Ballet Arizona Book Club

Ballet Arizona presents first-ever book club starting August 19

Ballet Arizona announced 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, features popular titles relating to dance facilitated by Alexandra Papazian, Ballet Arizona education and community engagement manager.

Pre-registration is 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

Wed., Aug. 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

Wed., Oct. 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

Wed., Jan. 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 This interview includes unpublished testimony from various artists, producers and friends who knew Alberto in his private and professional life, along with added dramatizations from the mini-series Until I Met You.

  • The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp

Wed., April 14, 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.

To sign up for the Ballet Arizona Book Club, visit

For more information about Ballet Arizona’s classes and programs, visit

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