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2019-2020 Season

A Haunting We Will Go: A Tribute to Frances Smith Cohen

Center Dance Ensemble honors the artistry of its late artistic director through a retrospective of her past works, including “Dance of the Spiderwomen” and featuring the award-winning “Inside the Silence,” based on the paintings of holocaust victim Charlotte Salomon, as well as works by Assistant Artistic Director Diane McNeal Hunt and a guest performance by Nicole Olson.

Performances at Stage West:
October 17 – 20, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 7:30 pm
Sunday – 2:00 pm

Lunchtime Theater
October 17 and 18, 2019
Thursday and Friday, 12:10 pm

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen

Delight in the mystical world of sprites, gypsies and ice maidens, while young Gerda seeks to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s Crystal Palace.  Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s wintery fairy tale of the struggle between good and evil, Center Dance Ensemble brings the wicked Snow Queen to life! Experience Frances Smith Cohen’s masterpiece, “Snow Queen” set to Prokofiev’s lush score – a Valley favorite and holiday classic, now in its 29th season!  Perfect for families and audiences of all ages.

Performances at Stage West:
December 7-22, 2019
Saturdays- 2:00 and 7:00
Sundays- 2:00 and 5:00

LunchTime Theater:
December 6 and 13
Fridays, 12:10 pm


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

Special thanks to

Herberger Theater
Arizona Commission on the Arts
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