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Friday, November 24, 2017

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Balancing act: Kid performers find harmony between studies and stage

When school starts, some kids are pulling double duty managing academics and a demanding performing arts schedule. Practice time can absorb 16 to 20 hours per week. The time commitment during a performance week can expand even more. How do they do it? Kids who dream of Hollywood, Broadway and more share common traits, including […]

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Arizona Sunrays opens new Phoenix gymnastics and dance complex

Twenty-six years into owning Arizona Sunrays gymnastics and dance center in Phoenix, Dan and Julie Witenstein are finishing up the biggest construction project of their lives. Just north of Greenway Road on 32nd Street sits their new facility, a sprawling 34,000-square-foot modern concrete-block building that is light-filled and energy efficient. It features high (18- to […]

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After a hiatus from live music, “The Nutcracker” brings back the symphony

A local holiday entertainment staple, Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will return this year with live music by the Phoenix Symphony. The symphony was absent from last year’s performance after organizers said the cost of live music was just too high. Tickets for the Dec. 8-24 production at Symphony Hall go on sale Monday, July 10. […]

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Parents night out: 10 date-night ideas to welcome spring

The Valley doesn’t have to wait for the official start of spring; great weather is here. It’s the optimal time to grab your sweetheart and spend some time outdoors. Here are 10 date-night ideas to welcome spring: 1. McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Listen to live music from popular bands. Proceeds benefit local charities. Times vary. Friday-Sunday, […]

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“Camp Rock the Musical” at Desert Stages Scottsdale is fun for all ages

What better way to end the summer than to spend it rocking out and having fun? That’s what Mitchie and her friends hope to do when they arrive at Camp Rock. Things don’t work out quite as planned, though, and with Camp Rock’s very existence threatened, Mitchie must rally her fellow Camp Rockers to meet […]

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Everybody, dance now! Recitals abound in June

Dance recitals are plentiful this time of year, as studios with classes for young dancers showcase students’ talents. For families considering dance lessons for their children, attending a variety of recitals is a fun way to learn more about what local  dance studios offer. Recitals also offer an opportunity for kids and teens to see […]

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New book “A Chance to Dance” offers tips for dance parents

"A Chance to Dance"

Betsy Bradley, of Scottsdale, spent more than 40 years teaching ballet. Now her expertise is helping parents make good choices for their young dancers. Her new book, “A Chance to Dance: A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Dance Education” shares practical information and insights for the parents of child and teen dancers. The 149-page, 10-chapter book offers […]

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Dance recitals showcase students’ talents

dance recitals showcase student talents

Dance recitals are plentiful this time of year, as studios with classes for young dancers showcase students’ talents. For families considering dance lessons for their children, attending a variety of recitals is a fun way to learn more about what different Valley dance studios offer. Recitals also offer an opportunity for children and teens to see […]

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A kid-friendly first: mariachi opera

Arizona Opera, mariachi opera

Some parents think of opera the way kids think of broccoli. But it might be time to follow your own advice: Don’t say you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it. Arizona Opera opens its 2014-15 season with an opera that’s appropriate for all ages, according to education manager Joshua Borths. It’s short by […]

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Valley teen performs in “Memphis” musical

I fully expect to see Carly Grossman of Glendale, now just 17 years old and making her Phoenix Theatre debut in the musical “Memphis,” perform on Broadway one day. Grossman’s “Memphis” performance features the same talent, energy and passion that helped her win top acting honors at this year’s Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, presented by […]

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