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Ballet Arizona presents Coppélia

Ballet Arizona has announced that the 2015-2016 season will open with the highly anticipated classic, Coppélia. This comic ballet remains an all-time favorite of many and Ballet Arizona is presents this legendary work for the first time since 2007.

Coppélia tells the story of an eccentric toymaker and a life-sized doll on his balcony that catches the eye of Franz, a young man from the local village. Not realizing this beautiful young woman is not real, Franz becomes infatuated with the gorgeous doll. His fiancée Swanhilde takes matters into her own hands by dressing up as the doll to show Franz his foolishness and bring him back to reality.

Mistaken identity and confusion surround the young couple in love and make this a uniquely hilarious performance. Set to the music of Leo Delibes, this enchanting show provides a fun way for everyone, young and old, to get a taste of the ballet.

Ballet Arizona will give six performances of Coppélia from October 29 to November 1 at Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix. This tale of life-sized dolls comes to life in colorful costumes, making this a perfect complement to Halloween weekend festivities. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to attend in costume.

Chase Field

Back to the ballpark + more to do this weekend

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival takes place this week at various locations throughout Scottsdale. The event is home to over 20 events, 100 restaurants, dozens of chefs, and thousands of guests. This six-day extravaganza has events such as the Burger Battle, Great Arizona Picnic, Southwest Festival of Beers, and more. Scottsdale League for the Arts hosts the event and donates all money raised at the event to arts organizations in Arizona. For a complete list of events and locations, visit scottsdalefest.org.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Various Locations, Scottsdale, April 7-12, $40+

Back to the Ballpark
Spring Training is officially over, but that means the regular season is officially upon us. The Diamondbacks open their season with back-to-back home series against the San Francisco Giants early in the week and Los Angeles Dodgers in the later part of the week. Head out to the ballpark to catch the start of the 2015 season or sample the abundance of new dishes that the park has to offer, such as the Churro Dog. The week is also filled with a limited number of giveaways and special nights, such as Hello Kitty baseball bobble heads and Dad and Daughter Day at the Ballpark.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, April 6-8; April 10-12, $19+

“Sleeping Beauty”
Magic, mischief, and true love’s kiss. What more could you ask for in a performance? Ballet Arizona performs the classic story of “Sleeping Beauty” in the Dorrance Theatre. The studio company will preform the abridged version of the fairytale complete with all the curses.
Ballet Arizona 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, April 11-12, $25

Laura’s Run
Runners, take your mark and get set in the Annual Laura’s Run. The event features a 5K, 1.5K walk, kids dash, and a doggie trot. There will be age bracket awards for the top finishers. Aside from running, there will also be live music, a silent auction, dog treats, refreshments, and a raffle. This annual event benefits patients currently undergoing lung transplantation at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, April 11, $35

Paddle Fest
Head out to Lake Pleasant’s Fireman’s Cove for the all day Paddle Fest. Starting early, participants can enter into the fishing derby. If you don’t own a paddleboat, there will be booths set up to try out canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and rafts. Other events include photography from a paddleboat and various scavenger hunts. Vendors will be on hand all day for festival attendees to check out all the different watercrafts. There will also be live music throughout the afternoon.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd., Morristown, April 11, $6 per vehicle

"Napoli." Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev

5 things to do this weekend: Feb. 9-16, 2015

1. “Napoli” premieres in US

Ballet Arizona will be the first American ballet company to present “Napoli.” This performance tells the love story of the poor fisherman Gennaro and his beloved Teresina. Teresina is swept away in a great storm. Sea nymphs rescue her, but Gennaro is nowhere to be found. Their love must overcome obstacles in a dark vs. light story. This classic Danish ballet is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, February 12-15, $45+

2. Cooking at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to learn how to cook a meal just for the special day of romance. Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins, Lead instructor of the LeCordon Bleau College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, leads the cooking demonstration. He will teach a variety of dishes that you can cook at home for that special someone. The cooking lesson begins at 6:30.

Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, February 11, Free

3. VNSA Book Sale

The 59thAnnual Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) Book Sale happens this weekend.  The annual book sale benefits VNSA charities. All books are marked at discounted prices. The book sale offers books for all tastes―children’s, biography, textbooks, classics, and many more. On Sunday, all books, except for rare and unusual books, are half off. Admission to the event is free, but the fairgrounds charge parking. Shoppers should bring their own bags or small wheel around carts as VNSA is going green and will not have bags.

Exhibit Hall at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, February 14-15, Free

Phoenix Comicon Brings In Over 23,000 Attendees, Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

4. Amazing Arizona ComicCon

Over 150 exhibitors are expected to be present at this year’s Amazing Arizona ComicCon. Friday will feature special Friday the 13thprogramming. There will be a costume contest on Saturday. The event will also feature special guests such as Kevin Eastman, the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and artists from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, February 13-15, $25-$35, $60 for a weekend pass

5. Coyotes, Sharks, and Rangers, oh my!

The Arizona Coyotes will face off against the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers this weekend. The Sharks were last here in January and managed to take a 3-2 win over the Coyotes. As for the Rangers, the Coyotes’ have yet to face off against the New York team. The puck drops at 7 p.m.  both nights at the arena.

