Ballet Arts School

About Ballet Arts

The Professional Dance Training School of Arizona
(Official School of Ballet Tucson)

BALLET ARTS was established in September of 1986 and has since gained the reputation as Arizona’s foremost classical ballet training institution. Our permanent faculty comprises highly accomplished ballet, jazz, and tap professionals who have danced in prestigious American companies as soloists and principal dancers.

Our faculty is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in the teaching of the “American” style of ballet. This emerging style combines the best of the Russian, French, and Italian schools with a distinctive dose of American restless energy and youthful spirit. Our teachers share a common technical background and philosophy of teaching and we hope to provide each student with a full and exciting dance education in a creative environment.

BALLET ARTS is pleased to announce the accomplishments of its students who have been awarded scholarships to or who are performing professionally with the following institutions:

Ballet Tucson American Ballet Theatre
New York City Ballet Gus Giordano
National Ballet School, Toronto Boston Ballet
School of American Ballet Ballet West
Oregon Ballet Theatre Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet
San Francisco Ballet The Kirov Academy
Milwaukee Ballet Hartford Ballet
Harid Conservatory Houston Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Sarasota Ballet
Cleveland Ballet Alvin Ailey
Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet Florida
Pennsylvania Ballet Dayton Ballet
Disney Tokyo Ohio Ballet
North Carolina School of the Arts Oakland Ballet
Alabama Ballet Dutch National Ballet

MARY-BETH CABANA, Founding Artistic Director, has been a Principal Dancer with Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, Arizona Dance Theatre, and San Diego Ballet. She received her early training under the critical eye of E.Virginia Williams at the Boston Ballet. At the age of 14 Ms. Cabana began her professional career with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and then graduated from the National Academy of Dance, where she was a full-scholarship student and member of the National Academy Ballet. She has performed extensively in the United States and Europe in a wide variety of roles by such noted choreographers as Balanchine, Tudor, DeMille, Joos, Forsythe, Fokine, Petipa, and Nahat.

Ms. Cabana has been on the faculties of the School of Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Arts-Carnegie Hall, and Dance Concepts – NYC and was the Principal Instructor and Administrator for Arizona Dance Theatre (Ballet Arizona). She has guest taught for Kiev Ukraine Ballet and the Palace of Pioneers in the former Soviet Union, in France and Mexico, and continues to guest teach throughout the United States. Under the direction of Ethan Stiefel, she has designed and conducted summer programs for Ballet Pacifica in Irvine, California.

As a choreographer, Ms. Cabana has produced a vast amount of original works and restagings of classic ballets. She has also staged dances for Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Ohio Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre.

Since beginning in 1986, she has established Ballet Arts Tucson, branch schools in Nogales, Sierra Vista, and Patagonia, the annual Summer Dance Workshop in cooperation with UA School of Dance, and international dance/cultural exchanges. Ballet Tucson’s Artistic Director has also founded and fostered the development of Ballet Tucson (Tucson’s resident professional ballet company) and Ballet Tucson II (Tucson’s premier youth ballet). Ms. Cabana has been nominated for the Arizona Arts Award, for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, and identified as an Outstanding Individual Artist by the Governor of the State of Arizona. In 2009, she was invited by New York City Ballet Director Peter Martins to attend the 75th Anniversary of the School of American Ballet, and was recognized as one of the foremost teachers in the United States as part of National Teacher’s Weekend.

A talented costume and scenic designer in her own right, Ballet Tucson’s founder has been instrumental in the overall design of all productions.

Ms. Cabana brings her wealth of experience to dancers of all ages. Her commitment to the cultivation of young talent continues as her students dance professionally in major American and European ballet companies and schools.

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Summer Dance Workshop 2017

May 30 – June 24 (4 weeks)
Ballet Arts Studio
University of Arizona School of Dance
Tucson, Arizona

Workshop Information (subject to change)

The Ballet Tucson Annual Summer Dance Workshop in cooperation with the University of Arizona School of Dance was established in 1986 to provide the serious dance student the opportunity to train and perform in a professional environment. Housed in the UA dance facility, the intensive workshop offers training for all levels. Curriculum includes intermediate and advanced level of study of ballet technique, pointe, jazz,and modern dance. Special classes are offered in Russian character dance, stage make-up, classical variations, conditioning, and choreography. Elementary workshops and adult classes are also available and are held at the Ballet Arts Studios. The faculty consists of Ballet Tucson’s outstanding artistic staff and professional dancers. In addition, master teachers are brought in from prestigious companies and schools to offer students the exposure to broaden the scope of their dance education. A final performance will be presented at the close of the workshop at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. The performance will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 pm. This performance features all elementary, intermediate, and advanced students who have attended the entire workshop.

