Everybody, dance now! Recitals abound in June

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“Showcse” Ballet Etudes at the Mesa Arts Center.
“Showcase” Ballet Etudes at the Mesa Arts Center.

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 peers perform on stage. Here are several happening around the Valley in June.

“Crank It Up” (Sat June 18). The Dance Spot presents its 2016 recital. 10am, 12:30, 3 and 5:30pm. $2.50-$9.50. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E Ocotillo Rd. 480-987-7469 or qcpac.com.

“Feel the Magic” (Sat June 18). Dance Connection Scottsdale dancers ages 2 to 19 perform tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. 11:30am, 2, 4:30 and  7pm. $17. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

“In the Spirit of Dance” (Wed June 1). Tap, jazz, ballet, urban and contemporary dances performed by Dance 101 students of all ages. 6:30pm. $11. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

“Once Upon a Time” (Fri-Sat June 17-18). Annual recital for Classic Image Dance Company showcases students 3 to18 with performances of an abbreviated version of the ballet “Snow White” and numerous dances in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop genres. 7pm. $20-$28. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

“Showcase” (Thur June 2). Students of Ballet Etudes present an evening of ballet and lyrical/contemporary dance. 7pm. $13-$15. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St. 480-644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

“Summer Dance Fest 2016” (Fri-Sat June 10-11). The annual Dance Connection 2 recital features performers of all ages. Mini shows 5 and 7:30pm Fri; 10am, 1 and 4pm Sat; all-company show 7pm Sat. $9 mini shows, $18 all-company show. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E Ocotillo Rd. 480-987-7469 or qcpac.com.

“Toy Box” (Sat June 25). Discover the secret life of toys through dance and song. Presented by students of Wagner Studios of Dance & Music. 7pm. $15 and $17. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680 or wagnerdanceandmusic.com.

“When I Grow Up” (Sat June 4). Annual recital by students of Artistic Motion Dance. Noon, 3:30 and 7pm. Call for prices. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4131 E Pecos Rd, Gilbert. 480-279-7194 or higleycenter.org.

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