24 October 2023
In the Spotlight: Studio Company
In 2014, The School of Ballet Arizona (SBAZ) established its very own Studio Company. For those outside of the ballet world, think of it like an internship program.
Built for students at the pinnacle of their training, Studio Company provides those who have the potential and desire to become professional dancers, the space to polish their technique and artistry while gaining professional exposure.
Under the direction of Maria Simonetti, and led by Studio Company Manager, Alecia Good-Boresow, dancers are selected by invitation and audition only. This unique and rigorous track features a curated curriculum, experience with community engagement programs, and performance opportunities with SBAZ and Ballet Arizona throughout the season.
This year’s Studio Company is our largest yet, consisting of 21 young, aspiring dancers from all over the world, including SBAZ graduates – a key highlight to the program’s overall purpose.
For SBAZ, the connection to a nationally acclaimed, professional company inherently sets us apart from schools across the Valley. It also creates a direct channel for students to develop into the professional company, as can be seen with 13 of our current professional dancers.
“My goal, whether they stay here and join the company, or go elsewhere, is that they will be ready,” says Alecia. Her vision for Studio Company is that each individual feels like they belong and that their presence at Ballet Arizona is visible; giving them guidance, structure, and direction.
New this year, Studio Company dancers will have their own dedicated performance, highlighting both classical and contemporary repertoire, including new works by SBAZ artistic staﬀ and outside choreographers. Experiences like this are invaluable to these dancers’ development and provide a nurturing environment for them to grow as artists, all of which continue to strengthen this organization.