About Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase

The Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase (AJDS) is a dance festival hosted annually by The University of Arizona School of Dance. Designed for intermediate/advanced dancers – Jazz Showcase is recommended for dance students ages 13 and up.

AJDS includes performances, a variety of dance classes, scholarship auditions for summer programs as well as an audition opportunity for the UA School of Dance for interested high school seniors.


Classes in a variety of dance techniques infuse the weekend with excitement and energy. With classes from Jazz Dance Technique/Style, Jazz Combo/Choreography and Master Classes in Jazz by featured Master Teachers, the AJDS provides jazz dance education at its best.

An unusual menu class series allows the dancer to choose a technique class in either Ballet, Modern or Tap Dance.



Performances: Come Watch!


Presented at the Stevie Eller Theatre, Jazz in AZ is a high energy, one act wonder. A visual spectacle of jazz, tap and contemporary dance, is designed to ignite HEAT. A sizzling HOT program not to be missed! Admission to this performance is included in the registration fee for participants and observers.

For further details visit: Jazz in AZ Performance

Performances: Come Perform!


What better way to complete your experience than by performing at the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase? All schools attending AJDS are invited to submit a work to be performed at the Invitational Concert the evening of Saturday September 24, 2022 at Crowder Hall*.

For further details visit:  AJDS Invitational Concert

Important Policy: Due to limited seating in Crowder Hall, performers in the Invitational Concert will not be allowed to hold a seat in the audience. No individual tickets will be sold. Attendance of the Invitational Concert is limited to Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase participants who are not performing in the show or those with an AJDS observer’s pass (subject to availability)


Scholarship Class

On Friday afternoon, the optional Scholarship Class is a great chance for dancers to practice auditioning. Awards to summer dance programs, dance conventions, cash awards and other prizes give further value to participating in this enjoyable challenge. Take the chance. Put yourself out there!

UA Dance Program Audition

Interested high school seniors can take advantage of the UA Dance Program Audition for dancers interested in majoring in dance at the University of Arizona. This is one of the UA School of Dance’s three national auditions held each year for the following year’s prospective freshman class.

The audition includes ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques and will be followed by a Q&A with faculty advisers for dancers and their parents. Please note the requirements that must be fulfilled BEFORE this on-campus audition.

Hope to see you at the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase

September 23, 24 and 25