Arizona Youth Ballet was formed in 2010 to offer dancers the opportunity to participate in a pre-professional ballet program.
Arizona Youth Ballet is a year long commitment and the dancers are required to be well rounded in multiple forms of dance with an emphasis in classical ballet. Auditions are held annually to accept new dancers into the program. Dancers who attend the company audition will be placed in one of six levels – Apprentice, Coryphee, Corps de Ballet, Demi-Soloist, Soloist or Principal. Dancers will be placed based on ability. Company members will be required to attend technique class on Saturday morning’s from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with Arizona Youth Ballet artistic staff. This technique class is in addition to regular scheduled rehearsals. Dancers are not required to take their regular classes with us, only the technique class on Saturdays. All rehearsals are scheduled following Saturday’s classes.
In addition, we offer a three week Ballet Summer Intensive program. Our Summer Program is open to all students ages 9 and above who have completed two years of ballet.
Arizona Youth Ballet Board Members are Stephanie Kilgore, Peggy Felice, Jane Walls, Linda Seibert-Gardner, Maureen Howe, Holly Newton, and Kristi Forbes.
Meet Our Staff
Jeanne Wright taught dance in the Valley for over 50 years. In that time, she had a positive influence on many young dancers. If you search Jeanne Wright, Az you will find that many professional dancers and instructors began their dancing careers with Jeanne Wright at Jeanne’s School of Dance. She was an innovator and leader in the Valley, in dance, in business and in life. In 2009, Jeanne put her influence and her support behind a new pre-professional company – Arizona Youth Ballet. She has been a Mentor, a Supporter and a Cheerleader to Arizona Youth Ballet and we will be forever grateful to her for that. She left this Earth on October 20, 2013 to join her beloved Jack. She will be missed but will never be far from our hearts!
Mrs. Virgina Shelley danced her way into many hearts over the years, but she taught her way into ours. We were fortunate to have such a lovely and giving spirit as part of our company and part of our instructional staff. This lovely lady left us to dance in the clouds on August 9, 2013. Our dancers learned so much from her, as did we all!