What I have learned in my six month tenure as Executive Director is that it only takes one person to inspire us all. Any gift of any size can be truly transformational. One Angel Night gift of $30, one brand new Corps de Ballet donor, and one extraordinary woman who single-handedly changed the organization with her everlasting legacy.
About Dana Manners
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Entries by Dana Manners
“Ballet Arizona provides vignettes that help enhance and deepen our understanding of the emotions and physicality of this art form. We never tire of learning more.” – Mary and David Patino
“This summer intensive helped me grow as a dancer. I absolutely love how the teachers are so involved in making sure you understand everything. I wasn’t a very confident dancer before this intensive, but now I feel like I can express myself to my full potential! Thank you so much!” – Trinity, Cleveland, OH
I’m very proud of this version. I love that each time, I’m able to see my choreography better and better because our dancers keep getting better. This ballet is a very human story, not a fairy tale, so I try to make the dancers look like beings instead of dancers. It’s very real.
It wasn’t until I moved to the states did I fully understand the meaning of a “traditional Christmas”. Finally everything started to make sense. Those wintry Christmas movies and all those Christmas songs.
Whether she is managing company dancers, planning rehearsals or creating magic alongside Ib Andersen, Maria Simonetti serves at the heart of everything Ballet Arizona is and everything we strive to be.
As Ballet Arizona welcomes 2017, we have created a few resolutions to strive for and a few initiatives we hope to grow over the next 12 months.
Thanks to a little bundle of joy rapidly growing inside of me (in other words, I’m pregnant!) I’ll be taking a break from dancing this season. Being pregnant definitely has its perks.
Read about a few favorite holiday traditions and memories shared by Ballet Arizona’s Company Dancers and Staff.
Join us as we welcome Ballet Arizona’s newest Company dancers, Alberto Penalver, Erick Garnica and Ricardo Santos to our family. We look forward to what each of these amazing artists will bring to our productions during the 2016-2017 season.