Phoenix Ballet (formerly known as Ballet & Friends) is a non-profit organization bringing the beauty and joy of classical ballet productions to Phoenix and locations around the globe.
We believe Ballet enriches and heals the spirit, bringing community and creativity to lives not just in Scottsdale, AZ. but around the world as well.
Phoenix Ballet’s vision is to expand its performance opportunities in Arizona which includes inviting guest choreographers, teachers and dancers while providing even more exposure by performing around the world in full ballet repertoire, work to expand the international exchange of cultural programs as well as promote Phoenix Arizona and the United State’s culture internationally. Their goal is to establish artistic excellence, dancer growth and development while offering the best in classical and contemporary ballet to audiences worldwide.
“And just as we started dancing as children, because we felt it was our desire, passion and destiny – we wanted to continue our “mission” as teachers to fulfill our love to ballet.” - Slawomir Woźniak, Artistic Director
Phoenix Ballet is under the Artistic direction of Slawomir Woźniak, former Principle Dancer of Teatr Wielki in Łόdź and The National Opera in Warsaw. Mr. Woźniak began his work with Phoenix Ballet in 1989 as a guest artist and became Artistic Director in 2007. He is known worldwide throughout the ballet community with extensive experience as a performer, choreographer and educator. Mr. Woźniak began his early training at the Poznań Ballet School in Poland and more recently graduated from the University of Music in Warsaw.
The official school of Phoenix Ballet, Master Ballet Academy, is dedicated to offering the highest level of dance education and is the only internationally and nationally recognized ballet school in the state of Arizona. Master Ballet Academy, along with Phoenix Ballet members, has received numerous medals, honors and awards from prestigious competitions all over the world in such places as Germany, China, Moscow and many more.
In May 2014, Ballet & Friends became Phoenix Ballet, a performance Company created to give students from Master Ballet Academy, graduating students, and dancers already recognized in the national ballet world the opportunity to perform internationally, have fun dedicating their lives to ballet, and perform world-class productions for local audiences. Through these performance expereinces and exceptional training, Phoenix Ballet is cultivating extraordinary performers that are world citizens of character and integrity.