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Guitar, dance collide Saturday, featuring Anthony Mazzella and Myryka Nunyaz

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Two of the hottest entertainers in Arizona are teaming up for a performance mixing guitar and dance Saturday at Prescott Center for the arts.

Featuring the music of guitar virtuosity of Anthony Mazzella and the creative dancing of professional showgirl Myryka Nunyaz, Ritual Dance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Nunyaz began her career at the age of 18 when contracted to perform in Bally’s Jubilee, and went from there to several shows in Las Vegas at The Flamingo, The Stratasphere and Caesar’s Palace, according to a news release from Prescott Center for the Arts.

“Her desire to travel put her on cruise ships and stages in countries like Japan, Spain, Brazil and the Caribbean,” the release states. “Her cultural heritage is heavy with dances like samba, salsa and capoeira, but she began technical training with ballet at age 5 and was allowed to enroll as a special student at (University of Las Vegas) and take non-credit classes when she was only in ninth grade. At that time, she spent her days at school maintaining a high grade point average and spent her evenings in college dance classes usually as the youngest in the class driven by a desire to dance.”

Tickets for the show range from $19 to $22 and can be purchased online at www.pca-az.net, by calling 928-445-3286 or at the door.

Mazzella has been to Prescott numerous times before, performing his Legends of Guitar show. The music for the show is based on what he wrote for a CD he has called “Ritual,” which has a lot of Near Eastern and Spanish style music, he said, noting he was the concert guitar player for Turkish musical artist Umer Farooq.

As a show that Prescott doesn’t normally get, Mazzella said he hopes the town turns out for it. The two of them are also genuine. “None of it’s contrived. There’s no act here,” Mazzella said.

“I’ve spent my life studying music and learning how to play this music. I’ve toured all over that part of the world and I’ve played with those musicians. It’s got that authentic flavor … she’s an authentic professional showgirl that’s worked in Vegas ever since she was a teenager. She’s learned all the classical bellydance routines, she moves her belly and her waist in that fashion. We’re just both the real deal.”