Ballet Arts Foundation (now Ballet Tucson) was established in June 1986. The main goal has always been to foster and develop both a professional and a children’s performing ensemble, designed to meet the needs of young dancers in Southern Arizona with career aspirations. The two ensembles have provided a rich training ground for the serious student by offering interaction with professional dancers, teachers and choreographers. This in turn allows young dancers to view ballet as a career, while simultaneously instilling a love for the art, and providing a means for greater self-expression.
Ballet Tucson’s preview performance took place in April 1987 at Centennial Hall in Tucson, with more than 900 in attendance and received rave reviews. Arizona Daily Star critic Robert Cauthorn proclaimed, “Ballet is Back!”. An even more successful follow-up performance took place in October 1987 with an audience of over 1200 and again to critical accolades. Over the years, the Ensemble has established itself as Tucson’s resident professional ballet company by producing historic classics and innovative contemporary dance.