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, February 13-14, $35+


Nataliia Kelsheva

Nataliia Kelsheva

BONUS: Do you still need to find a place to take that special someone to dinner this weekend? Check out our two-part series on Valentine’s Day Deals in Arizona.

Part 1

Part 2


NB|AZ will air ‘Elevate AZ’ Super Bowl ad

In an effort to promote Arizona and the businesses that impact its communities and citizens, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the airing of its official “Elevate AZ” commercial during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX.

The commercial is a key portion of NB|AZ’s “Elevate AZ” campaign and will feature three Arizona businesses and two Arizona nonprofit organizations that exemplify what it means to “Elevate AZ.” Viewers will be invited to visit www.ElevateAZ.com to learn more about the organizations and how they have positively impacted the lives of many Arizonans.

NB|AZ is in a unique position to more clearly define Arizona and what it means to be an Arizonan while working to dispel some of the myths that many outside the state believe to be true.

“Too often Arizona is defined by those who do not live here and have no understanding of the strength of the people, communities and causes that drive this state,” Keith Maio, NB|AZ President and CEO, said. “The goal of the commercial is to elevate the conversation about Arizona on a national level and we feel our clients are leading that discussion.”

Through print, television and online channels NB|AZ will use “Elevate AZ” as the platform to discuss “What’s right with Arizona.”

The five Arizona businesses featured during the 30-second commercial will include K2 Adventure Foundation, Phoenix Group Metals, A Tumbling T Ranch, Ballet Arizona and Page Springs Cellars. Each business is a member of NB|AZ and has a unique impact on their patrons and communities on a daily basis.


Ballet Arizona Presents the U.S. Premiere of Napoli

With the winter presentation of Napoli, Ballet Arizonadance will become the first American ballet company to perform one of the most renowned ballets by legendary Danish choreographer, August Bournonville. The company is calling Napoli the highlight of the season and is eager to share it with fans of the ballet, new and old. Performances will run from February 12-15, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Napoli tells the festive and uplifting love story of Gennaro, a poor fisherman, and his beloved Teresina. Teresina is washed away in a great storm only to be rescued by sea nymphs ruled by an evil sea spirit. The couple’s love must overcome trials and temptations so that light prevails over darkness in the best tradition of Romanticism.

There only two artistic directors in the U.S. with the background and expertise to present this Danish masterpiece in its most authentic form. Ballet Arizona’s, Ib Andersen is one of them. As a principal dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet, Andersen regularly performed Bournonville pieces, allowing him to become an expert in the choreographer’s style of quick footwork that is often much more difficult that it appears.  Napoli was, in fact, the ballet in which Andersen made his stage debut at the age of seven.

The U.S. debut of Napoli in Arizona is source of civic pride for the area – demonstrating that the performing arts in Phoenix are compare with other major cultural centers like New York City and San Francisco.

The highly acclaimed piece is said to be “one that best celebrates this world, real life, vitality and joy,” by the New York Times.

Ticket prices for Napoli start at $15, discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. Tickets may be purchased by calling 602-381-1096 or by visiting www.balletaz.org.

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Haunted Ballet gives ‘Swan Lake’ spooky twist

Ballet Arizona is kicking off Halloween weekend and the start of their season with a spooky twist to its performance of the classic ballet “Swan Lake.”

Bringing “Swan Lake” back to Ballet Arizona for the first time since 2009, the dancers will perform the ballet in their traditional costumes, but the “normal clothing” rule does not apply to the audience for the night of October 31.

Audience members are encouraged to come in their Halloween attire, and those who show up in costume will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $35 in the Halloween section and will have the opportunity to enter the costume contest.

Those who enter the costume contest have the opportunity to win $500 in cash for the best overall costumes. Prizes for best costumes in the categories of Best Zombie Dancer Costume, Best Traditional Dancer Costume and Best Non-Dancer Costume will also be offered.

October 31 is the only night for the spooky version of Swan Lake, but the ballet will have 6 performances from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.

The ballet, featuring the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and under the direction of Ib Anderson, is about a young hunter who falls in love with Odette, the Swan Queen, and revolves around the trials surrounding their romance.


Phoenix Urban Ale Trail, One Direction + more things to do

Boy bands, brews cruise, ballet under the stars and much more to do this weekend!

