Scottsdale and Phoenix Parents
Boys Need to Do Ballet!
I was introduced to ballet at age 12 and never looked back. I was lucky that growing up in Pittsburgh, I was inspired by the hall of fame wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lynne Swann, who was injured and rehabilitated back to his steller on the field performance through ballet classes. This was more than enough proof for my classmates that, ballet is indeed not for sissies, when the great Lynne Swann was taking classes. After a short time in ballet I was awarded a full Ford Foundation scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in New York City, and the rest is history.
Ballet has rewarded me in too many ways to mention, from training with some of the greatest teachers of our time, dancing around the world sharing the stage with many luminaries, to making life long friends in the arts. Please read the 2 articles in the links below, if you have a slight or even currently no interest in ballet. This is an art form that can change your life forever as it did mine.
Contact us at Scottsdale School of Ballet if you have any questions about enrolling for ballet classes this year. We have a place ready for you so all you need to do is get to the school and enroll. You can review all info here on the website.
Wonderful Faculty for the 2019 – 2020 Season
Classes for the 2019-2020 Season will begin August 12th 2019 and we want to welcome all new students and welcome back to all returning students. All students who have been enrolled in SSB last year will advance to the next level, unless otherwise instructed by the directors.
Level 1 in “The Ballet Class”
We take great care in making sure that our faculty is the best that can be offered and are extremely pleased with the 2019 -2020 faculty. Returning teaching staff is: Ballet/ Caroline Fazzuoli, Paola Hartey, Aidan Huff Flamenco / Julia Chacon, Contemporary/ Kelsey Kroll, Rebecca Boizelle and our piano accompanist for the Advanced I and II, Amanda Hidalgo. We also want to welcome a new instructor to the ballet staff, Cece Huffman. She will be a wonderful addition to our school and feel free to visit the Faculty page to review her bio.
Level A and B in “The Ballet Class”
We have updated much of the site, with the current schedules, calendar, photos and will continue to update on a regular basis, the galleries and photos that represent the various levels in our school. Remember that you can always enroll online with the fillable form on the Registration page. Please email or call us with any questions and the current rates and fees for each level.
We look forward to seeing all of you the week of August 12th and keep checking back here as we will have the blog page updated regularly.
Soiree de Ballet 2019
Scottsdale School of Ballet presented 2 wonderful performances at the Paradise Valley Community College on May 11th and May 12th. Both shows were a rousing success and all in attendance were treated to an evening filled with ballet, contemporary and Flamenco works.
Beginning with Contemporary works, we saw interpretations of humanity and kindness with SSB Levels 3, 4 and Intermediate, give way to a visceral and powerful presentation by the Advanced level.
Always a hit, “The Ballet Class” was performed flawlessly by all levels. Followed by “The Enchanted Room” the students showed wonderful portrayals as characters in this faraway land. Charming “Flowers”, “Butterflies”, “Duchesses”, “Woodlings”, “Gnomes” and ethereal “Apparitions” who offset the powerful scene between “The Girl” and “The Monsters”. All the while “The Spellcaster” and her court surprised all when choosing “The Girl” as their queen. A touching moment was provided at the end when “The Girl” is awakened to find that maybe our dreams can come true.
Finishing out the evening was a wonderful interpretation of the classic, “La Bayadere Act II”. Here the Pre-Professional levels had their chance to shine and pull out all of the stops, in dancing many of the demanding roles with flair and aplomb. From a lilting “Fan Dance” to a rousing “Golden Idol”, the ballet finished with a “Pas de Deux” and “Wedding Guests” quartet that held the audience captivated throughout.
The performances, as always are possible from the generous sponsorship and support by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation. To get more information, or make a donation to support the wonderful work the foundation does click here FOUNDATION.
Scottsdale School of Ballet will once again present 2 performances at for the Soiree de Ballet 2019 a the Paradise Valley Community College for these shows. We are also happy to announce our Spring guest artist, Kenta Taniguchi (see bio below) of the Eugene Ballet dancing the role of “Solor” in “La Bayadere Act II. Mr Taniguchi, as well as these performances are generously sponsored by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation.
