On Sunday May 14, please join us for a special performance honoring Kenna and her contributions to Ballet Arizona. Come bid a fond farewell complete with curtain call and flower presentation. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/070414_baz2732.jpg 720 949 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-05-11 12:41:272017-05-11 15:39:42Fond Farewell to Kenna Draxton
You have taught me how powerful one person can be. Your contributions inspire our artistic vision and help support Ballet Arizona financially. However, the gift of your time, voice and passion are equally important. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Schiffner_Adrienne-Turner_Samantha.jpg 551 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-05-10 15:56:222017-05-18 13:20:16The Power of You - with Samantha Turner
Thank you for being such an instrumental part of Ballet Arizona’s 2016-2017 season. Together we’ve traveled the world - from India to Verona to Rio. We are thrilled to conclude our season at Desert Botanical Garden this May with "Topia" and hope to see you at "All Balanchine" this week. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MV130504_baz_2113.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-05-10 15:26:032017-05-10 16:30:18Behind the Scenes with Ib Andersen: "All Balanchine" & "Topia"
In the evening I volunteered to do the costumes for a street theater group, and there I learned how to make something out of nothing and how to observe the way fabrics move, and how the director and the actors work. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_3912.jpg 549 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-05-04 15:17:142017-05-18 13:12:22Behind The Scenes: Costume Director Leonor Texidor
Take a peek behind the curtain as Ballet Arizona dancers share the physical, emotional and mental strength Balanchine performances demand and what it’s like to learn from one of George Balanchine’s protégés, Ib Andersen. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rubies_Chicago_Event.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-04-27 16:11:482017-05-10 15:26:44Center Stage: "All Balanchine"
I had a neighbor in Cuba who lived in AZ for a while. His only description of Arizona was “hot”. I had no idea just how beautiful Arizona would be with or without its summer heat. I was unprepared for everything it holds. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/annier-3.jpg 548 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-04-20 22:01:392017-05-11 12:42:43Dancer's Story - Annier Navarro
I continue to do a Balanchine program each year because, in my opinion, he is the number one choreographer that we have ever seen in ballet. There is no one like him; no one is as diverse as him and I don’t think there ever will be. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/140501_baz_2174.jpg 670 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-04-13 18:19:532017-05-04 15:38:18Behind the Scenes with Ib Andersen: "All Balanchine"
The personal is political. Personal choices and experiences do not happen in a vacuum. They are shaped by the political and social environment in which they live. Additionally, they shape the narrative of future discussions, analysis, and actions. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/10417486_10202343781940757_3182107479845099194_n.jpg 527 900 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-04-06 21:21:312017-04-27 16:53:07The Personal is Political - by Hannah Cooper
Ballet is a passion first, then a discipline. And because of this discipline, ballet teaches you as much about life skills as dance steps. At one point, you emotionally change. You physically change. And you continue to change in ways that make you connect with your body and learn how to use your energy correctly. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Bland_130531_BalletArizonaSchool_512.jpg 601 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-03-30 17:09:462017-04-20 22:06:30Beyond Ballet