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Helping Our Community Through Outreach and Education

The School of Ballet Arizona believes in providing opportunities for all who are interested to come and experience dance. That being said, The School of Ballet Arizona is proud of its partnership with Arizonans for Children and we are happy to support their Arizonans for Children’s Dance program. Since 2013, one of our seven studios is reserved every Saturday specifically for this class. This free program gives children the opportunity to experience and learn dance from enthusiastic and passionate volunteer instructors. From March 2014 to October of the same year, this class at The School of Ballet Arizona helped service 847 people, and continues to help Arizonans for Children expand their outreach to over 482,938 people since their enactment in 2002.

The spirit of collaboration also connects us to other arts organizations in the Valley, such as Arizona Opera and their Find Your Voice workshop. This workshop helps students explore their unique creative voice through fieldtrips to diverse cultural institutions in Arizona. In March, the students enrolled in this program visited Ballet Arizona to watch rehearsal, take a tour of our costume shop and have an open discussion with Ballet Arizona dancer Mimi Tompkins. Afterwards, students were able to create their own original dance work and perform it here in the studios.

“Being able to give them a safe place to talk about their family life and feelings is amazing. Plus, exposing them to the arts and helping them express their emotions is so powerful. You see their spirit come alive.” – Michelle Kahn, Find Your Voice Program Director

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