Opera in Tucson

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Carol Sottosanti inherited her love of hitting high notes and cutting rugs from her father, an opera singer who inspired her to pursue a degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona. Naturally, Carol wanted her children to also experience the beauty and exhilaration of performing on stage, but she couldn't find a program that would grant her kids the proper exposure and practice they needed. Teaming up with other moms in the community, Carol organized a few small shows starring the neighborhood's charismatic children, and subsequently, Kids Unlimited was born. Since its inception in 1986, KU Studios still produces shows regularly, preparing their young performers with various classes in vocal performance, dance, and acting. Aspiring triple threats can dive into a wide variety of camps designed to hone singing and dancing skills, while promoting awareness of important topics such as bullying or the proliferation of mimes in Tucson. KU's outstanding performers earn their way into small-group ensembles that perform regularly throughout the community.

6066 N Oracle Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Over the last three decades, dance guru Kathryn Ferguson has dedicated her career to practicing and teaching the art of belly dancing. First exposed to the form in Casablanca, Morocco, Kathryn continues to put her own spin on belly dancing’s traditional hip shakes and tummy undulations, releasing a series of instructional video tapes and leading classes in her Tucson studio. These Egyptian- and Lebanese-style belly-dancing classes accommodate beginning and intermediate dancers looking to get in shape or shake up the annual family-reunion talent show. The studio's bright yellow walls create an upbeat environment, and full-length mirrors allow them to check for proper form and keep tabs on emerging six packs. In addition to teaching classes at Xanadu Dance Studio, Kathryn also helms the Xanadu Dancers Troupe, which performs regularly at dance- and music-focused events such as the Mediterranean Nights gala.

2408 N Loretta
Tucson,
AZ
US

Live Theatre Workshop's thespians and production crew dedicate their theatrical talent to dramatizing plays in an intimate black-box theater. Paula Vogel's 1998 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama How I Learned to Drive centers on a teenage girl stumbling through a dangerous relationship. The show plays out on the Mainstage, a small theater that seats audience members within reach of the actors, intensifying performances and allowing patrons to see performers' faintly visible muses.

5317 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

We offer classes in Ballet Barre, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Yoga, and Swing Dancing. By popular demand we now offer Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet class for ages 18 months to 7 years. We also host a monthly swing dance and provide affordable rental space for local artists.

620 East 19th Street
Tucson,
AZ
US

. Fred Astaire Dance Studios has found a home in

Arizona for the past 46 years and is continuing to grow. Our studio offers all kinds of dance instruction - from ballroom to country western to salsa to nightclub dancing - for all ages and abilities through private, group, and practice lessons.

4960 North Sabino Canyon Road
Tucson,
AZ
US

The Little Gym is a foundational developmental opportunity for children 4 months to 12 years. Gymnastics, Dance, Parent/Child, Sports Skills and Karate classes. We also have awesome Birthday Parties and offer camps during the Summer and Winter breaks. We are good at what we do and we love doing it!

7225 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson,
AZ
US