Community Engagement

Educating and Serving Our Communities


Through our Education and Outreach programs, Ballet Arizona is committed to promoting dance arts in Arizona communities by expanding opportunities for learning and engagement.  Pathways to realize and explore possibility are opened when we experience the extraordinary, and we believe that, in this way, arts participation has the ability to change lives.

Interested in learning more?

To ask questions or inquire about bringing Ballet Arizona to your community, please contact Alexandra Papazian at or call 602.343.6521.

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Your contributions and support make it possible for us to touch the lives of more than 35,000 Valley residents of all ages each year.          Click here to help us continue our work in the community.  Together, we can shape and support the future of arts in Arizona!

Our Programs



Class Act provides children in local communities with opportunities to dance, choreograph, and interact with Ballet Arizona’s own professional dancers.  Presented in partnership with Ballet Under the Stars, Class Act is a 3 week dance program that is open to local elementary and middle school students.  Our professional dancers travel to participating schools to teach classical ballet and choreography concepts, while preparing students to perform their new work at their neighborhood’s Ballet Under the Stars community performance.  While we are not accepting new Class Act partners at this time, if you are interested in working with us, please let us know!




Student Matinees

Each year, nearly 7,000 students enjoy these 60-minute programs that introduce the exciting world of dance and ballet. The Student Matinee series offers deeply discounted tickets to students and community groups so that they can attend an abbreviated ballet performance of Ballet Arizona’s upcoming professional program.  Children are able to speak with the performing artists, learn about different performance-related careers, and explore the rich tradition of ballet.  Study guides and other arts integration materials developed in collaboration with Arts Integration Solutions are available here.



As part of our season opener, Ballet Arizona presents a full evening of world class, family friendly performances in parks and public spaces across the Valley free of charge.  For these events, Ballet Arizona builds full-scale productions at different parks around the Greater Phoenix area (Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Fountain Hills, and Sun City West).  These performances inspire more than 15,000 children and adults each year, many of whom experience dance and Ballet Arizona for the first time.  Ballet Under the Stars events also provide opportunities for our Class Act participants to perform the work they created as part of that program for their community peers.  Click here for information on the current season of Ballet Under the Stars.





Performance Hour presents a comprehensive experience that allows attendees to examine all of the working parts of our organization.  Each experience features a tour and discussion of the administrative, costume, and production facilities, a ballet class demonstration by the young professionals of the Studio Company of the School of Ballet Arizona, and a professional rehearsal of upcoming works by the professional company of Ballet Arizona.  Performance Hours occur twice a year and are presented to K-12 children, community groups, and lifelong learners.  We welcome all ages to join us at the Dorrance Theatre inside the building of Ballet Arizona.  Handicapped seating is limited.



Beginning 45 minutes before select Ballet Arizona performances (excluding The Nutcracker), Ballet Arizona invites patrons into the hall to learn more about the ballet being performed. Pre and post-performance chats are free to ticket holders. Please call the Ballet Arizona Box Office at 602.381.1096 for dates and times.

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Offered annually for nearly 15 years, Angel Nights invite clients from community service organizations and children and families from under-served schools to experience Ballet Arizona — including The Nutcracker — free of charge. The performances are called “Angel Nights” in honor of the angels, our dedicated donors, 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.