75 Years of Spanish Dance
This exhibition at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is a historical archive of a living tradition of Spanish dance in the Phoenix Valley. As early as 1894 there is mention of Spanish dance alongside Indigenous dance and Mexican dance in celebrations across the Phoenix Valley. 1947 marks the year from which we can pinpoint ongoing instruction that a cultivated Spanish dance community that has continued to flourish. Firsthand research of primary source materials weaves together the stories of four Valley dance pioneers who connected our Valley with a national and international community of artists, and who have contributed greatly to the cultural diversity of our community.
The exhibition was made possible through a collaboration with Scottsdale Learning & Innovation, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona State University and Julia Chacon.
Co Curators: Julia Chacon of Flamenco Theatre & Brittany Arnold of Scottsdale Learning & Innovation
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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Art Reach Gallery
7380 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Call for hours and availability.
The exhibition offers patrons the opportunity to read about and engage with performance history that connects Arizona with a global art form. How has Spanish dance and flamenco positioned Arizona in dialogue with international performers across the last 75 years?
Objects that represent flamenco and Spanish dance are included, showcasing performance objects, costumes, and programs that date from the 1930s to today.
A large collection of photographs brings the history to life. Interspersed among written history and showcased as stand-alone images, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the past that has made possible the present flamenco community in Arizona.
“I had no idea that these artists contributed so much to our cultural history in Arizona. I feel more connected to the larger world of Spanish dance after learning about the prolific careers of these Valley artists.“