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 10 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.
Performance Hour is a presentation by the School of Ballet Arizona and the company of Ballet Arizona. It features a ballet class demonstration by the Studio Company of the School of Ballet Arizona and a professional rehearsal of upcoming works by the company of Ballet Arizona. The audience also gets a behind the scenes glimpse with a tour of our costume shop and production department. There are many different integral parts to putting on a great show. Experience the entire inner workings of putting on a ballet. All ages are welcome to join us at the Dorrance Theatre inside the building of Ballet Arizona. Handicapped seating is limited.
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.
PRE- AND Post-PERFORMANCE CHATS
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.
COMMUNITY ANGEL NIGHTS
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.