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 advancing the incredible legacy left by Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe,” said Cyrus. “Our students’ passion for dance and intentionality when it came to developing their careers was an instant hit for me! 

“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.”

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

The season begins with a unique, moderated panel on Oct. 5, “An Evening with the Creative Class,” featuring photographer Ed Flores and videographer Carlos Terrazas. Each artist has collaborated with the School of Dance over several years to create bodies of work in their specific field. Director Cyrus will moderate a discussion on disrupting the ephemerality of dance. Admission is free.

“An Evening with the Creative Class” is part of the Arizona Arts Signature Series, a curated set of events and experiences this fall designed to highlight the amazing work being done across the division.

Fall for Dance. Photo by Ed Flores featuring UA Dance Ensemble member Jack Haskins.

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There are two performances this semester starting with “Fall for Dance” (Nov. 3-6, 10-13) featuring guest artist Juel D. Lane who will add a fresh perspective on contemporary dance with a commissioned work curated by School Director Cyrus. The Masterworks series presents “Company B” by the legendary Paul Taylor.

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

School of Dance 2022-2023 season

An Evening with the Creative Class
Oct. 5

“An Evening with the Creative Class” is a new series from the School of Dance director, Duane Cyrus. The Signature Series event will present a curated panel and discussion on a range of topics that provide an opportunity for audiences to learn more about the art of dance and the people who live and love it!

Free admission/donations encouraged; seating is first come, first served.

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

Our fall mainstage production and we want you to “fall for dance” all over again! This concert features the incredibly talented dancers as they perform in a diverse range of dance styles that highlight the excellent training at the University of Arizona. Works by faculty members and featuring guest artist Juel D. Lane who will add a fresh perspective on contemporary dance with a commissioned work curated by School director Duane Cyrus. Additionally, our Masterworks series presents “Company B” by the legendary Paul Taylor. A work 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.”

SINGLE TICKET PRICES (available Oct. 3.)
Adult $35 / Senior, Military, University Employee $30 / Student $15

Arise | Student Spotlight. Photo by Ed Flores featuring UA Dance Ensemble members Kennedy Frazier, Alexander Turner, Jacob Amey, and McKaylee True.

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

Come see our students “dance their learning” in an inspiring evening of student works. The dance majors at the University of Arizona are more than performers! They are talented choreographers. “Arise | Student Spotlight” highlights their learning and development of the important skills necessary to present high quality performances. This is dance practice at its very best!

SINGLE TICKET PRICES (available Oct. 3.) 
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!

SINGLE TICKET PRICES (available Oct. 3.) 
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!

SINGLE TICKET PRICES (available Oct. 3.)
Adult $25 / Senior, Military, University Employee $23 / Student $12

Jazz in AZ. Photo by Ed Flores featuring UA Dance Ensemble members McKaylee True, Savoy Bailey, Casidy Chan, Madison Reznicki, and Kennedy Frazier.

Additional Concerts

Jazz in AZ 
Sept. 20-22

A longtime favorite! One Act One Hour! This annual performance features beloved works by faculty and guests and is connected to the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase. The event kicks off our season of performances and is produced by Professor Michael Williams. It should not be missed! The performances will inspire participants and energize the audience!

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

MFA Thesis Concert
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. To see how our young leaders launch what will certainly be amazing careers in Dance.

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