Community Events

Did you know that Ballet Arizona has a variety of different Education & Community Engagement programs designed to help increase arts access, promote arts involvement, and deepen community engagement with the arts? When we’re not in the theatre or on the stage, you can find us out and about in the community year-round! To see if we’ll be visiting your community soon check out our upcoming events below or email Alexandra Papazian to be added to the email list.

DanceAZ Shows (Free Performances)

Ballet Arizona has partnered with Elementary schools around the valley to offer their 3rd-5th grade students the opportunity to take ballet classes in school! Participating students receive basic ballet instruction and learn the basic principles of choreography. Additionally, the students focus on building skills for success such as discipline, self-management, and social/emotional intelligence. Student participants learn by active participation, self-discovery, and reflection, which helps them develop new skills, attitudes, and ideas to carry them forward in life.

At the close of the DanceAZ program, each participating group will wrap-up their experience with an hour long performance that includes pieces performed by the Studio Company, the Ballet Arizona professional company, and the DanceAZ students. These performing opportunities are the highlight of the program and you are invited to come be a part of the experience!

  1. Sunrise Mountain High School (Frontier Elementary students) | April 15, 2020 | 9:45-10:45 am & 11:15 am-12:15 pm | School day performance – not open to public
  2. Moon Mountain School | April 16, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Public welcome!

Whole Child Wednesdays 

This professional development group is for teachers who want to learn how to be better arts-integration practitioners in their classrooms.  Each month, we’ll discuss different topics related to arts-integration in the classroom, and provide attendees with the knowledge, the practice, and the confidence to bring the arts into their curriculum.

Using Dance to Teach Science | March 18, 2020 | 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm | PHX Beer Co. Brewery + Taproom | Click here to sign up.  This event has been cancelled.


Estrella Mountain Community College Performances.

  1. EMMC Performing Arts Center (PAC) | March 21, 2020 | 1:00-2:00 pm & 4:00-5:00 pm – This event has been canceled. 

Library Lectures (Free Events)

Our Library Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Join us to learn more about Ballet Arizona and our upcoming neoclassical program All Balanchine. You’ll hear insights into how the work gets accomplished and how a ballet comes together, and, through discussion with a Ballet Arizona professional dancer, you will learn about what it’s like to work with Ib Andersen from a dancer’s perspective.

  1. Burton Barr Central Library | April 23, 2020 | 6:30-7:30 pm this event has been cancelled.
  2. Tempe Public Library | April 29, 2020 | 6:30-7:30 pm this event has been cancelled.
  3. Changing Hands Bookstore | April 30, 2020 | 6:30-7:30 pm this event has been cancelled.

Scottsdale Public Library’s Speaking of the Arts Series

Ballet’s Most Influential FiguresThe leaders, dancers, choreographers, and change-makers who have shaped the history of classical ballet.

Join Ballet Arizona’s Education & Community Engagement Manager, Alexandra Papazian, for a captivating presentation on the history of ballet. You will hear all about the storied past of this classical art form and learn how it has morphed and evolved into what we see on our stages today. This presentation is for both ballet enthusiasts and novices alike – attendees can expect to make new connections and gain new perspectives!

  1. Mustang Library | April 27, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm this event has been cancelled.