This year, you made Cailee Herrell’s dream come true. Cailee suffers from a very rare retinal disease and is losing her eyesight. Seeing The Nutcracker and guesting on stage was at the top of her sightseeing bucket list. On December 16, you helped make it possible. In addition to Cailee, you made the holidays shine by providing more than 5,500 FREE tickets to children & families through our Angel Night Program. Click here Learn more about our Angel Nights.
Arianni Martin & Helio Lima in “Topia”. Choreography by Ib Andersen. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
After a five-year-long process, SBAZ received official Student and Exchange Visitor Program government approval in May! This achievement would not be possible without your support, the dedication of SBAZ faculty and parents. You have helped make SBAZ one of only 25 programs like this in the country and the only one in the Southwest. Read more about SBAZ’s international certification here.
Ricardo Santo in Ib Andersen’s Rio. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
You’ve made Adaptive Dance for Down Syndrome a huge success! Every Saturday, instructor Kay Murray Price and her team of SBAZ student volunteers work with Down Syndrome students to nurture their interests in music, dance and self expression. Each session teaches rhythm, safe stretching and music appreciation through dance. These classes go far in building assurance, self confidence and enhancing social skills.
Prima Circle members Ricki Dee Jennings, Gwen Hillis & Sharron Lewis
On January 27, Prima Circle members joined together in conversation and laughter as they traveled to Fair Verona in celebration of Romeo & Juliet. The evening hosted by Susie & Don Fowls and Ricki Dee & John Jennings. During wine and appetizers, dance educator, Katherine Barber, discussed the many ways Prokofiev used different musical themes to convey various characters and story arches. Read more about this magical evening here.
BAZ Rehearsal Director Maria Simonetti. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.
In September, Ballet Arizona launched a six-week Creative Aging ballet workshop in partnership with Benevilla Senior Day Care Services. This pilot program offers curriculum that welcomes seniors as active participants in the dance community. Thank you for making this impactful outreach into the community possible. To learn more about the Creative Aging pilot, please click here.
BAZ Dancers Ana Maria Spear & Ethan Price with Maria and Jim Cockrum