Press Release

May 20, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Offers Magnificent Dance Artistry

Dorrance Dance, “SOUNDspace,” photo credit: Stephanie Berger.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The 2021–22 contemporary dance series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents groundbreaking movement to contemporary companies rooted in the classical form. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts aims to be the premier contemporary dance presenter of the Southwest and foster the growth of dance in the region. In addition to several public and private community programs, the Center provides professional development opportunities and platforms for locally based projects to debut.

This season, witness the emotional Flamenco Íntimo, the exquisite blend of Bharatanatyam and modern dance with Ashwini Ramaswamy, the fanciful MOMIX and the percussive soundscape of Dorrance Dance’s tap.

Below is the schedule for four upcoming dance performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Flamenco Íntimo
Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 

Saturdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Experience rapid-fire footwork, passionate dance, virtuosic guitar and the soul-stirring vocals emblematic of flamenco. Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings together national flamenco dancers and musicians for eight unforgettable shows in the Center’s intimate Stage 2 Theater on select Fridays and Saturdays in October. Both cabaret tables and theater seats will be available. To culminate this series, Chacón will perform works inspired by Spanish dance pioneers Lydia Torea, Adelino Fernandez, Laura Moya and Dini Roman on Oct. 29 and 30, 2021. These performances will be followed by a panel discussion with performers who will share their stories about these trailblazing artists and their legacy. Additionally, a Flamenco por la Familia show will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, as part of the Center’s Family Series. This family-friendly performance incorporates storytelling, history and hands-on participation that all ages can enjoy.

Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 8 p.m.

Evoking a ritual of Hinduism, “Let the Crows Come” uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. This dance for three features an original score by Prema Ramamurthy, Jace Clayton and Brent Arnold. The score will be played live by a hybrid musical ensemble of Carnatic classical, western classical and electronic musicians seated on stage with the dancers. “Let the Crows Come” evolved from a simple idea; when a DJ remixes a song, they maintain its essence while changing its trajectory. To Ramaswamy, this mutation is reminiscent of being a second-generation immigrant — a person that has been culturally remixed to fit into multiple places at once. Ramaswamy is an independent choreographer and choreographic associate with Ragamala Dance Company, whose work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry. Deepen your experience of the work with a virtual engagement opportunity led by Ramaswamy in advance of the show (details forthcoming).

40th Anniversary – VIVA MOMIX
Friday, March 11, 2022, 8 p.m.
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. The program, called “VIVA MOMIX,” celebrates the most memorable works from the last 40 years. Interested audience members can stay after the performance for an up-close and personal post-show talk back with company dancers.

Dorrance Dance
Friday, March 25, 2022, 8 p.m.
Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Fellow and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Street, club and experimental dance forms — all of which are American dreams — awake to the sound of furious rhythms and find their boundaries missing. Tap dance, America’s longest-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due. Attendees can take part in a virtual talk with company members in advance of the performance for an insightful conversation on the work to be performed and the dancer’s experiences. Additionally, limited seating available for a 60-minute student matinee performance at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2022.

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Member and Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible teachers and active-duty military and veterans. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax free, and members receive a 15 percent discount. Gift wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., noon 5 p.m., and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)

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Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]