More than 25 years ago, the performer known as Zohar first experienced belly dancing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. She told the staff that she would become one of those performers—nine months later, she was back on board, complete with jangling coins on her hips. Since then, she's performed for Meryl Streep, members of the Saudi royal family, audiences at New York's Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall. Today, she prefers teaching the art to others over performing live, and many of her students have become professional dancers themselves.
When musician Joe Grotto got lucky in Vegas in 1994 and pocketed $75,000, he played it smart. Instead of blowing it all on a flashy convertible or a self-portrait carved into a human-size diamond, he used his windfall to build an intimate music venue with a state-of-the-art sound system. Joe began by booking manic rockers, brutal metal bands, and raucous blues guitarists before expanding to include more all-ages shows as the years passed. The success of the venue, which earned recognition as 2008’s Best Rock Club from the Phoenix New Times, has helped draw talented, original groups of all kinds to the stage. The limelight isn’t just reserved for established artists, either; on Wednesdays, bands looking for a place to play can sign up for the open mic, and on Monday, acoustic musicians steal the show.
Although its focus is on music, Joe’s Grotto hasn’t neglected other aspects of entertainment. The full bar pours draft brews such as Kilt Lifter, Blue Moon, and Shock Top while guests shoot pool at a pair of tables, play games on two Megatouch game machines, and throw darts or annoying companions at electronic targets. Out on the patio, revelers order more drinks from an outdoor bar, where a screen lets them watch inside happenings and a mister, cooler, and heater keep the fresh air comfortable all year round.
Professional artists from both the local community and from around the world flock to Raw Roots Professional Performance Center. They help aspiring actors, singers, and dancers perfect their skills before helping them take over the stage in a professional setting through 12-week professional programs. They also lead community classes for beginning and intermediate performers and dancers such as modern dance, hip-hop technique, and beginner tap.
Although LIMELight Agency also spotlights local interaction and marketing, LIMELight Events are designed to connect Arizona's people with their local artists, musicians, and business owners within the confines of their area's restaurants and hotels. Aside from events, the other sectors of the agency are dedicated to assisting business owners with enhancing their digital marketing presence online, as well as improving in-person professional networking and education, to maximize their growth and success.
Though it’s only been open less than five years, Dearing Acting Studio has already prepared some of its students for roles on TV shows such as House, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy. Much of the studio’s success hails from its staff of working actors, who lead students of all ages and experience levels toward their individual goal, whether that be performing in a Broadway play, starring in a commercial, or conducting a family meeting entirely in Shakespearean verse.
The Chaos Comedy Improv troupe spins lightning-quick thinking into tapestries of cachinnation during Saturday-night showcases of unscripted comedy. A vibrant, quick-witted cast evicts any lingering drama from the Dearing Acting Studio stage, giving audiences a reprieve from all non-laughing matters as they munch on house-popped popcorn. Upcoming performances vary wildly, as the troupe never plays the same show twice or forgets to wear random clothing found in a back alley. Fans of unadulterated imagination can rejoice that Chaos Comedy keeps the laughs family friendly.