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Unveiling Ballet Arizona’s Mission, Vision, & Values

For the first time in more than a decade, Ballet Arizona underwent a rigorous process to examine and evaluate our current mission, vision, and values. This work began last season, touching every employee and board member in the organization, and involved countless conversations with stakeholders and supporters like you. Together we reflected on who we are, where we have been, and our shared goals for the future.

Our Mission:

To ignite the human spirit through the magic of dance.

Our Vision for the Future:

Ballet for everyone.

Just three little words that encompass infinitely more…

Ballet Arizona is a leading force in the performing arts world. We aspire to become a household name in our community, break down barriers, ignite imaginations, and inspire a lifelong love of dance.

Our goal is to make ballet accessible to everyone through education and programming that resonates with Arizona audiences. We hold a deep commitment to our roots, honoring classical ballet while expanding the art form with contemporary works. We will grow the professional company to more than 40 dancers, expand our school to satellite campuses, steward the collaborative partnerships that have led to our success, and foster new relationships that will add to our growth.

Our vision includes social enterprise programs such as artist housing initiatives and nurturing artistic incubators through a choreographic institute. When we say ballet for everyone, we mean to anticipate the needs of our patrons and people and be there to meet them when they arrive.

Our Core Values:
Tenacity: We make ART HAPPEN. No matter what obstacle we face, no matter how daunting the task, we bring the beauty of ballet to our community and we do that very well.

Integrity: We lead by example and hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence

Creativity: We are innovative, visionary, and forward-thinking.

Belonging: We cultivate a space in which individuals are met with kindness and respect.

Gratitude: We are grateful for each other, and those individuals touched by our mission.

Nurture People: We develop and grow the talent in our organization from dancers to administrators, and everyone in between.
We are confident this work will enable us to create a lasting and positive impact for our community and beyond. We invite you to join us on this path forward and thank you for your unwavering commitment to Ballet Arizona that has brought us to this point.

I am proud of our final product and even prouder of this journey. I would like to quote a person very dear to me, the champion of our strategic planning work, and the one who guided me through the initial phases. She said, “trust the process, Jami,” and I have called upon her words often. I dedicate this issue of Turning Pointe in loving memory of Joan Schwing…

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Ballet Arizona dancers in Ib Andersen’s The Firebird. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

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