CONDER/dance Presents
Ten Tiny Dances
At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Experience and celebrate the legacy of performing arts at
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West with a special live outdoor
dance performance situated in this dynamic historic site
directed by acclaimed choreographer Carley Conder.

Above: CONDER/dance will perform Ten Tiny Dances at Taliesin this Saturday.

Beginning in 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright established Taliesin West—recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site—as a place of community, art, innovation, and performance. Now, it’s carrying on that legacy and inviting you to be part of it as CONDER/dance presents ten Arizona choreographers in an in-person outdoor performance on the Prow of Taliesin West on Saturday, April 3.

Using the unique catalyst of the iconic landmark, local dance artists have designed inspired intersections between dance and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Presented on a 4-foot by 4-foot tiny stage, Ten Tiny Dances challenges choreographers to think about space in new ways and connect with the audience on a deeper level. 

Two performances will be held at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Both will provide a unique experience for an in-person audience.


Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance. Founded in Arizona in 2003, CONDER/dance is a resident arts organization at Tempe Center for the Arts and the producing of the annual dance festival Breaking Ground.  The dance company also has enjoyed performances at venues throughout Arizona including Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Orpheum Theater, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Clarendon Hotel.  Carley’s creative work has been presented by White Wave at New York City’s Dixon Place, Chez Bushwick at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, WestFest at the Martha Graham Studios in Manhattan, Wave Rising at Brooklyn’s John Ryan Theater , and the Cama-i Dance Festival in Alaska. Carley has been the recipient of arts grants through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel. Carley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Above: The dancers will be challenged to think about space in new ways and connect with the audience on a deeper level.


Sam Arrow grew up dancing in Yuma, AZ and later trained at the University of Arizona, earning a BFA in Dance. He then became a physical therapist, specializing in pelvic floor therapy. 

Liliana Gomez, originally from Guadalajara Mexico, has been choreographing in Phoenix for many years. She has set work on many dance companies, community colleges and universities and is passionate about sharing dance with the community.

Diane McNeal Hunt loves the rehearsal process, the opportunity to excavate, explore and create until the soul of the dance emerges. She feels  that the creating process is alive and rich with human, honest, collaborative, meaningful commitment and participation.

Shelly Hawkins founded Hawkins dance in 2017 as a way to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of the art scene in Tucson, and to provide a platform for her fellow artists. She has choreographed for both the proscenium stage, film, and non-traditional spaces including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art.

Keith A. Thompson, a choreographer, teacher, and dancer, completed his MFA Research Fellowship in Dance from Bennington College in 2003. He then danced internationally for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1992-2001, serving as Trisha’s Rehearsal Assistant from 1998-2001. Thompson is currently the Director of Dance at Arizona State University.

Halley Willcox received a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University.  She works as a faculty associate at Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University, as well as teaching workshops regionally and internationally, and is the director of Methods of Madness Dance Theater, an outlet for her creative work. 

Eduardo Zambrana is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. As a dancer, he has performed with Hawkins dance and Convergence Ballet Company. Zambrana is currently a MFA candidate in dance with a specialization in performance and choreography at the University of Arizona.

CONDER|dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in Arizona. By creating vibrant new works, providing platforms for artists to present innovative voices in dance and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange, CONDER|dance’s objective is to enlarge the artistic environment that is vital to the cultural fabric of Arizona.

Saturday, April 3

CONDER/dance:Ten Tiny Dances

Taliesin West