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About Us

Phoenix Rising Dance Company was founded in 2014 by Justin and Will Sears-Watson as the Indiana Contemporary Dance Company.  After a year of performing around the city, mainly at community events and charity galas, they opened Phoenix Rising Dance Studios and changed the name of the dance company to reflect its new home.  

Since 2016, Phoenix Rising Dance Company has had two successful concert seasons at the former Theater on the Square on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis.   The company performed “A Transformation,” “Afraid of Americans,” and “Radio Phoenix 2.0” to enthusiastic audiences and terrific revues by local art critics.

In April of 2017, Phoenix Rising received their 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation status from the IRS, making the company a tax-exempt educational corporation.

Following the unfortunate closing of Theater on the Square, Phoenix Rising Dance Company was approached by the new Phoenix Theater and very quickly became the resident dance company at the beautiful, brand-new theatre on Illinois Street in downtown Indy. Their first concert at the theater will premiere August 31 of 2018.

About the Directors

Justin David Sears-Watson

Justin David Sears-Watson

Artistic Director

Justin's experience include being a Teacher-Jazz Dance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Teaching artist at Arts for Learning and Artistic Director / Founder at Phoenix Rising Dance Company.

He also Danced with Kaleidoscope and Indy Dance Academy.

Will Sears-Watson

Will Sears-Watson

Executive Director

A lifelong fan of dance and theater, Will is a hair designer and salon owner with 30 years’ experience. Upon founding Phoenix Rising Dance Company, he shifted his business focus toward performing arts and not-for-profit management. He handles the administrative and business aspects of the Company, as well as marketing and fundraising.


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This Mortal Coil

Don’t miss our friends Phoenix Rising Dance Company in their new show This Mortal Coil, running February 14th – 17th 2019! Call the box office for tickets: 317-635-7529 or buy online now! https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html.  We would love to see Read more…

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5122 E 65th st. Indianapolis, IN 46220

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