All the right moves...

Celebrating 17 years in the Valley, Scorpius Dance Theatre has been a constant presence in the metropolitan Phoenix arts community since its debut, combining the motifs of humor, drama, and both organic and technical movement to form a very distinct brand of dance theater and aerial arts. Scorpius is best known for its highly accessible, full-length, themed productions such as CATWALK and Lisa Starry’s annual signature cult classic, A Vampire Tale.

Starry’s choreography for A Vampire Tale, filled with pas de deux performed in various couplings, showcases her dancers’ dramatic flair, athleticism, and grace. So, too, does aerial choreography by [Gavin] Sisson. The cast includes 27 dancers, 11 of whom perform aerial feats — sometimes solo, other times in tandem. Chief among them is Sisson, who exudes strength and agility in his work with silks, a suspended hoop, and the trapeze he twirls atop as if powering his own three-ring circus.

Lynn Trimble

Writer, New Times

The Arizona Republic 2014 Critics’ Pick: Best alternative to Cirque du Soleil

With shows such as the fashion-inspired “Catwalk” and the annual “A Vampire Tale” — dubbed “the ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween” — choreographer Lisa Starry’s company is inspired more by MTV than Martha Graham. And it has built an enthusiastic young audience by specializing in Cirque-style aerial dance, on ribbons and the lyra hoop.

Kerry Lengel

Reviewer, The Arizona Republic

Best Contemporary Dance Collective

Before you try a few new moves, you’ll want to take some notes from the pros. And while the footwork choreographed by Lisa Starry for her Scorpius Dance Theatre might be a little much to take to the club, every step, bend, lift, and stretch performed by her dancers would be guaranteed to get you a double take — given you can pull ’em off.

Best of 2012

People and places category, Phoenix New Times

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