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A Haunting We Will Go

featuring The Return of Dracula

Full of mystery and suspense … just in time for Halloween!   We will explore Dracula’s two sides – the beast of the Vampire and the elegance of the Count. Premiere works by CDE Assistant Artistic Director, Diane McNeal Hunt,and guest artists Nicole OlsonRosenkrans Dans and Instinct Dancecorps will also be performed

October 18 – 21, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday ‒ 7:30 pm

Sunday ‒ 2:00 pm

*Special Halloween Costume Happening: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Stage West patio and foyer. Come dressed in costume and stay for the performance! Tickets include two adult beverages (beer and wine only),plus admission to the 7:30 pm performance of The Return of Dracula

Field Trip

Snow Queen rehearsal schedule for young dancers

Sunday, October 21, 2018
at Dance Theater West

3:00-4:00–Storm Clouds




Field Trip

Educational Outreach


Learn more about our in-school performances and school field trips to the Herberger Theatre.





“I was moved to tears watching your performance as I was reminded of what pure joy is.”

Joyce S.

“The dancers were accomplished story-tellers who drew the audience into the emotional content…”

Patsy L.

“…High energy and a class act.  A must see for thought-provoking choreography and modern-based story works…”

Donald D.

The Center Dance Ensemble

Center Dance Ensemble was founded in 1988 with the dual mission of creating original works of the highest artistic quality and designing arts education opportunities and programs for students throughout the Valley. In the 28 years since, we have created more than 80 original works. And we are proud to be generally recognized as the premier modern dance company in Arizona, with many of the other local dance companies, choreographers and dancers having roots in CDE.

The Resident Modern Dance Company at the
Herberger Theater Center

Stage West at the Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.,
Phoenix, Arizona

The Herberger Theater

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Support Us

Over the past 25 years we have set the standard for outstanding modern dance in the Valley. Our signature piece is Snow Queen, which probably best exemplifies our continuing efforts to create original work with a strong educational component.  We have premiered more than 85 dances, most recently The Portrait(2014) and Pride: one of The 7 Deadly Sins (2013). Other original pieces in our repertoire include The Ballad of Barbara Allen (1992 and 2011), The Attic based on ‘Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl’ (1993 and 2011), Hamlet/the Ballet(1996), Dracula (1998 and 2012), La Llorona (2000), Rite of Spring (2003, 2009 and 2013), Dance of the Spider Women (2003, 2005 and 2014), Made in the USA(2007), Carmina Burana (2010).

Help keep this pillar of the Phoenix arts community thriving.

Special thanks to

Herberger Theater
Arizona Commission on the Arts
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