You have been supporters of Ballet Arizona since 1995. What has inspired your generosity?
We have been delighted to support Ballet Arizona since 1995, after our first season of attendance. The enthusiasm and dedication of the dancers, and in fact, the entire organization has inspired us. The continued growth of the company, artistically and otherwise, has generated our desire to insure as much as we can, the continued existence of Ballet Arizona. We remember the time when its life was in doubt, and we joined with a rather small, but still dedicated group of other ballet lovers to make sure we still had our ballet.
Adam Rosenberg, Phil Haggerty and Edit Goble, Photo by Haute Photography
What ballets inspire you the most?
We have been inspired by many productions, but particularly love “Romeo and Juliet” and “Today’s Masters”; especially the dances choreographed by company dancers. We always look forward to “All Balanchine”, where Ib can show us how he has created one of the great ballet teams in the country.
Edith Goble and Phil Haggerty with Eric and Anne Lise Hansen
What is your favorite memory at Ballet Arizona?
One of our favorite memories is of the first “Topia at the Desert Botanical Garden”, with the sunset behind the dancers.
Why is it important to donate to the arts?
Arts are the life of the community. We attend the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Chorale as well. None of these would survive without donations, and we are proud to be of some small help.
Joseph Cavanaugh, Phil Haggerty and Edith Gobel
Any other comments that you’d like to contribute?
We also appreciate the constant friendliness of the staff, as well as the special events, from “Ballet Under the Stars” to the Prima Circle Studio Spotlight events and rehearsal opportunities.