Classes are held Monday through Saturday. The University of Arizona School of Dance is located in the Ina Gittings Building at the northwest corner of Campbell Avenue and University Boulevard on the UA campus. Ballet Arts Studios are located at 200 S. Tucson Boulevard, just south of Broadway, on the west side of the street.

Teachers (Subject to Change)

Mary Beth Cabana:  Founding Artistic Director – Ballet Tucson
Chieko Imada:  Assistant Artistic Director – Ballet Tucson
Margaret Mullin:  Soloist – Pacific Northwest Ballet
Daniel Precup:  Ballet Master – Ballet Tucson
Jenna Johnson:  Principal – Ballet Tucson
Michelle Alexander: Faculty – Ballet Tucson
Jennifer Holoubek: Company Member – Ballet Tucson
Connolly Strombeck: Company Member – Ballet Tucson
Jennifer Martin: Company Member – Ballet Tucson

Placement/Scholarship Auditions will be held:

Sunday, February 19, 2017 (12:00–2:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 9, 2017 (12:00–2:00 p.m.)

All new intermediate, advanced, or pre-professional students must audit the first week of workshop classes. Placement for technique and pointe is determined solely by the Artistic Director and staff.

Note: A $20 audition fee is charged for Summer Workshop 2017 auditions. (Dates & fees subject to change)
For more information, please call Ballet Arts at (520) 623-3373

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Summer Dance. Workshop 2016

May 31 – June 25 (4 weeks)
Ballet Arts Studio
University of Arizona School of Dance
Tucson, Arizona

Workshop Information (subject to change)

The Ballet Tucson Annual Summer Dance Workshop in cooperation with the University of Arizona School of Dance was established in 1986 to provide the serious dance student the opportunity to train and perform in a professional environment. Housed in the UA dance facility, the intensive workshop offers training for all levels. Curriculum includes intermediate and advanced level of study of ballet technique, pointe, jazz,and modern dance. Special classes are offered in Russian character dance, stage make-up, classical variations, conditioning,and choreography. Elementary workshops and adult classes are also available and are held at the Ballet Arts Studios. The faculty consists of Ballet Tucson’s outstanding artistic staff and professional dancers. In addition, master teachers are brought in from prestigious companies and schools to offer students the exposure to broaden the scope of their dance education. A final performance will be presented at the close of the workshop at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. The performance will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 3:30 pm. This performance features all elementary, intermediate, and advanced students who have attended the entire workshop.

 Classes are held Monday through Saturday. The University of Arizona School of Dance is located in the Ina Gittings Building at the northwest corner of Campbell Avenue and University Boulevard on the UA campus. Ballet Arts Studios are located at 200 S. Tucson Boulevard, just south of Broadway, on the west side of the street.

Teachers (Subject to Change)

Mary Beth Cabana:  Founding Artistic Director – Ballet Tucson
Chieko Imada:  Assistant Artistic Director – Ballet Tucson
Deanna Doncsecz:  Principal – Ballet Tucson
Daniel Precup:  Ballet Master – Ballet Tucson
Jenna Johnson:  Principal – Ballet Tucson
Isaiah Sumler: Principal – Ballet Tucson
Mauricio Vergara: Principal – Ballet Tucson

Special Guest Teachers (Subject to Change)

Melissa Lowe: Professor of Dance – University of Arizona; Principal – Pacific Northwest Ballet  & Houston Ballet (ballet technique)
Charlotte Adams: Associate Professor of Dance – University of Iowa; Artistic Director – Charlotte Adams & Dancers (modern dance)
Suzanne Erlon: New York City Ballet; Principal – Ballet West (ballet technique)
Andrew Scordato: New York City Ballet (ballet technique/special lectures)
Margaret Mullin: Pacific Northwest Ballet (ballet technique/special lectures)

Placement/Scholarship Auditions will be held:

Sunday, February 21, 2016 (12:00–2:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 10, 2016 (12:00–2:00 p.m.)

All new intermediate, advanced, or pre-professional students must audit the first week of workshop classes. Placement for technique and pointe is determined solely by the Artistic Director and staff.

Note: A $20 audition fee is charged for Summer Workshop 2016 auditions. (Dates & fees subject to change)
For more information, please call Ballet Arts at (520) 623-3373

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