The evening features the perennial favorite, “The Ballet Class,” where the audience gets a look into the training of a ballet student, from the beginning steps through the Advanced level.
This is followed by “The Enchanted Room”, an original work choreographed by Donald and Sibylle Dadey, and Flamenco by Julia Chacon is set to a compilation score where the story follows a girl who instead of doing homework, daydreams, falls asleep and dreams of a faraway land. Or is it a dream?
For the finale, we present highlights and our variations from “La Bayadere-Act II“, set to the wonderful music of Ludwig Minkus. Exquisitely re-staged after one of the classical masters by Sibylle Acatos-Dadey, with additional choreography by her and director Donald Dadey. We are also featuring choreography from faculty members, Kelsey Kroll and Rebecca Boizelle for our Contemporary portion of the program.
Again, both performances are held at the Center for The Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College on May 11th 7:00 and May 12th at 2:30. Paradise Valley Community College is located at 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032 at the corner of 32nd Street and Union Hills.
To purchase tickets now, click this link SPRING TICKETS or you can also purchase your tickets in person at the PVCC box office and over the phone at 602.787.7738. We encourage you to by your tickets early as we have sold out some shows in the past.
Guest Artist – “Solor” in “La Bayadere- Act II”
A native of Arizona, Kenta started his ballet training at the Yen – Li Chen Ballet School and
continued his dance education at the Arizona School of Classical Ballet and Dmitri Kulev
Classical Ballet Academy. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he attended under full scholarship,
and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet.
Kenta placed Top 12 and 3rd in the Youth America Grand Prix regional competitions. In addition to dancing, Kenta has choreographed classical and contemporary works for different schools.
Classes begin August 13th / Announcing new Faculty
Scottsdale School of Ballet classes will begin the week of August 13th for all levels. Please see the schedule page for more information on classes. If you are interested in a new enrollment at SSB, keep in mind that you have a free trial class so we can be sure the class and our school is a good fit for your student. Please fill out the online registration form on this web-site and don’t hesitate call to reserve your trial class.
We are also happy to announce the addition of Kelsey Kroll and Rebecca Boizelle, as our Contemporary teachers, and to welcome back Aidan Huff to the ballet faculty for this year. We are looking forward to the insightful training they will provide to the SSB students.
As usual we will have 2 performance seasons including the Winter Festival 2018 in December and Soiree de Ballet 2019 in May 2019. We encourage all of the students to participate in the shows, as this is an important aspect of ballet and dance training.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the studio at 480-948-8202.
Scottsdale School of Ballet is so honored to have these Summer guests teaching for the 2018 Ballet Summer Intensive. Please take some time to read about them and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your child or dancer study with these illustrious additions to our regular faculty. The summer guests are proudly Sponsored by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation.
Christine Spizzo trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, the NC School of the Arts (now UNCSA), and the School of American Ballet in New York. Upon graduation, she joined the National Ballet of Washington (DC), and the Ballet Repertory Company (NY), ultimately joining American Ballet Theatre in 1975. A soloist with ABT, Spizzo appeared in numerous Live Lincoln Center and Dance in America telecasts, as well as the Herbert Ross films “The Turning Point” and “Dancers,” and in Baryshnikov’s “Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote” video films. Spizzo was a Principal dancer with Ballet Arizona from 1988-1990, and with the Nureyev & Friends North American tour in 1990. She performed in the Broadway company of “Phantom of the Opera” from 1990-2000. Also during that time, Spizzo was an adjunct professor at both NYU and SUNY/Purchase. In 1996, she served as Artistic Coordinator of ABT’s inaugural Summer Intensive Program, and has remained a principal teacher in all subsequent ABT Summer Intensives (NYC, NC, Austin,TX). Christine has been a Guest Teacher and stager of classical repertoire at various schools throughout North Carolina, and in New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Connecticut, California, and Puerto Rico.
