Our Mission: Canyon Movement Company, Inc., is a modern dance ensemble dedicated to sharing our passion and excitement with a growing audience by creating and presenting the art of dance through performance, education, and community and collaborative projects.
email: cmcgina1 @ gmail.com
Mailing address: PO Box 31002
Flagstaff, AZ 86003
History of Canyon Movement Company (CMC)
CMC was established in April of 1993, and incorporated in July of 1995.
CMC has produced and performed in numerous venues in the past 29 years. The company co-sponsors an annual Spring Festival, produces “A Christmas Carol in Dance” alternating with the “Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet,” a bi-annual Halloween Show, as well as other performances throughout the community. We work in the schools through lecture/demonstrations and residencies, and travel throughout the region.
CMC was listed as a company on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster for community and school based residencies through 2014.
The company has danced with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with other organizations. CMC performs in the annual Dance in the Desert Festival each July in Las Vegas. The company has performed with Arizona Contemporary Dance Festival from 1996- 2019.
CMC has worked in Ireland four different times since completing a residency in Wexford, Ireland in October 1996. The company conducted lecture/demonstrations, performances, and community classes during a sixteen day tour. They concluded with a fringe event performance at the Wexford Festival Opera. CMC worked again in Wexford Ireland in 2006. Myriad Dance of Ireland were guests at DanCelebration in June 2005, and June 2006, and CMC traveled to perform again in Ireland in April 2006. CMC traveled to Cesena, Italy to perform in a festival in June 2004.
The company has performed for residencies and lecture demonstrations in Flagstaff Unified Public Schools, charter schools, Tuba City schools, and Grand Canyon Schools. They also traveled to Aspen, Colorado to participate in a residency and performance. They taught 300 students in public and private schools.
The company was commissioned by international conductor Maestro Irwin Hoffman to perform with the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra in 1994, and was asked back in 1995 and 1996. CMC and it’s director have received grants from the City of Flagstaff since 1992. CMC also receives funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Arizona Community Foundation.
CMC frequently collaborates with other artists including choreographers, musicians, sculptors, visual artists and writers/poets. The company has performed in numerous venues including Heritage Square, Wheeler Park in Flagstaff, NAU, outdoors at Lowell Observatory, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Coconino Center for the Arts, Las Vegas, MAD BAD festival in the San Francisco Bay area, the Kerr Center at ASU in Scottsdale, The Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Pima Community College in Tucson, and Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George, Utah.
GINA B DARLINGTON is the executive director of Canyon Movement Company. Gina has traveled to Ireland, Italy
raphed for NAU Theater. She received her dance degree from Brigham Young University. Gina is also on the board of the Arizona Dance Coalition. She served on the Arizona Department of Education (DOE) Committee to re-write the Arts Standards, and the Arizona DOE National Content Review Committee for Arts Assessments. Gina keeps busy with her family including her thirteen beautiful grand-kids.