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Choreographers in spotlight at ROCS

Citizen Staff Writer
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Make Valentine’s Day an evening for beauty and the sweets by attending Ballet Tucson’s third annual ROCS concert, an event designed specifically to encourage new choreographers to create new work.

Ashley Bowman, a former Ballet Tucson dancer now a master’s candidate in choreography at the University of Arizona School of Dance, has set a work on the company that she originally created for UA dancers. Another Ballet Tucson alumna, Margaret Mullen is now a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She comes back home to partner with Andrew Bartee who is also dancing with PNB.

In a collaborative spirit of community, the new company Thom Lewis Dance has been invited to share the Ballet Tucson stage, presenting choreography created by Amy Barr-Holm.

To complete this rooting of new choreography by new choreographers, six members of the company have created new work using music found in the public domain. Ballet Tucson will also perform these pieces.

In addition, a pair of students from Ballet Tucson’s dance school will have a showcase for the work they created in Cheiko Imada’s choreography class. Their dances will be performed by the company, as well.

As for those sweets, a dessert reception with chocolate, champagne and candlelight will follow the performance. An exhibition of jewelry and other pieces designed by area artists will be on display.


What: Ballet Tucson presents its third annual Roots of Choreography Showcase

When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14

Where: Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Price: $25 general admission, $17 students and groups of 10 or more

Info: 903-1445, ballettucson.org

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