In 2000, Spizzo joined the dance faculty at UNCSA, where she worked for 10 years, receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She taught in the School of the Arts’ Preparatory Dance Program for several years, and is now an adjunct professor of dance at UNCSA. She is also on faculty at the Dancers’ Edge dance studio in Kernersville. Spizzo is the owner and co-founder, along with Mark McCullough, of Studio Elevé.
Natalia Magnicaballi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a principal dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since its conception in 1999 and with Ballet Arizona since 2002. A graduate of Teatro Colón, she became a principal dancer at the age of 19 with Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. In Europe she joined the Italian company Aterballetto under Mauro Bigonzetti’s direction. Her repertoire includes the lead roles in the most beloved classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Giselle, as well as the leads in Balanchine’s Tzigane, Don Quixote, Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Agon, La Valse, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Allegro Brillante, Ballade, Four Temperaments, Who Cares?, Clarinade, Bugaku, Meditation, Episodes, “Emeralds”, “Rubies” and “Diamonds” from Jewels, Lebeslieder Walzer, Prodigal Son, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Variations for Orchestra, Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Mozartiana, Swan Lake and Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night.
Natalia has premiered works by Jirí Kylián, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Mauro Bigonzetti, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Mejia, Ib Andersen, Oscar Araiz, Mauricio Wainrot, Ana María Stekelman, Alberto Méndez, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.
She has toured and performed in the main houses and arena theatres around five continents including the Paris Opera Garnier and the Mariinsky Theatre.
Natalia has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and named the “Best Dancer of the State of Arizona” by The Arizona Republic.
Roman Zavarov entered the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at age 10, and was performing with the Bolshoi Company by age 13. He completed his pre-professional training at the schools of Pennsylvania Ballet and Boston Ballet, joining Boston Ballet II in 2004. The following season he became a member of American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, and joined Boston Ballet for the 2005–06 season. In 2006 Roman studied on scholarship at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia furthering his training in performance, modern dance and dramatic arts. Since joining Ballet Arizona in 2007, Roman has danced principal roles in Ib Andersen’s The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, and the title roles in Balanchine’s Prodigal Son and Apollo. Roman’s soloist work includes roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Andersen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, and La Bayadere, also Balanchine’s La Sonnambula, The Four Temperaments, and La Valse. Roman originated a role in Andersen’s Diversions which was performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Photo by Ron Brewer Images.
For more information and to register for Summer classes go to SUMMER
Scottsdale School of Ballet had a great successful run of performances this past weekend with the Soiree de Ballet 2018 at the Herberger Theater. We are so fortunate to have the faculty, staff and group of volunteers to get this production to the theater is such great shape. We are not only very proud of our students but have many to thank for this production. Thanks to the entire theater crew at the Herberger and especially to our Stage Manager/Lighting Designer, Jenissa Yauney for your ethereal lighting throughout the evening.
Thanks to Julia Chacon for opening the show with a fiery Flamenco work that included “Solea por Bulerias/Tangos and Sevillianas”, for Levels 2 – Intermediate and to Kristofer Hill for his outstanding Flamenco guitar stylings in live accompaniment.
Joan Rodriguez and Taimy Miranda, your contemporary works were such a wonderful addition to this evening, from the pensive “Ostinato” for the Level 4, the riveting “Time Flies” for the Intermediate level, and the stunningly, captivating “Saved in a Glass” for the Advanced Level. We are looking forward to many more works in the future. Also, Rebecca Boizelle, for the work you did with the Level 3’s first year in “Surrender”.
Our ballet faculty, thanks Aidan Huff for teaching our Level 1 and Intermediate levels. Caroline Fazzuoli, who did wonders with the Level A through Level C in “The Ballet Class” and “The Seasons”! Every single one of these students was not only well prepared but each performed with confidence beyond their level. Also to Amanda Hidalgo, for accompaniment on piano throughout the year. Paola Hartley, thank you for your help in training the Level 2 and Advanced dancers at SSB and for the addition of your challenging but dynamic ballet “Allegretto” to this evening.
