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Dance Stars Coming To Chandler

Imagine our excitement when we learned top choreographers, Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, are all coming to Chandler this June.  These top choreographers have joined forces to create “Shaping Sound.”  The performance combines music genres and dance styles resulting in a visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion. If you are not familiar with these names, not to worry. Today we are diving in to learn more about each of these choreographers and their dance history.

First, let’s meet Travis Wall. Right now Travis Wall is a hot name in the dance industry. Travis was the runner-up for the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance, and is currently a resident choreographer and judge for the national dance competition show. He has choreographed for Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. He has worked with Florence and the Machine, Chelsea Handler, Eminem, and Rihanna. Travis also choreographed the contemporary numbers for the feature film, Step Up Revolution.

Next, let us introduce to you Nick Lazzarini. His multifaceted dancing abilities have leveraged his career within the United States and abroad. Nick is the season one winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance, and has been featured in countless publications. He has performed with music sensations such as Adele on Dancing with the Stars, Kelly Clarkson at this year’s American Music Awards and Florence and the Machine at The MTV Video Music Awards.

The next dance super star joining the Shaping Sound team is Teddy Forance. He grew up surrounded by dance as the fourth generation to live in his family’s studio, the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Massachusetts.  By the age of 17 he took his career to a professional level. Teddy is well-known for his work on seasons two and three of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. He has also performed with award-winning artists including Lady Gaga on American Idol, Usher at the American Music Awards, Florence and the Machine at the MTV Video Music Awards, among others.

And lastly, but certainly not least, meet Kyle Robinson. Kyle began dancing when he was 11-years-old. By the time he was 18, he had already received the Gold Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). He went on to fine-tune his abilities by training at the Julliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  His hard work paid off, and he landed the role of Diesel in West Side Story’s first national tour. Continuing with this success, Kyle performed a special ballet piece on Dancing with the Stars this past season.

As you can see this team brings dance expertise, strength and a guarantee to reshape your vision of dance.

The excitement of this show doesn’t stop there! Before the dancers hit the stage, you have the incredible opportunity to warm up and learn choreography straight from these top names.  Shaping Sound will take dancers on a two-hour journey of their rigorous warm up and show first-hand what it’s like to get your body ready for this physically demanding show. The cast will then teach a combination pulled directly from the show choreography. Register here!

To learn more about Shaping Sound and the workshop please visit their website here.

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Quick Sneak Peek

The weekend is almost upon us. What are your weekend plans? We hope you will join us here at the Arts Center.

Here is a quick glimpse at what to expect if you come to the CCA. Tonight at 7:30pm there is a Chandler Symphony Orchestra concert. The greatest news…the concert is free.  We think it is a wonderful way to spend your Friday evening. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of our Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurants.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7pm the Golden Dragons will take the stage. With breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty the acrobats will leave you speechless. Sample a taste of the show here:

 

Whatever your weekend might hold, we hope it is amazing. See you soon!


There is Hope

“I believe the most beautiful child of struggle is art.”
– Paul Williams, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

The long, hard road of struggle and trial briefly touches on the roots of our weekend performers, New Directions Veterans Choir. The choir is compromised of inspiring stories of hope and determination.  Each choir member carries his and her own personal saga of triumph. But as a whole, the group shares the common foundation of music and hope.

George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years, living in and around MacArthur Park. The power of music and the New Directions program united Hill with similar struggling veterans. This group eventually grew into a soulful cappella choir, New Directions Veterans Choir. The Choir is comprised primarily of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. Following their service to our country, they became homeless. New Directions gave them hope and direction.

The choir got their “big break” on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and since then has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and E! Entertainment Television. They have performed at over 100 venues and events. In doing so, they continue to spread their message of hope and redemption to other vets who struggle today.

Join us on Friday, January 18 at 8 pm as we witness the power of music, hope and inspiration at the New Directions Veterans Choir performance. Purchase tickets here.