Spirit of Dance 30th Anniversary Celebration

2019 Spring Gala
Join the Celebration

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Please join us for a special reception at the Herberger Theater Center and celebrate with the Phoenix performing arts community.

Center Dance Ensemble (CDE) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:00 at the Herberger Theater Center (Stage West) in downtown Phoenix prior to matinee performance of Rite of Spring.

Join us for a special reception as we commemorate this significant milestone and honor CDE’s Founder and Artistic Director, Frances Smith Cohen, with the “Spirit of Dance Lifetime Achievement Award” for her vision and leadership as a dancer, choreographer and master storyteller. Her commitment to the performing arts and passion for dance has truly enriched the life of our community.

Frances launched Center Dance Ensemble in 1988 – the resident modern dance company at Herberger Theater Center. She also established Dance Theater West studio with her lifetime friend and business partner Susan Silverman, that same year. This is where thousands of children and many professional dancers and choreographers alike first discovered their passion for dance. This is also where Cohen’s classic ballet, Snow Queen, was originally conceived and rehearsed.


Patron tickets include hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages and admission to Center Dance Ensemble’s 2:00 matinee performance of Rite of Spring.

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