Best Contemporary Dance Collective Phoenix 2012 - Scorpius Dance
Before you try a few new moves, you'll want to take some notes from the pros. And while the footwork choreographed by Lisa Starry for her Scorpius Dance Theatre might be a little much to take to the club, every step, bend, lift, and stretch performed by her dancers would be guaranteed to get you a double take — given you can pull 'em off. Starry founded Scorpius Dance in 1999, and ever since, her troupe of sexy, humorous, and kick-ass dancers has taken to countless stages in productions including A Vampire Tale, Catwalk, and this year's much-anticipated Kick-A, a local spin-off of the nationally acclaimed Carnival: Choreographers Ball, in which Starry found the "Best in the West" for Scorpius' first-ever choreographer showcase. Scorpius moves with a collective — and, yes, contemporary — emotion, grace, and magnetism that you'd be lucky to come across (or practice yourself) on a dance floor.