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Though our business license in for Hawkins Dance Inc., we prefer to do business as Hawkinsdance (one word). Please refer to us only as Hawkinsdance, in all publications. Any checks or payments can also be made out to Hawkinsdance.
Hawkinsdance is a Tucson contemporary dance performance company that creates work for both the proscenium stage and non-traditional spaces, and just presented their first evening length production in March 2019, titled The People Electric. The company works on a project-by-project basis and is known for their work with the Tucson Museum of Art. The company was in residence at TMA for a series of performances surrounding the Arizona Biennial 2018 exhibition. Hawkinsdance has also participated in the Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance Festival in Tempe, AZ, where Artistic Director Shelly Hawkins was a Commissioned Artist for the 2019 main stage show. Locally, Hawkinsdance has collaborated with Tucson musicians like Katie Haverly, Jillian Bessett, and Anton Faynberg.
Hawkins is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Dance MFA program, and has been a resident of Tucson since 2003. She was recently awarded the stART Mini-Grant 2018-2019, from the Arts Foundation for Tucson And Southern Arizona. Her company focuses on creating new works as a way to give voice to the dance artists of this generation. Her work is motivated by a love of community and a desire to share dance as art, and embodies ideas of feminism, transformation, the afterlife, and an exploration of truth and reality. For more information visit www.hawkinsdance.org, or visit Facebook and Instagram @hawkinsdance.