It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Frances Smith Cohen, Artistic Director of Center Dance Ensemble. Her grace, spirit and love of dance truly touched and enriched all of our lives. There will be a private burial this week… and a community memorial in the Fall. May her memory be for a blessing. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite performing arts organization in her memory.
“I was moved to tears watching your performance as I was reminded of what pure joy is.”
“The dancers were accomplished story-tellers who drew the audience into the emotional content…”
“…High energy and a class act. A must see for thought-provoking choreography and modern-based story works…”
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.,
The Herberger Theater
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.