The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and The Movement Source Dance Company will present a special series of moving dance performances in Old Town Scottsdale on March 4-5.
Arizona Trolley Dances will begin at the center, where patrons will ride Ollie the Trolley for a tour of short dance works at various downtown locations. The tour will stop at five unique locations during each event.
“The center is extremely pleased to present the first wagon dances here in Old Town alongside The Movement Source Dance Company,” said Diandra Adamczyk, senior programming coordinator at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “Like San Diego, where Trolley Dances was created, Scottsdale is an ideal city to host this event with its marching, trolleys and public art. We hope it becomes a really fun tradition and a way to see dance specific to the site.”
Joining The Movement Source will be made up of performers from the company behind the idea: the San Diego Dance Theater. In addition, artists from Grupo Axé Capoeira (martial arts) and the Jukebox Family (hip hop style) will also participate in the progressive event.
Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding, co-director of The Movement Source Dance Company, said she first saw Trolley Dances in San Diego’s La Jolla neighborhood in 2015 at a dance conference and that she immediately loved the idea. Fernandez-Herding then sat down with choreographer Jean Isaacs — the former artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater, who created Trolley Dances two decades ago — and began exploring the idea of bringing Trolley Dances into Arizona.
“Jean invited us to perform in the San Diego Cart Dances in the summer of 2021, so we had an amazing, first-hand experience,” Fernandez-Herding said. “So in bringing this exciting outdoor dance event to Scottsdale with the support of Scottsdale Arts and San Diego Dance Theater as guests, along with Grupo Axé Capoeira and the Jukebox family, Movement Source is thrilled to co-hosting this exciting and fun Trolley Dance event on March 4-5 in Arizona.”
Susan Pine-Harris, co-founder of The Movement Source, choreographed one of the performances. And live musicians will accompany the dancers at two of the five stops.
Trolley Dances is not the first non-traditional dance collaboration between Movement Source and Scottsdale Arts. In 2020, the two organizations joined forces for “Reconnect! The Parking Lot Dance Project”, which was staged atop a parking lot near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts during Canal Convergence. This pre-vaccination performance was COVID-19 friendly for patrons, who all watched the show from the comfort and safety of their vehicles, arranged in a circle around the dancers.
Fernandez-Herding said The Movement Source enjoyed this previous collaboration and feels this year’s venture with Trolley Dances is the perfect new project to bring to the community. The perfect spring weather – combined with the energy of the dancers, the fun of riding Scottsdale’s city streetcars and the chance to see art in unique settings – should make for an inspiring weekend, he said. she declared.
And with the San Diego Dance Theater joining local performers, Trolley Dances is taking a full turn back to its roots.
“It’s been a thrill to perform with Movement Source in Arizona’s first-ever cart dances,” Isaacs said.
Founded in 1988, The Movement Source is a non-profit multimedia modern dance company whose mission is to expand dance audiences in Arizona by creating exciting and accessible dance works, educational programs and events. Company members represent a wide range of talents and diverse backgrounds, and the company is creative in its approach to choreography, community education, and performance in theaters and non-traditional venues.
The Movement Source Dance Company is a recipient of a Community Arts Grant from the City of Scottsdale.
The Arizona Trolley Dances experience begins at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. Tickets cost between $20 and $30. Call the box office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information on wheelchair accessible tickets. For more information, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events.
All guests 12 years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the show date, along with photo ID, to attend shows. Alternatively, customers can provide proof of full vaccination. Masks are strongly encouraged to protect artists, staff and patrons. For complete health and safety protocols, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/covid-19-response.