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Ballet & Friends

Ballet & Friends is the non-profit corporation producing Master Ballet Academy's annual Nutcracker ballet benefiting the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.

This exciting production is directed by Slawomir Wozniak, award-winning principal dancer of the Warsaw Ballet.

A portion of our Nutcracker proceeds benefit the US Marine Corps' TOYS FOR TOTS campaign, as well as collecting Toy's for Tots at our performances.

Please peruse our site for more information about this year's Nutcracker, as well as our other educational efforts and upcoming events.

Ballet & Friends primary project is the annual production of the Nutcracker to benefit Toys for Tots. The Nutcracker season also provides many opportunities for community service, for example:

  • * Scouts and ROTC cadets earn award credits by helping to post advertising, distribute programs and bag toys.

  • * Over 2,000 elementary school students, many who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend a ballet performance, enjoy special morning performances.

  • * Our advanced dancers visit classrooms full of wide-eyed children to demonstrate ballet technique and answer questions.

  • * We welcome everyone to Nutcracker whether or not they can afford to donate a toy.

Ballet & Friends encourages and sponsors students of ballet to enter competitions from the local to the international level. Our dancers have placed first, second and third in the Arizona Society of Arts and letters ballet competitions. Students have been sponsored in competitions as far away as Lucerne, Switzerland, some going on to dance professionally.

Our annual Master Classes afford students a tremendous opportunity to receive a week of intensive instruction from the finest ballet professionals such as; Natalia Bessmertnova (Bolshoi Ballet, Victoria Lebedeva (Kirov Ballet, Slawomir Wozniak (Warsaw Ballet) and Karen Scalzetti (Boston Ballet), to name but a few.

School name:Ballet & Friends
Address:3210 East Bell Road
Zip & city:85032 Arizona

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