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Desert Dance Theatre's mission is to develop, promote, and present contemporary dance theatre through performances, educational residencies and classes. Our goal is to foster a literacy of the arts through contemporary dance.
Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Tempe, Arizona. The company, founded in 1979, has evolved from a corps of four dancers who performed gratis in the Phoenix area to a company of professional artists who have toured and performed throughout Arizona, Neveda, New Mexico and Mexico. We believe that "art" is an essential element in the growth and cultural development of every commmunity. "Dance" is an aesthetic art form which utilizes other forms of art such as music, drama and visual design. The nature of dance may involve an individual both in an aesthetic and kinetic way. Dance is open to the creative interpretation of all participants as well as its viewers. Under the artistic direction of Marion Kirk Jones and Lisa R. Chow, the company creates innovative and exciting concerts. The company consists of experienced performers, choreopgraphers, and enthusiastic educators who strive to bring the openness, spontaneity and diversity of dance to the public, whether it be in a live performance or in a classroom workshop.