Phoenix Project Dance To Host Tenth Year Celebration In Norwich

By: Matthew White

Phoenix Project Dance to host tenth year celebration in Norwich

NORWICH – “And just like that, ten years went by in a blink of an eye,” said Mikey Perkins, choreographer and instructor at the Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich as he recalled highlights of the past decade with the Phoenix Project Dance.

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary, the company's dancers – who are dotted about the United States – are coming to town to put on a special memorable show that will be open to the public.

In addition to offering their hometown fan base an exciting and unique routine, the return of the company to the hub the Perkins School also serves as a kick-off for the 2014-2015 tour season, said Perkins.

“We're doing something very special for the tenth year anniversary show,” explained Perkins. “We're putting together a piece that will include any of our trained dancers and younger students from our summer program who want to participate alongside the The Phoenix Project Dance touring company.”

Included in the evening presentation will be “The Lightning Sonata,” a performance that accompanies a piano composition by special guest Dr. Anthony Cicoria – an orthopedic surgeon who became a curiously competent musician only after being struck by lightning.

Phoenix Project Dance has enjoyed both national and international accolades since its inception in 2004 under the careful artistic direction of Amber Perkins, and is currently booking a busy tenth season.

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“The first act will be a celebration of the touring company's hits. The second act will include the collaborative bit. It's going to be very cool, and the kids are very excited to be able to have the opportunity to work alongside their mentors,” said Perkins.

“The Norwich Dance Club will participate with us for ‘Tango,’ a dance routine of ours that has been especially popular on the road.”

The third act will feature the U.S. debut of a new performance dubbed “Six Breaths” which has only been shown once, abroad in Ottawa.

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