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Though Aspen and Santa Fe are okay places to visit if you have to, we’re pretty stoked to be on the limited tour schedule of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, fresh from its Moscow debut earlier this month. The company’s danced at Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival during its 17-year history.

This season marks the farewell performances of dancer Sam Chittenden, who took up ballet in college to improve his rock-climbing. Chittenden’s chiseled muscularity helped establish the athleticism ASFB’s dancers are known for. Their contemporary repertoire, including a piece danced en pointe to samba rhythms, draws from some of the world’s hottest choreographers.

It all goes down (and up, sideways, and around) at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Fri., March 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 23, 8 p.m., 2013


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