Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona dancers Katherine Loxtercamp and Serafin Castro. (West Valley View File Photo)

Ballet Arizona’s annual tradition of Ballet Under the Stars, presented by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, continues this Sept. 8-11 at four Valley locations, including the Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater. This year, Ballet Arizona is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its partnership with Estrella Goodyear for the annual event.

For the past 10 years, Estrella Goodyear has hosted Ballet Arizona’s production of Ballet Under the Stars at the Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater. In addition, Estrella Goodyear has committed to a $12,500 sponsorship for this year’s performances.

Ballet Under the Stars promises an evening of fun suitable for the entire family, guests bringing chairs, blankets and picnics to experience the beauty of dance in outdoor parks across the county. The evening features a fully staged live performance by the professional company dancers of Ballet Arizona, including several exciting contemporary and classical excerpts. 

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars is the perfect show for the entire family and a great way to introduce ballet to young people for the first time. These performances allow Arizonans to experience dance in their community in a unique outdoor setting complete with a professional stage, lighting and costumes. Indulge in local food trucks with space for picnicking and for aspiring young dancers to move along with the performance. 

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

Students from the Estrella Mountainside Elementary School have also participated and performed at Ballet Under the Stars through Class Act, a community engagement program for elementary kids. Ballet Under the Stars 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 as part of the Ballet Under the Stars program. This education program is provided to students’ tuition free and is funded by Joan Benjamin and Laurence Cherkis.

Ballet Under the Stars is also sponsored by the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation, city of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fountain Hills Community Services, city of Glendale, Stoker Ostler, APS, Grand Canyon University, city of Goodyear and Desert Diamond Casino.

The Ballet Under the Stars performance schedule is:

• Thursday, Sept. 8, at Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills.

• Friday, Sept. 9, at Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park, 9802 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale.

• Saturday, Sept. 10, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

• Sunday, Sept. 11, at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.

• All performances begin at 7 p.m.

To learn more information about this year’s Ballet Under the Stars performances, go to balletaz.org.