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2016-17 School Year

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Nov. 2016

Congratulations to Metro Arts Dance teacher Nicole Olson for winning the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Dance.




Nov. 2016


Macbeth performance by Brelby Theatre Company


By William Shakespeare

Synopsis: The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be made thane (a rank of Scottish nobility) of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They also prophesy that Macbeth’s companion, Banquo, will beget a line of Scottish kings, although Banquo will never be king himself. Join us for this epic tale of desire, betrayal, and the struggle for power next Halloween.

 This production was offered FREE to the public in the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre. The project was funded through the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.

Performance Dates:
Nov 4, 5 @ 7:30pm/ Nov 5, 6 @ 2pm



Oct. 2016


Photo teacher Stephanie Carrico's "The Trunk Space" , a non-profit music and performance venue re-opens in great new location

The old Trunk Space was about 1100 sq ft, the new space is about 1,600 sq ft. We will have a greenroom, 2 bathrooms and a couple extra rooms that we will be using as either artist studios or office space for an arts related non-profit. We are not yet sure. There will be 3 rooms total available for people to use for workshops or classes, which I am pretty excited about. We just want to be able to offer as much as possible to the creative community.

The space is really fantastic. I love that it is so close to Roosevelt Row, there is a lot of parking as well as access to street parking, the library is walking distance so people could park there as well and walk over. It is near light rail. The Gothic architecture is beautiful. The courtyard with grass is a great place for people to hang out. Plus having access to do shows in the courtyard and Hope Hall really expands what we can do.    S. Carrico


 Oct. 2016


Nicole Olson named Phoenix New Times 2016 "Best Dancer"

Congratulations to Metro Dance teacher Nicole Olson for being names the Valley's best dancer for 2016 by the Phoenix New Times!

"There's a monumental shift happening in performance art, as companies grapple with the growing difficulty of getting butts in seats. Creatives are finding new ways to take performance art to the people, which is something dancer and choreographer Nicole Olson has mastered. Olson, who serves as assistant director and choreographer for Scorpius Dance Theatre in Phoenix, has performed at diverse locations including the Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, and several local art galleries. She's choreographed work for local theater companies, including Stray Cat Theatre and Nearly Naked Theatre, and served as director of dance for Metropolitan Arts Institute. She's best known for being the fierce queen of the vampires in Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale, but has also performed in Center Dance Ensemble productions. As a lovely dancer with long, fluid lines and a choreographer skilled at storytelling through movement, Olson elevates the metro Phoenix dance scene. A true collaborator and trailblazer, Olson embraces the call for contemporary dancers to move outside their own art form to work
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