13 Must-See Dance Performances in Metro Phoenix This Spring

Ballet Arizona performs Napoli in Phoenix this season.
Ballet Arizona performs Napoli in Phoenix this season.
Rosalie O'Connor

It's an especially exciting season for dance lovers in metro Phoenix as local, national, and international companies present diverse offerings that incorporate everything from architecture to spoken word performance. With all these choices, even folks who rarely hit the dance scene will find a little something that strikes their fancy.

See also: Wendy Whelan Brings Restless Creature to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Napoli February 12-15 Symphony Hall

Ballet Arizona performs the U.S. première of Napoli featuring choreography by August Bournoville and staging by artistic director Ib Andersen. Music is by Edvard Helsted, H.S. Paulli, Niels W. Gade, and H.C. Lumbye.

Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling 602-381-1096 or through www.balletaz.org. Showtimes vary. Visit www.balletaz.org for information.

Scorpius Dance Theatre performs David + Lisa in Phoenix this season.
Scorpius Dance Theatre performs David + Lisa in Phoenix this season.
Rose Torres

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An Unusual Love Story... David + Lisa February 12-14 Hormel Theatre at Phoenix Theatre

This contemporary dance work is inspired by film and play versions sharing the tumultuous love story of two people who met at a treatment center. The piece, performed by Scorpius Dance Theatre, features dramatic black-and-white staging, and original music by Ryan Breen and Kristofer Hill. Gavin Sisson performs the role of David, Lisa Hammond the role of Lisa, and Nicole Olson the role of David's mother.

Tickets are $30 and available by calling 602-254-2151 or through tickets.phoenixtheatre.com. Show times vary. Visit www.scorpiusdance.com for more information.

ASU Gammage presents Dirty Danging in Tempe this season.
ASU Gammage presents Dirty Danging in Tempe this season.
Courtesy of ASU Gammage

Dirty Dancing February 17-22 ASU Gammage

This Broadway musical is inspired by the film of the same name, which imagines a summer romance between Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent people from two very different worlds.

Tickets are $28.30 to $143.80 and available by calling 480-965-3434 or through www.asugammage.com. Show times vary. Visit www.asugammage.com for more information.

This innovative company based in The Hague performs this season in Scottsdale.
This innovative company based in The Hague performs this season in Scottsdale.
Courtesy of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nederlands Dance Theater 2 February 28 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Young performers who dance with Nederlands Dance Theater, located in The Hague, perform a four-piece program of contemporary dance works.

Tickets are $39 to $69 and available by calling 480-499-8587 or through www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. The one-night-only show starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.ndt.nl for more information.

Scott Bodily and Erin Lovrien perform Shakespeare-inspired piece with Center Dance Ensemble.
Scott Bodily and Erin Lovrien perform Shakespeare-inspired piece with Center Dance Ensemble.
Tim Fuller

Shakespeare at the Herberger March 5-8 Herberger Theater Center

Center Dance Ensemble performs works inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet and the daughters of King Lear, as well as Shakespeare sonnets.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $14 for students and available by calling 602-252-8497 or through www.herbergertheater.org. Show times vary. Visit www.centerdance.com for more information.



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