Bright lights, beautiful weather, ornate costumes and the quiet tapping of ballet shoes is exactly what you can expect at Ballet Arizona’s Ballet Under the Stars, returning for yet another season this month.
This annual tradition invites the local community to delight in an experience far different from any other ballet performance. The audience views the ballet under the dark Arizona sky, where they can witness an acclaimed performance—all for free! For many Arizona residents, this performance is their first exposure to live ballet, and it will certainly be one to remember.
Ballet Arizona is under the direction of Ib Anderson, a former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet. The School of Ballet Arizona is directed by Carlos Valcárcel, who has studied ballet his entire life. Guided by these two professionals, Ballet Arizona never ceases to impress Valley audiences.
Each of the five performances will also feature a performance by Class Act, one of Ballet Arizona’s education and outreach programs. Class Act gives local elementary school students the opportunity to study ballet and create a dance with assistance from the professional dancers of Ballet Arizona.
All performances will begin 7 p.m. in different locations throughout the Valley, including Thursday, September 24 at Beardsley Park in Sun City West; Friday, September 25 at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater in Goodyear; Saturday, September 26 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix; Thursday, October 1 at Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater in Tempe; and Friday, October 2 at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.
While performances are free, each of these events costs $50,000 to produce. Donations are suggested but not required.
Ballet Under the Stars, Multiple locations throughout the Valley, 602.381.1096, balletaz.org, Thursday, September 24 through Friday, October 2, times vary, free