ONYX Dance Company in rehearsal

For the second year, the ONYX Young Choreographers Showcase will take flight in the Maricopa Performing Arts Center.[quote_box_right]IF YOU GO
What: ONYX Young Choreographers Showcase
When: June 30, 3 p.m.
Where: Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Road
How much: $7
Info: [email protected], [email protected], 520-483-8915[/quote_box_right]

Started last year as part of the Maricopa Arts Council’s arts expo, the event is a performance and a contest. Choreographers in their teens and early 20s have created dances developed by the ONYX Dance Company, resident troupe of Desert Sun Performing Arts.

The showcase will feature approximately 15 dances and will start at 3 p.m. June 30.

Following the slate of performances, audience members are asked to pick their favorites. People’s Choice prizes will be awarded to the top three. First place receives $300, second place $150 and third $50.

Award funds are underwritten by Maricopa Arts Council and Desert Sun Performing Arts.

The showcase is a long-term dream of DSPA’s founder and director, Ceylan Gentilella. Herself a talented choreographer, Gentilella knows first-hand the excitement of bringing a dance creator’s personal artistic vision to life in real-time presentation before the public – definitely an acid test for the work.

“ONYX dancers and choreographers have been working hard all season to bring an amazing show to the city of Maricopa,” said Katherine Sherrod, president and co-founder of ONYX Dance Company. “We cannot wait to see you there.”

This story appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.