Performances This Week

Listings ORTS AFTER DARK. DeMeester Band Shell. 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The Orts Theater of Dance bring the low flying trapeze out of doors for a free evening performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24 through 26. Performances feature four dance works that start after dark. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket for an evening of family fun. Call 744-4004 for information.

UA SPRING DANCE CONCERT. Gittings Dance Theater. Opening April 30 and continuing through May 2: Spring Dance Concert. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with a 2 o'clock Sunday matinee. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and seniors. Call MusiCall 621-2998 for tickets and information.


AFRICAN DANCE. Learn the movements of dance from Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria and Afro-Brazilian and Cuban regions with teacher Denise Hawthorne Bey. You'll also learn the intricacies of the music, and the traditional songs and their meanings. Classes meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $10 general, $8 for students, and $5 for kids grades K through 12. The location of the classes has recently changed. Call 623-8231 for new location information.

AUDITION NOTICE. The Isis Dance Theater Company is holding auditions for intermediate to advanced ballet, jazz and/or modern dancers over age 30 for forthcoming fall and spring productions. The company is also looking for actors and singers over age 30 for an original, one-act musical production. Auditions are by appointment only, and will continue until all positions are filled. Contact Rosemary Tindall-Gibson at 323-8437 for information.

BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Experience a touch of sophistication and romance with theme-dress occasions and a large, decorated ballroom. Cost is $7, $5 for members, which includes a free, professional dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. Annual membership is $25. Call 885-4599 for information.

BELLY DANCE. DITD Club House. 2014 E. Broadway, Suite 212. Learn to sway your hips at a free belly beginner's dance lesson, compliments of the Dancers in the Desert Belly Dance Club, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Call Karen at 888-6044 for information.

DANCE AND DRUMS. The Barbea Williams Performing Company announces classes in Pre-African and Pre-Ballet for children; and African Brazilian/West African, African Cuban/West African, and West African drum lessons for teens and adults. Registration is on-going. Call 628-7785 for information.

ECSTATIC TRANCE DANCE. The Little Temple Community Healing Arts Institute. 721 N. Second Ave. Ecstatic Trance Dancing is a smoke- and alcohol-free evening of movement and music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Dress comfortably for a biorhythmic evening on a body-friendly wood floor. Cost is $12 per session, class size is limited. Call Karma Carpenter at 326-7230; or email:, for information.

KIDS DANCE CLASSES. The Little Temple. 721 N. Second Ave. A wiggle and stretch creative movement class for kids ages 3 to 6 is held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Saturday mornings. Constant enrollment. The cost is $25. Call 887-1603 for information.

MODERN DANCE. The Zenith Center. 330 E. Seventh St. Jennifer Pollack teaches intermediate modern dance classes to help find and strengthen your center, improve placement, and explore and develop individual style from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evenings. Stretch and strengthen through modern dance from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost is $10. Call 320-7844 for information.

ORTS CLASSES. 121 E. Seventh St. Orts Artistic Director Anne Bunker teaches low-flying trapeze classes for adults and children, and modern dance classes for adults and children of all abilities. Call 744-4004 for information.

RELEASING DANCE CLASSES. The Little Temple. 721 N. Second Ave. Join anytime for this fun and powerful form of play. Classes are from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Monday evenings. Call 887-1603 for information.

SINGLES DANCE PARTY. Dance to the tunes of the '60s through '90s--rock, swing, disco and country--every Sunday at Gotham in the New West, 4385 W. Ina Road. A free buffet is offered until 8 p.m., with coffee and cake on the tables till 11 p.m. Singles Unlimited hosts this weekly affair, with a special admission of only $6 for newcomers. Call 888-8002 for details.

SWING CLASSES. Boondocks Lounge. 3306 N. First Ave. Learn to swing to the sounds of the Kings of Pleasure, free on Monday evenings. Beginners' class is at 7:30 p.m., and intermediate dancers meet at 8 p.m. Call 690-0991 for information.

WEST AFRICAN DANCE. Zenith Center. 330 E. Seventh St. Learn songs and dances of West Africa and the West African Diaspora from master dancer Donald Eno Washington. Mixed level classes meet from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Beginning classes are taught by Otehlia Kiser from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call 770-0668 for information.

WEST AFRICAN DANCE FOR CHILDREN. The Zenith Center. 330 E. Seventh St. Debbie Dimmett and Martha Santos teach beginning West African and Caribbean dance classes for children from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $5 per class with special rates available. Call 320-7844 for information.

WEST COAST SWING. Tucson Swing Dance Club. 6245 E. Bellevue St. 573-3732. Get in the swing of things at the Tucson Swing Dance Club every Thursday evening. Lessons are from 7 to 7:45 p.m. for beginners, and 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers. General dancing continues until 10:30 p.m. No partner necessary. Cost is $3, $2 for members. Call 573-3732 for information. TW

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