The experience of dance can move you, and leave you with impressions that sometimes last a lifetime. Ballet continues to push dancers to perfection and bring audiences into a world of awe and beauty. Arizona Ballet gives several performances per season and also provides classes for aspiring dancers of all ages. They are also dedicated to bringing ballet to the community for free, with their Ballet Under the Stars series. Ballet Arizona's artistic director Ib Anderson is originally from Denmark, where he joined the Royal Danish Ballet at the young age of 16. He went on to dance with the New York City Ballet and work with George Balanchine. He is one of a handful of artists to be authorized to work with Balanchine material.
UPCOMING SHOWS FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON.
September 26 - September 29, 2019 - Enjoy an evening of contemporary works at the season opening for Arizona Ballet. You'll see works by some of the best choreographers to date.
October 24 - October 27, 2019 - This work will be accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony at the Symphony Hall. It is a tale of love, loss, and overcoming trials and tribulations and one that embraces traditional Romanticism.
December 13 - December 24, 2019 - This seasonal tradition continues for the holiday season. Tchaikovsky's music brings all kinds of characters to life in this performance featuring 150 performers and 100,000 Swarovski crystals.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM:
February 13 - February 16, 2020 - This work will be accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony at the Symphony Hall. This Shakespearean tale is brought to life with lush sets and beautiful and fanciful costumes. Illusions and dreams are brought to life.
May 7 - May 10, 2020 - AZ Ballet is one of a few companies authorized to present this iconic choreographer's works. This production will present three of Balanchine's works.
AN EVENING AT THE GARDEN:
May 19 - June 6, 2020 - AZ Ballet brings its striking works to the desert landscape at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Sit under the stars, in this striking environment, for a special evening of dance.
2835 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Main: 602-381-0184 - Box Office: 602-381-1096 - School: 602-381-0188
HIGHLIGHTS FOR BALLET ARIZONA INCLUDE:
BALLET UNDER THE STARS - This program brings ballet to the Valley's local parks, offering a free performance to the community. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the outdoor event.
THE SCHOOL - Teaching classical ballet technique, the school offers people of all ages an opportunity to learn this timeless art form. Their state-of-the-art facility gives them the opportunity to bring more classes and programs to those wishing to learn and perform.
STUDENT MATINEES - For a nominal fee, groups of students can attend a Ballet Arizona matinÃ©e production. Approximately 7,000 students per year are given the chance to see ballet, many for the first time.
COMMUNITY ANGEL NIGHTS - Once a year the Nutcracker is performed for over 2,000 parents and children through the generosity of community donations. Families that might not normally be able to afford a night out with their children are able to attend this special holiday treat.
PRE and POST-PERFORMANCE CHATS - These informational chats are free for those attending select ballets and start 45 minutes prior to the show starting. Learn about the specific ballet you are seeing and ask questions.
BALLET ARIZONA'S MISSION STATEMENT
"Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. The company is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new innovative works."