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Arizona Grand Resort Begins Search for "Arizona Grand Jam Dancers"

Family-friendly resort to form Arizona’s first professional high school resort dance team

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (March 4, 2010) – Arizona Grand Resort, one of the Valley’s premier family-friendly resort destinations, today announced the launch of a Valley-wide search for the Arizona Grand Jam Dancers, an elite team of high school-aged dancers that will perform exclusively at the resort’s Oasis Water Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Arizona Grand Resort has partnered with the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance (KLSD) to assemble a group of 24 - 35 professional level dancers to become members of this one-of-a-kind dance team. Dancers will perform for thousands of resort guests at the 7-acre Oasis Water Park every weekend as part of the Arizona Grand Resort’s new summer entertainment program called Arizona Grand Jam. Guests can expect choreographed routines, courtesy of KLSD, as well as fun interaction with the Arizona Grand Jam Dancers and other entertainers.  The Arizona Grand Jam is part of Island Nights which will offer fun activities for the entire family including dancing, music, food, and dive-in movies to create a “cruise ship atmosphere” within the resort.

Open auditions for the team will take place on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Arizona Grand Pavilion.  Hopeful candidates of either gender must be between the ages of 14 and 19 but no formal dance training is required.  Dancers will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of industry experts, professional dancers and media celebrities.

In preparation for auditions, the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance is offering free classes weekly between March 3 and April 16. The dance school is located at 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8 in Phoenix. Space is limited so interested parties must call 480-706-6040 to reserve a spot. Class instructors will include Kimberly Lewis, founder of the Phoenix Suns Dance Team and owner of the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, Carrie Matheus choreographer for the Phoenix Suns Dance Team from 1991-1998 and artistic director for KLSD, Talia Favia top 30 finalist for the FOX hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, Jared Fox, with Celebrity Dance Competitions and Davey Trujillo, teacher and choreographer for KLSD.  Classes will be offered on:

Monday - 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday - 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday - 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday - 8:00 - 9:00 am

For more details, log onto www.ArizonaGrandResort.com or www.KimberlyLewis.com.

About Kimberly Lewis School of Dance

The Kimberly Lewis School of Dance was founded by Kimberly Lewis whose diverse dance career has taken her all over the world. She has studied with top dance instructors and major dance companies throughout the world. In 1990 Kimberly formed and directed The Phoenix Suns Dance Team. Today, the Kimberly Lewis School of Dance has achieved tremendous success and acclaim and has been voted the number one dance studio six times in the Ahwatukee Foothills. In 2000, KLSD started the Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet which has become a holiday tradition in the community. Kimberly’s unique combination of experiences, creativity, full staged productions, and her caring attitude has made KLSD one of the most respected dance schools in the country. www.kimberlylewis.com

About the Arizona Grand Resort

The Arizona Grand Resort is located on 164-beautifully landscaped acres at the base of the spectacular South Mountain Preserve and boasts 640 residential-style suites and 100 luxury Villa accommodations. The AAA Four Diamond rated property recently completed a $52-million redesign to enhance the property including all guest suites, main lobby, spa, golf course, and restaurants. A member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, Arizona Grand Resort offers the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, a challenging 18-hole golf course, seven unique dining venues, the full service Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa and 117,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000-square-foot exhibit pavilion. Arizona Grand Resort is independently owned and operated by an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP), one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the western United States.  During the past 45 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall.  More information on the resort is available at www.ArizonaGrandResort.com. @ArizonaGrand, Facebook: Arizona Grand Resort

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For more information on the Arizona Grand Resort, or to arrange an interview or fact check a story, please contact:

   Emily Dille, Marketing Manager
   8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
   p: 602-659-6312 
   edille@arizonagrandresort.com

 



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