Ballet Arizona is proud to announce the Ballet Arizona Book Club, a free and open-to-the-public online event to build community and appreciation for dance. The quarterly book club, hosted on Zoom, will feature popular titles relating to dance facilitated by Ballet Arizona Education and Community Engagement Manager, Alexandra Papazian.
Sign up for your spot today and start reading! Pre-registration required to receive the Zoom invitation.
Ballet Arizona Book Club Meeting Schedule:
“A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back” by David Hallberg (Pictured)
Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Written by School of Ballet Arizona Alumnus David Hallberg, this memoir will give readers a personal and powerful look at the deep physical and mental challenges artists must endure to pursue their passions.
· “Life in Motion” by Misty Copeland
Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m.
Famed American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir gives a behind-the-curtain look at life center stage, from her first auditions to roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets.
· “The Voice of Juan Gabriel” by Alberto Aguilera Valadez
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 6 p.m.
Alberto Aguilera Valadez (Juan Gabriel) tells the story of his life as he remembers it. This interview includes unpublished testimony from various artists, producers and friends who knew Alberto in his private and professional life. Includes added dramatizations from the mini-series “Until I Met You.”
· “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6 p.m.
This book will give direct insight into the thought processes of Twyla Tharp, one of the choreographers we hope to showcase next season. It is written to give the reader practical lessons and exercises to develop his/her own creativity and draws from Twyla’s breadth and depth of experience as a dancer and choreographer.
Content warning: Selections on Ballet Arizona’s reading list may contain content that deals with distressing themes and/or situations, which may not be suitable for children under 18. Parental discretion is advised.
Ballet Arizona is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen – a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet – Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a life-long love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 35,000 children and families every year through its free and low cost outreach programs. For more information, visit balletaz.org.