Saturday will be a busy time for the Onyx dance troupe of Desert Sun Performing Arts. Submitted photo

Homemade dance hits the stage June 3 in the conclusion of “Got Arts, Maricopa.”[quote_box_right]IF YOU GO
What: Young Choreographers Showcase
When: June 3, 3 p.m.
Where: Maricopa Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
How Much: $5

What: Better When I’m Dancing DSPA Recital
When: June 3, 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Where: Maricopa Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.
How Much: $15-$20
Info: [email protected]; 520-483-8915[/quote_box_right]Besides the established schedule of fine arts and performing arts events, Maricopa Arts Council’s arts expo introduced the city to poetry slams, studio crawls, a world music showcase, performing arts gala and a movie-shorts competition.

The concluding event is another Maricopa first: ONYX Young Choreographers Showcase.

Desert Sun Performing Arts director Ceylan Gentilella called it “something really cool.”

“Dancers in our contemporary company, young adults and teenagers will be choreographing their own dances,” she said. “It’s nice to see what they come up with, who’s got the eye for movement.”

Staged in between two performances of the 11th annual DSPA recital “Better When I’m Dancing,” the choreography challenge will be judged by the audience. People’s Choice awards go to first, second and third place, with prize money of $300, $150 and $50, respectively.

Gentilella said the event was originally conceived as an adult competition, but she was seeing something special among her ONYX troupe.

“We’ve got real talent,” she said.

Eddie Perry, part of the Maricopa High School Class of 2017, has already choreographed locally for Families First CDC. He is one of the nine choreographers presenting six dances.

“I love choreographing because it helps me with my teamwork and being able to communicate properly,” he explained in his pre-recital notes.

Dances in performance are also choreographed by Riley Bell and Erin Hildick, Allison and Madison Tucker, Giselle Sanchez and Crystabel Sanchez, Samantha Perry and Katie Sherrod.


ONYX Young Choreographer’s Showcase
Choreographers: Riley Bell and Erin Hildick
Dance: Escalate
Song: Escalate
Artist: Tsar B

Choreographers: Allison Tucker and Madison Tucker
Dance: We Get What We Deserve
Song: Way Down We Go
Artist: Kaleo

Choreographers: Giselle Sanchez and Crystabel Sanchez
Name of dance: Love on the Brain
Song: Love on the Brain
Artist: Rihanna

Choreographer: Eddie Perry
Dance Name: Monster
Song: Joy/Monster/Forget You/You Don’t Know My Name SMLE Remix
Artists: Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Ceelo Green, Alicia Keys

Choreographer: Samantha Perry
Dance Name: Water Guns
Song: Water Guns
Artist: Todrick Hall

Choreographer: Katie Sherrod
Dance Name: Wicked Game
Song: Wicked Game (Live)
Artist: James Vincent McMorrow

Choreographers: Riley Bell and Erin Hildick
Dance Name: Chandelier
Song: Chandelier (Piano Version)
Artist: Sia

This story appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.