With school-day presentations and open rehearsals, free community performances and family events, Ballet Arizona fosters an appreciation of ballet as a vital art form. These programs touch the lives of more than 35,000 Valley residents of all ages each year.
Class Act combines the talents and experience of Ballet Arizona’s dancers with the ideas and energy of school-age children. Working with the after-school guidance of the dancers, the students create an all-new dance work from start to finish. The new ballets are given their world premieres, performed by those students for audiences in their own neighborhoods, during the Ballet Under the Stars free community performances in the fall.
BALLET UNDER THE STARS
A much-anticipated community favorite for ten years, Ballet Under The Stars spans two weeks with family-friendly performances presented free of charge in parks and public spaces all around the Valley. These performances are enjoyed by more than 15,000 children and adults each year — many of whom experience dance and Ballet Arizona for the first time. Some Ballet Under the Stars performances include the student-performed premieres of works created in the Class Act program. Click here for information on the current season of Ballet Under the Stars.
Ballet Arizona’s Student Matinees provide one-of-a-kind educational experiences for young people throughout the state. Each year, nearly 7,000 students enjoy these 60-minute programs that introduce the exciting world of dance and ballet. The performances are offered in Symphony Hall in the morning of a school day, and each includes a question-and-answer session with dancers.
Beginning 45 minutes before select Ballet Arizona performance (excluding The Nutcracker), Ballet Arizona invites patrons into the hall to learn more about the ballet being performed. Pre-Performance Chats are free to ticket holders.
COMMUNITY ANGEL NIGHTS
Offered annually for seven years, Angel Nights invite clients from community service organizations and children and families from underserved schools to experience Ballet Arizona — including The Nutcracker — free of charge. The performances are called “Angel Nights” in honor of the angels who make them possible: ticket buyers, subscribers, and corporate and private donors whose financial gifts help defray the evening’s expenses. Transportation is provided at no charge for groups that need it. Click here for information.