Finally, our Level 3 – Advanced level who rose to the occasion to represent a true classic in for “Coppelia Act III”. Our Advanced level truly pulled out all of the stops and gave the performances of the year in this ballet. Congratulations to all for a wonderful weekend of performances.
What: Barnes and Noble Nationwide Fundraiser
Where: 92nd Street and Shea Blvd
When: Sunday April 15th 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Stop by the Barnes & Noble at 92nd Street and Shea Blvd to see the dancers from Scottsdale School of Ballet on April 15th at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon perform excerpts from the upcoming SBF sponsored “2018 Soiree de Ballet” at the Herberger Theater Stagewest on May 19th and 20th.
Can’t attend the bookfair at Barnes & Noble?
This is a nationwide event so please pass the flyer on to everyone you know, FLYER HERE in PDF . They can make purchases at any Barnes and Noble in stores from April 14th – April 20th.
Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 04/14/18 to 04/25/18 by entering Bookfair ID #12327532 at checkout.
A percentage of all your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our organization.
The students of Scottsdale School of Ballet will be featured in 2 presentations at the Barnes and Noble at the 101 and Shea Blvd. on Sunday, April 15th, one at 11:00 and one at 12 noon. The dancers will feature excepts from the upcoming “Soiree de Ballet 2018” at the Herberger Theater Stagewest, on May 19th and 20th . The Fundraiser is a nationwide event in stores from April 14th – April 20th and online from April 14th – April 25th. Just give the Bookfair ID 12327532 to the cashier or include it for all online urchases and a portion of all sales will directly benefit the
Come and see our dancers on April 15th and even if you cant make it or are not shopping, you can make a donation to the Foundation. Just click on the link above and go to the Donate link. All donations are greatly appreciated and thank you for supporting ballet in the community.
What: Winter Festival 2017
Where: Paradise Valley Community College
When: December 16th 2017 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Once again, with the “2017 Winter Festival”, sponsored by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation, we present an original choreography, by director, Donald Dadey on the Advanced level students. These original choreographed ballets in past performances have featured, to great reviews, such wonderful works as “Exaltation of Angels”, “Solsitice”, “Precipice”, “Encanto” and “Water Dances”. This year Mr. Dadey will present “Songs Without Words” set to the piano pieces by Felix Mendelssohn.
As always for the holiday treat of the evening we present “The Nutcracker Suite” where the directors, Sibylle Acatos-Dadey and Donald Dadey, present a 1st Act Party Scene, leading into an enchanting Snow Scene. Then on to the exciting and dreamy highlights from Act II. In this act you will see and be delighted by our interpretations of all of the traditional dances, culminating with the solo featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy and a rousing finale by the entire cast. Make this part of your Holiday tradition!
Here is the link to purchase tickets for the 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. shows. WINTER TICKETS
What: 2017 Nutcracker Sweets Tea
Where: Chateau Luxe 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive
When: December 3rd 2017 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Make sure you purchase your tickets right away as this will be the Holiday event to attend. Presented as a fundraiser by the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation, this year’s tea is featured at the stunningly beautiful Chateau Luxe with a live piano accompaniment and a complimentary mimosa in the foyer, to welcome you to the event!
Tickets are now available at the PayPal link below or at the Scottsdale School of Ballet studios.
Adult- *$62.00 online *$60.00 at the studio
Child- $52.00 online $50.00 at the studio
*Online prices reflect fees charged by PayPal
Sponsorship’s for the 2017 Tea are available and for information on various levels of sponsorship, see the attached Nutcracker Sweets Tea packet. Can’t attend the Tea, you can always make a donations to the Foundation. We hope to see you at this wonderful holiday tradition.
Go to SBF Sweets Tea Page to purchase tickets.