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"Scorpius Dance Theatre’s founder, artistic director and choreographer, Lisa Starry, manages her company like a tight-knit family. Dancers enjoy working with her for that reason, while others simply respect her creativity and motivation." - Entertainer Magazine
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. It even has opened its own aerial studio to teach aspiring acrobats the fundamentals of an athletic, spectacular craft.
- Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic
Best Contemporary Dance Collective Phoenix 2012
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.
- Phoenix New Times
Best Contemporary Dance Company Phoenix 2010
Most contemporary dance companies are either boring to watch or so bizarre that you practically need subtitles to interpret a performance. That’s why we love Scorpius Dance Theatre, a local troupe known for mixing graceful moves and humorous interludes in a way that makes dance accessible to the average Joe.
- Phoenix New Times
Metro Arts Associate Director Lisa Starry’s company, Scorpius Dance Theater, won the Dance Organization Award first-ever “Mayor’s Arts Awards” at the 2012 Phoenix Festival of the Arts.
- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton