Simonetti to lead School of Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona announced Maria Simonetti, longtime Studio Company rehearsal director, has assumed leadership of The School of Ballet Arizona as school director. Ms. Simonetti, who has been with Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company for 22 years, will focus her leadership on school management, curricular and faculty development and school productions, according to a press release. The […]

Ballet Arizona to hold its first Fan Fest, kicks off 2019-2020 season

Ballet Arizona will celebrate its first Ballet Arizona Fan Fest filled with meet-and-greets, dance classes, food trucks and more from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. The only professional ballet company in the Valley will host its free, family-friendly community event at Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, according to a press […]

Ballet Under the Stars returns for 22nd year

As Ballet Arizona kicks off its 2019-20 season, the Phoenix organization invites residents to spend an evening under the Arizona sky as the company continues its 22-year tradition Ballet Under the Stars. Community performances take place Sept. 11-14 at four Valley locations, according to a press release. Free and open to the public, Ballet Under […]

Ballet Arizona appoints Hegardt to board

Ballet Arizona recently announced the appointment of Jill Hegardt, vice president at DMB Associates, Inc., to its board. Ms. Hegardt is an avid supporter the dance community and will assist the nonprofit in expanding its network, skills and expertise, according to a press release. “Jill’s passion for the ballet shines through in her commitment to […]

Ballet Arizona to receive $30K grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Ballet Arizona will receive a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its annual community outreach performance series, Ballet Under the Stars. According to a press release, more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019 was disbursed to organizations, including […]

Ballet Arizona will present: ‘Eroica’ in May and June

Ballet Arizona continues its yearly tradition, An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden as artistic director Ib Andersen presents: Eroica. Returning for the sixth year, there will be 15 performances from Tuesday, May 14 to Saturday, June 1, in the setting of Desert Botanical Garden, according to a press release stating that all performances begin at […]

Ballet Arizona to perform George Balanchine’s work

Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Andersen will present three interpretations of ballet choreographer George Balanchine’s work during All Balanchine, including one Ballet Arizona hasn’t performed yet. Mr. Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide the Balanchine Trust entrusts to stage these works, according to a press release. Ballet Arizona will present five […]

Ballet Arizona hires two new board members

Ballet Arizona recently announced the appointment of two new members to its board — Sarah Kist and Michael Bolar. Ms. Kist, general manager of fossil engineering at Arizona Public Service, and Mr. Bolar, chief investment officer and senior portfolio manager at Stoker Ostler, will aim to preserve Ballet Arizona’s legacy and plan for the organization’s […]

Ballet Arizona offers free class week Jan. 7-11

Ballet Arizona doesn’t think dance is just for its acclaimed company – it’s for everyone. That’s why Ballet Arizona is offering free adult classes from Jan. 7-11. Free classes include three levels of ballet, modern, Horton Technique, American Tribal Style Belly Dance and teen open classes, according to a release. After experiencing Ballet Arizona’s free […]

Contest winners walk on as toy soldiers in ‘The Nutcracker’

Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will give five children an opportunity to win a walk-on role during one of this season’s performances. The show has a cast of more 150 youth dancers who auditioned for the opportunity to join the professional dancers in the production. “The children whose names are drawn to win this special cast […]