Ten Tiny Dances

March 19, 2022
Taliesin West

March 19, 2022 – 6:00pm & 7:30pm

CONDER/dance presents ten Arizona choreographers in an in-person performance in the Cabaret at Taliesin West. Using the unique catalyst of Taliesin West, local dance artists have designed inspired intersections between dance and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Presented on a 4 foot by 4 foot tiny stage, Ten Tiny Dances at Taliesin West challenges choreographers to think about space in new ways and connect with the audience on a deeper level.

Two performances, 6:00pm and 7:30pm, provide remarkable experiences for an exclusive in-person audience.

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Sam Arrow is a dance artist creating work that feels both personal and universal. Their art centers on family needs within ableist, heteronormative, oppressive structures. They are a micro activist who draws on their life as a parent and partner, and knowledge about the human body to empower those around them.  They are a Permanent Artist in Residence with [nueBOX] and a pelvic floor physical therapist. 


Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. CONDER/dance enjoys resident status at Tempe Center for the Arts and partnership with Taliesin West. She is currently Clinical Assistant Professor  for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Carley’s creative work has been presented by White Wave at Dixon Place (NYC), Chez Bushwick at the Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), WestFest at the Martha Graham Studios (NYC), Wave Rising at the John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), and the Cama-i Dance Festival (Alaska). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.  Carley has been the recipient of arts grants through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel. 


Spencer Dennis is a dancer and movement practitioner from Phoenix, Arizona. He began his training as a teenager at Dance Connection Scottsdale and the Arizona School for the Arts. Over the past 14 years, he has gathered career experiences in both commercial and concert dance performance, choreography, education, production, yoga, photography, and videography. Spencer has danced for several companies in the United States including Groundworks Dance Theater, Hawkins Dance, The Difference Between, and Soulescape. He has performed the works of Brian Brooks, Eric Handman, Amy Miller, Robyn Mineko Williams, Kathryn Altar, Peter Chu, and more. He has been twice awarded as an Arizona Artist of Promise for both his choreography and performance. Spencer is a current member of CONDER|Dance.


Jayne Lee trained as a dancer in London at The Place, and at The Juilliard School in NYC, she danced and choreographed for London Contemporary Dance Theatre for 10 years and toured internationally. Jayne moved to Flagstaff to become a Grand Canyon River Guide and still works on the river in the summers. Jayne is Executive Director of Human Nature Dance Theatre, a collaborative, interdisciplinary performance collective, which she co-founded with Delisa Myles and Paul Moore in 1994. HNDT won the Otto Rene Award for Political Theatre in 2008. She produced and directed the film DanceDownRiver, a tribute to wildness and water, filmed on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Jayne runs Human Nature Dance Studio in downtown Flagstaff where she teaches Argentine Tango, Tai Chi and Contemporary Dance. Jayne is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she has a private practice offering private and group lessons both online and in person, she is a practitioner assistant on the London Feldenkrais training.


Nicole Olson started her training in ballet and classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from University of Wisconsin, she performed for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee) and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). Currently, she is the associate director/principal dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre. Olson received the 2016 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance the Phoenix New Times named her “Best Dancer” in its 2016 list of 100 Creatives.


Elisa Marie Reed, Artistic Director of Waveform Movement, lives in Flagstaff, Az and teaches at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and Momentum Aerial. She grew up in Phoenix, Az and graduated from Arizona State University with her MFA in Dance in May 2020 and also holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She has worked as performer and teaching artist in Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis and New Orleans and as an Adjunct Professor at Scottsdale Community College. Over the past decade she has choreographed over 30 works produced around Phoenix. Some of her recent performances have been with Scorpius Dance Theatre, Halo Movement Collective, Liliana Gomez, Mary Fitzgerald, Halley Willcox and Nicole Olson/Movement Chaos. She has had the privilege of performing numerous times in England and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Esteban Rosales is a dance maker whose work some might describe as fun and ridiculous, or just depressing. Only sometimes there is an in-between. He is proficient and passionate in both the technological side of staging and art-making as well the composition and eventual performance of dance work. He isn’t able to tell you what he plans for the future, he simply takes his life one day at a time and weaponizes his Dance BFA from Arizona State University along the way. What he can tell you from a possible future is that you may catch him dancing for Ruby Morales’ 2nd iteration of her work, Breaking Pachanga, premiering April 30th. Stay tuned! You will most definitely catch him dancing around the valley of the sun over the next year or two. He loves horchata and he loves you.


Dinar Saifullin is an Arizona State University first-year graduate student in Dance, teaching assistant. Before moving to the U.S., had been working as a professional dancer with Kazan City Dance Company. He also worked as a Visiting Choreographer and Assistant Stage Director at Kazan Federal University in 2018 – 2021.

Houyu Pan is an Arizona State University second-year graduate student in Dance, teaching assistant. Graduated from Yunnan Art University with a degree in Dance Education (China) in 2019.


Amy Symonds first began dancing in her early teens and discovered a true love for the art a few years later. She danced with the Youth American Ballet Company for two seasons performing both soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Giselle, and Paquita. Since then Amy has worked on numerous projects and shows with Convergence Ballet Company, Scorpius Dance Theatre, Instinct Dancecorps, ELEVATE DanceWorks, JordanDanielsDance, and CONDER|dance. Currently, she is developing her own choreographic voice in addition to performing and teaching around Arizona.

Emily Laird, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is a freelance dance artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Since receiving her BFA in dance performance from Arizona State University, Emily has been creating and performing movement-based work around the valley. She is currently in her fourth season with CONDER/dance and has danced professionally with Eileen Standley, Michael Spencer Phillips, and Jordan Daniels. Additionally, Emily has performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage and participated in movement residencies with Eric Handman, Zoe Scofield, and nueBOX.


Joanna Watsch is a local burlesque artist with deep roots in modern dance. She enjoys bringing different expressions of dance together to tell intimate stories and explore cultural limitations.

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