It is because of your generosity and patronage that Ballet Arizona is able to bring ballet to the stage, train aspiring dancers aged 3 to 83, educate students across the valley about the arts, and use dance to connect and inspire people all over Arizona. https://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/swan_lake_BA-956-by_iziliaev.jpg 548 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-08-17 10:53:512017-09-07 12:09:31Performance Spotlight: 2017-2018 Season
As a little girl I had lots of energy. As my brothers would explore the backyard in Heber, Arizona, I was destined to join them. I became the biggest tomboy ever. I was happiest when muddy and dirty and loved acting like a boy alongside my brothers. https://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Bland_160529_SBAZ_SpringPerformance_418.jpg 547 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-08-03 15:58:192017-08-31 14:36:24Dancer's Story - Ana Maria Spear
With the temperatures consistently in the triple digits, here are some fun facts about The Nutcracker to help you dream of the cooler weather to come! https://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/091222_baz_0558-1.jpg 637 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-06-30 17:40:192017-07-26 17:07:11Nutcracker in July!
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. https://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 12:41:272017-06-08 14:20:11Fond Farewell to Kenna Draxton
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. https://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 15:26:032017-06-01 16:14:46Behind 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. https://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. https://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. https://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 22:01:392017-08-24 12:17:33Dancer'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. https://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"