating in the Arizona Dance Festival is great resume builder and a good way to network,” said ASU dancer Shayna Bagshaw. “But most of all, it’s about the celebration of dance and how it is a common thread among many people.”

The week long intensive will conclude with a two-night showcase at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 12 and 13 at 7:30pm. Each performance will feature up-and-coming Arizona artists, local companies, and diverse genres of dance. Artists from California and Nevada will also be among the cast of performers.

The festival is produced by Desert Dance Theatre, which was founded in 1979 by ASU alumni and still remains a prominent contemporary dance company today.

Tickets can be purchased online at Tempe Center for the Arts or by calling the  box office at 480-350-2822.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for students.

Interested in the 2012 Arizona Dance Festival master classes? Visit the ADF event packages & passes webpage for more information and registration details.

Danceplug.com, the virtual dance experience

Start your profile today and connect with thousands of dancers across the world. Image courtesy of danceplug.com

With danceplug.com, the world of dance is virtualized into an interactive website that offers dancers profiles, classes, auditions and interviews.

Since it’s inception in 2008, danceplug.com has become an online market for choreographers and dancers to discover one another’s works while also promoting their own resumes.

The mission of danceplug.com is to help dancers enter the industry by offering free career profiles with personalized danceplug webpages.

“Danceplug.com is the resume for the 21st century dancer,” said ASU sophomore Shayna Bagshaw. “By creating a profile, you are essentially attending your own “audition” in which thousands of other dancers and choreographers are attending.”

The personalized profiles allow you to upload multimedia as well as display information such as experience, stats and current projects.

Danceplug also offers its members professional high definition demo videos and artistic consultation to take their resume profiles to the next level.

In addition to personal profiles, danceplug.com offers online classes from top faculty including So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon and the widely acclaimed LA choreographer, Tokyo.

Worldwide auditions for cruise lines, dance companies and musical theatre productions are listed on the website and provide members with connections to endless opportunities.

Check out danceplug.com and create your profile today!

ASU alumni launches new dance company

Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company was founded in the spring of 2012 by Arizona State University School of Dance alumni and artistic director, Latefia Bradley.

“The Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company was developed to educate and inspire, in and outside of their community,” said company founder Bradley. “By using each dancers personal experiences and artistry to provoke and encourage positive change within our society.”

Ten dancers were chosen to join the company after an extensive audition in April.

Perfectly Imperfect company members in a performance in Phoenix in April 2012. Image provided by Latefia Bradley.

Perfectly Imperfect pushes its members to not only commit themselves physically but also emotionally and spiritually, in hopes to provide support and understanding for those in need, Bradley said.

The company is currently rehearsing for a show in February and plans to perform the production in both Phoenix and Tucson.

The show will combine elements of spoken word poetry and dance to transport the audience through time with choreography specific to each decade in America’s history.

“I want the show to be a narration of one’s journey through life, with a live spoken word narrator,” said Bradley.

Although the dancers have been rehearsing since August, fundraising and deadlines are two of the biggest challenges the company has faced.

“My best piece of advice to achieve your dreams is to be a go-getter,” said Bradley. “Always go for what you want and do it with integrity.”

View the Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company promo video below and like Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company on Facebook for company updates.

How Free is Your Dance?

Free The Dance is an organization focused on spreading the love of dance through movement classes and community outreach.
Promotional logo provided by Jay Bouey.

Free The Dance is a student organization at Arizona State University that offers free dance classes for students, as well as the public.

“I created Free The Dance as a place where people can come and unite with their love for dance,” Jay Bouey, student and president of Free the Dance, said. “It’s very hard to find free dance classes anymore.”

Jay Bouey, a Junior studying Dance Education at the ASU School of Dance, created Free The Dance in the fall of 2011.

The organization is entirely student ran and organized. Each week a different student choreographer teaches a class in a specialized dance style. Past styles have included contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, African and even belly dancing.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students who have never taken a dance class or have never choreographed to come share their talent,” said student and Vice President Cassandra Akpan.

Choreographers who have taught at Free The Dance have gone on to professionally choreograph for showcases and local studios, Akpan said.

In addition to free weekly classes, Free The Dance offers a performance aspect in which students can attain studio-to-stage experience while performing at events around Phoenix and Tucson. Community outreach, such as volunteering for after school dance programs, is also a mission of Free The Dance.

Dancers performing the jazz combiation at Free The Dance’s September 10th class.

Free The Dance offers free classes every Monday at 8:45PM at the Arizona State University Nelson Fine Arts Center Room 28.

Like Free The Dance on Facebook and join them on OrgSync