Ballet Arizona’s ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ Returns This September

Ballet Under the Stars: Jessica Phillips in Serenade. Choreography by George Balanchine. © The Balanchine Trust. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

Ballet Arizona’s free outdoor production Ballet Under the Stars returns September 8 – 11 at four Valley locations. 

Presented by Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, the annual tradition allows guests to experience the beauty of dance in a unique outdoor setting with live performances by professional Ballet Arizona dancers, including several exciting contemporary and classical ballet excerpts.

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars is suitable for the whole family. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy an evening of dance complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather. The venue provides local food trucks as well as plenty of space for picnicking and for aspiring young dancers to move along with the performances.

“Ballet Under the Stars is one of our favorite annual traditions, and we’re proud to be able to present it again to the community this year,” says Artistic Director Ib Andersen. “These performances are an exceptional gathering and celebration of art that allows all people to be immersed in the world of ballet.”

Ballet Under the Stars also showcases world premiere performances choreographed by local school students through the Class Act program. Each year, Ballet Arizona’s professional dancers provide a three-week dance training class for students in four different elementary schools across the Valley. The culminating highlight of their work is delivered as a performance in the Ballet Under the Stars program. This education program is free for students and is generously funded by Joan Benjamin and Laurence Cherkis.

See below for the 2022 Ballet Under the Stars performance schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 at Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
  • Friday, Sept. 9 at Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85302
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338

All performances begin at 7 p.m. Click here to learn more about this year’s Ballet Under the Stars performances.

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