School of Dance

The University of Arizona School of Dance announces its 2022-2023 season, the first under new Director Duane Cyrus. 

Cyrus is only the second director in the school’s history, following the retirement of Jory Hancock.

“Taking on the role of director for the School of Dance at the University of Arizona is an exciting honor for me, and I look forward to delivering my vision for the school through excellent performances,” said Cyrus.  

“The School of Dance has an exciting season of performances reflecting the exceptional dance training offered by our school. It is a vibrant time for the School of Dance and I am honored to be leading such amazing talent.”

“Fall for Dance” (Nov. 3-6, 10-13) continues the Masterworks series with “Company B” by the legendary Paul Taylor. The concert also features a special collaboration with guest artist Juel D. Lane who will add a fresh perspective on contemporary dance with a commissioned work, “In a Flow,” curated by School Director Cyrus. 

Lane is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”

He has performed nationally and internationally with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and currently dances with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. He has presented works on Ailey II, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.  Earlier this month, Lane was selected as an Emory University Arts and Social Justice Fellow, a program that strives to reimagine existing courses and address social justice issues. Recently, Lane choreographed for The ACT Theatre production of “Choir Boy” in Seattle.

The second performance is “Arise | Student Spotlight,” (Nov 30 – Dec. 4) featuring choreography created by our dance majors.

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Photo by Ed Flores featuring UA Dance Ensemble members Charles Palmer, Alexander Turner, Gabriel Rocha, Jesse Lozano, and Tyson Ford.

School of Dance 2022-2023 season

Fall for Dance
Nov. 3-6, 10-13

The dancers perform works by faculty members in a diverse range of dance styles that highlight their training at the University of Arizona. Audiences will be treated to both Lane’s “In A Flow” and Taylor’s “Company B” in the same program. “Company B” has been described as “…a seminal piece of Americana, Paul Taylor recalls the turbulent era of World War II through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters.”

Adult $35 / Senior, Military, University Employee $30 / Student $15

Arise | Student Spotlight
Nov. 30, Dec. 1-4

In “Arise | Studeny Spotlight” our students “dance their learning” in an inspiring evening of student works. More than performers, our dancers are talented choreographers. This show highlights their learning and development of the important skills necessary to present high quality performances. 

Adult $25 / Senior, Military, University Employee $23 / Student $12

Dance Springs Eternal. Photo by Ed Flores featuring UA Dance Ensemble members Faith Bossard, Cate Cerny, Ava Furukawa, Lily Kois, Taylor Lopez, Kiki Lucia, Anastasia Miller, and Isabella Triunfo.

Dance Spring Eternal
April 19-30

Just in time for a beautiful spring! Our mainstage production for the spring will feature works by faculty and guests and delight the audience as we move with the joy and hope inspired by the art of Dance!

Adult $35 / Senior, Military, University Employee $30 / Student $15

Awakening | Student Spotlight
April 20-29 

Here’s another opportunity to enjoy the range of talent our students bring to the stage. Come out and support the artistic voices of tomorrow’s bright stars!

Adult $25 / Senior, Military, University Employee $23 / Student $12

MFA Thesis Concert: Loud Undertone
May 5-6

Works by graduate students that reflect the depth of study and innovation inherent in the graduate level experience. This is the place to see new ideas take shape.

Adult $19 / Senior, Military, University Employee $17 / Student $12