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Ballet Arizona dancers in "Round." Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Ballet Arizona returns for an exciting 37th season this fall, promising audiences a blend of classical and contemporary ballets featuring fairy tale magic, modern moves and dances in the desert. The 2022–2023 season offers seven unique productions for everyone to enjoy including beloved classics like The Nutcracker and Cinderella.

The new season kicks off this summer with An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden. Read on for Ballet Arizona’s full upcoming schedule.

An Evening At Desert Botanical Garden

May 17 – June 2, 2022
Desert Botanical Garden
Tuesday through Saturdays, 8 p.m. nightly 
Choreography: Ib Andersen 

Surrounded by the matchless Desert Botanical Garden landscape with the setting sun as a backdrop, Artistic Director Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert returns this summer with Round: Reimagined For A New Stage featuring re-imagined choreography inspired by his 2016 world premiere, Round that embraces and showcases the vast natural backdrop of the desert.

Contemporary Moves: An Evening of Three Ballets 

September 22–25, 2022
Orpheum Theatre

Celebrate the start of Ballet Arizona’s 37th Anniversary season with masterful and diverse choreography, music and tone from both emerging and celebrated choreographers. This vibrant program gives guests an evening of three short but dynamic ballets, similar to a collection of short stories.


October 20–23, 2022
With the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall
Choreography: Ib Andersen
Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Audiences will find themselves wrapped in the magic and beauty of Andersen’s Cinderella as hischoreography of the romantic tale bring the characters and story to life on stage.  In addition to the enchanting score played by The Phoenix Symphony, the ballet is complete with glass slippers, pumpkin carriages, fairy godmothers and humor for a night of “happily ever after.” 

The Nutcracker

December 9–24, 2022
With the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall
Choreography: Ib Andersen
Music: Peter Ilytich Tchaikovsky

Celebrate the joy and splendor of the holiday season with Ballet Arizona’s famous performance of The Nutcracker. Andersen’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s classical score has named Ballet Arizona’s production “among the top three in the country” by The New York Times.


February 9​​–12, 2023
The Madison Center for the Arts
Choreography: Ib Andersen after Jean Corallie and Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam

Haunting and romantic, Giselle tells the tragic yet passionate tale of a lovely young woman who dies of a broken heart. The ballet is famous for the Wilis, maiden spirits who take revenge on the young nobleman that betrayed Giselle. The themes of enduring love, tragedy and romance in this beautiful, ghost-filled masterpiece is perfect for the Valentine’s Day weekend.  

All Balanchine

May 4–7, 2023
With the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

The All Balanchine program presents three ballets by renowned choreographer George Blanchine: Raymonda Variations, Emeralds and The Four Temperaments. These pieces are brilliantly choreographed and full of solos and ensembles. Ib Andersen is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage the late choreographer’s masterpieces.

An Evening At Desert Botanical Garden

May 16 – June 13, 2023
Desert Botanical Garden
Tuesday through Saturdays, 8 p.m. nightly 
Choreography: Ib Andersen 

Ballet Arizona’s annual tradition of dance at the Desert Botanical Garden will conclude the 2022-2023 season. Experience evolving, contemporary ballet in the beautiful surroundings of Arizona’s desert with a sunset backdrop.

Find tickets and more information about the 37th season of the Valley’s only professional ballet company here.