START WITH ART!

As we head into fall, September has Phoenix Rising buzzing with dance events that you and your family, both the young and the old can enjoy!

Recently, I attended the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Start with Art luncheon as a guest of Ted Givens, Chair of the council’s board of directors. The fundraiser is The Arts council’s only fundraiser hosted annually and boasts the largest of its kind in the midwest, possibly nationally.

Attending this event reminded me how important my role and the role of our studio and company is in the lives of children and adults. Julie Goodman, President and CEO of The Art’s Council of Indianapolis, spoke about how the council’s mission this year is more inclusivity and diversity in the arts. This is what I gathered from her speech. Artists and keynote speaker Manon Voice and Xavier Ramey, respectively, spoke of the rich history of art and its colorful heritage. I was inspired and realized how powerful Phoenix Rising is and has been for bringing arts to the lives of of those who can afford it and those who cannot.

Our studios have been graced by arts groups such as Kenyetta Dance, ICNH(Insert Crew Name Here), Angel Burlesque, Midwest Fashion Week, Bob Direx, Footlite, Indianapolis Movement Arts, and many independent artists.

Indianapolis has a rich community of artist who need our support and can use our help or services we have to offer. This fall, we are committed to starting with art. The change we need to see or want in this nation has to be more than talked about or thrown donations towards, I agree with Xavier Ramey, wholeheartedly in this. We are supporting the Art’s Councils commitment to inclusivity and diversity, this is something we’ve done everyday.

Phoenix Rising is starting with Art this season. We are offering scholarships for dance classes to those in need and we hope that you’ll support us and our contributions to the Indianapolis arts community by attending at least one of our events in September. Check out all of our events by clicking the Events tab and support dance art. This fall…. START WITH ART!

*Sparks Travel to Secaucus, New Jersey for World Dance Championship!

*Sparks (9-12yr) and Little Sparks (7-9yr), are two tiers of our Phoenix Rising Dance Youth Company.
Here are just a few of the many pictures we took on our recent trip to Secaucus, New Jersey and New York City!

Our talented Little Sparks and Sparks traveled to Secaucus, New Jersey from July 31st through August 3rd. These 6 dancers qualified for this prestigious honor by competing at a regional Nexstar competition in May 2019. At this regional competition they were awarded a Wild Card Golden Ticket to the competition for receiving 1st place champions in the Intermediate Petite Small Group Category. Artistic Director, Justin Sears-Watson also received an Excellence in Choreography Award for the dance piece performed called “Hope”. In Hope, the dancers are dancing about their hope for a more inclusive and peaceful world.

Jewel, Jada, Jenesis, Samiyah, Thai, and Araiah were able to take advantage of this opportunity with fundraising by their parents and donations and extra help from friends and family. Little Sparks and Sparks parents worked extremely hard researching costs and were able to raise funds for the dancers. They even received brand new warm ups donated by Samiyah Grady’s parents Robert and Jasmine Grady. The girls absolutely loved them and they’ll be seen this year at many competitions. Jenesis Clark’s mother Tierre Clark organized a Zumba fundraiser, and Araiah Jones mother Elyshia Jones was able to reach out to a famous comedian who donated a large sum, as well. As you can see, when we love, work together and leave out the hate, there is so much we can accomplish!

In Secaucus, the dancers, Jewel, Jada, Jenesis, Samiyah, Thai, and Araiah stayed at the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel with various parents and guardians. Co-owner and Executive Director Will Sears-Watson and Artistic Director Justin Sears-Watson accompanied the dancers on this trip as well. The dancers were able to visit Gibney Dance where they rehearsed and visit Time Square, Union Square, Central Park, and many other New York City landmarks. They competed Friday morning and although they did not make top five, they did receive an Excellence in Modern Technique Award! We are so proud of our dancers and are so excited to see where the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 dance season takes them. Congratulations Sparks and Little Sparks! We couldn’t be more proud of your beautiful dance journey to World Dance Championships!

NEWS

Fall registration is now open! If you register before August 12th you will avoid tuition increases. Please email will@phoenixrisedance.com or call 317-820-5820 and ask for Will for more information.

YOUTH COMPANY AUDITIONS!!

AUGUST 10TH 11:45AM-2:00PM

If you’d like to be a part of our Phoenix Rising Dance Youth Company, Auditions will be held Saturday August 10th from 11:45-2:00pm

5-7yr olds 12-12:30pm

8-9yr olds and Embers 12:30-1:15pm

10-12yr olds and Little Sparks, Sparks 1:15-2:00pm

12yr-16yr olds Sparks and Rising Phoenix 2:00-3:00pm

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If you have questions about which time your child should attend, please email justin@phoenixrisedance.com or call 317-820-5820 and ask to speak with Justin concerning auditions.

TINY DANCER MAKE UP CLASS

IF YOUR CHILD IS ENROLLED IN TINY DANCER CLASS, IT WAS CANCELLED JULY 20TH. BE SURE TO BE AT THE MAKE UP CLASS FROM 10:30- 11:15 AUGUST 10TH RIGHT BEFORE AUDITIONS!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUE PATRONAGE AND SUPPORT!!

Artistic Director,

Justin David Sears-Watson