9/16: One Direction
The British boy-band One Direction is taking over Glendale and a swarm of screaming teenage girls is sure to follow. With three albums that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the concert is sure to draw a large crowd ready for sing-a-longs and selfies.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Tuesday, Sept. 16, gates open 5 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m., $46 to $110

9/17: Last Comic Standing
Want a nice twist on dinner and a show? NBC’s Emmy-nominated series “Last Comic Standing” is hosting a show in Mesa with an optional pre-dinner show available. The show will feature sketch comedy, improv and stand-up with up-and-coming comedians.
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., $40 (optional pre-dinner $35)

9/18: Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
It may not be so “metal” to have a festival indoors in Phoenix, but with all the head banging and mosh pits fans may be grateful for a little A/C between sets. The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival features big names in the hard rock and heavy metal music industry. This year’s lineup includes Godsmack, Seether and Buckcherry and more.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:40 p.m. $38 to $50

9/18-9/27: Ballet Arizona Presents Ballet Under the Stars
With a series of six free concerts, Ballet Arizona takes its company around the Valley to give residents the opportunity to experience a free ballet performance. Performances are held at local parks and outdoor event spaces locations in Phoenix, Sun City, Goodyear, Fountain Hills and more.
Various locations, Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 18 to 27, 7 p.m., free, more info

9/20: Downtown Phoenix Urban Ale Trail
This self-guided tour through downtown Phoenix was made for beer lovers, taking them through downtown restaurants and other locales known for craft beers. The first 300 people to begin the tour will receive a commemorative, free growler. The tour offers beer samples for $2 to $3 along with a selection of snacks from the restaurants that are all accessible by foot or light rail.
Downtown Phoenix, 320 N. 3rd St., Saturday, Sept. 20, 1 to 6 p.m., $2 to $3 per sample at participating businesses, more info

JAMIE Loves: Jamie Herzlinger

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012

JAMIE Loves in March…


I am so excited that spring is here! One of my favorite things about March is Spring Break. Unfortunately, I am always super busy with work in March and therefore cannot go anywhere too far. Lucky for me, I live in one of the best cities, full of activities, amazing hotels, spas, restaurants, shopping and more. So this month I will be taking a “staycation” where I will relax here in Scottsdale. I will be staying at one of my favorite hotels, golfing at one of my favorite courses, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.

The Royal Palms

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many amazing resorts from which to choose; this month I will be staying at The Royal Palms. For one, I love the location; it’s right on the base of Camelback Mountain, so the views are breathtaking. Secondly, I love the intimate setting of the resort; you feel at home here. And lastly, I cannot deny a great spa! A massage and facial is just what I need on my “staycation.”

Desert Botanical Garden

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012One of my favorite places to visit in Arizona is the Desert Botanical Garden, and springtime is the best time to visit the gardens — the wild flowers are blooming, and the cacti are so green! In collaboration with Ballet Arizona, the Desert Botanical Gardens brings Topia. The dancers perform with the backdrop of the red rocks as the sun sets. This event goes from March 2-March 26th, so get your tickets now on the Desert Botanical Garden website.


JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many talented chefs living in Arizona; one of my favorites is Mark Tarbell and his restaurant Tarbell’s. I love the atmosphere and the people there. Not to mention, the food is super tasty; one of my personal favorite dishes is the grilled organic salmon. This plate with a good glass of wine and great company, there is no better way to enjoy my “staycation.”



Jamie Herzlinger Interiors

4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., #705
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 795-3824


The Nutcracker, Ballet Arizona Dancers

Ballet Arizona, Ib Andersen Gear Up For The Nutcracker

Every fall, dancers embark on a journey that they’ve been on time and time again: the story of the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker, an epic ballet in two parts, is an elaborate production filled with intricate detail — both in costume and emotions — so it’s no wonder that it is one of the most performed ballets in the world. But why does it never get old? Ib Andersen,choreographer, Ballet Arizona

According to Ballet Arizona choreographer of 12 years, Ib Andersen,  it’s not so much about the dancing as it is about the music, composer Tchaikovsky’s score.

“It has an amazing score — just absolutely gorgeous music,” Andersen says. “Without that, it would be very hard to do the show every year. It keeps it plausible.”

Dancer Joseph Cavanaugh, one of few veterans of the company who has been with Ballet Arizona since 2000, agrees.

“When people think of the holidays, they think of the music of the Nutcracker,” Cavanaugh says. “To hear it live is really beautiful, and the ballet itself is magical because it carries you through so many different emotions. It starts with a party, and then Clara has a dream that takes you to a scary place of rats and small soldiers; adults really enjoy the child’s imagination that comes to life. Not to mention that the snow on stage takes you to a different world.”

What’s it like dancing with the snow? According to Cavanaugh, Dancers are constantly slipping and falling throughout rehearsals, and sometimes they’ll even find snow in their clothing up to a year later.

The production itself is also new. While the dancing is the same, “new life was given to it with newer costumes and aesthetics,” Cavanaugh says. “We also have better dancers now than 10 years ago.”

In the world of ballet, your career ends in your 30’s, and if you’re lucky, when you’re 40. Your career usually starts, however, around seven years of age. Andersen, a Denmark native, started attending a theater school at that age.

In fact, Andersen was one of two dancers left in the dance program when he graduated at the age of 16, due to the annual end-of-year auditions and exam. The class originally began with 60 people.

“There’s nothing remotely equivalent to that in America,” Andersen says. State-sponsored theater schools with more than 1,000 employees are very popular in Europe and remain so today.Joseph Cavanaugh, Ballet Arizona

For Cavanaugh, his transition into the dance world was a little different. He knew he wanted to dance when he saw MC Hammer perform, so he took a hip-hop and jazz class.

“I thought ballet was a ballerina dancing in a jewelry box,” he adds. “But the connection my mind and body made was so fascinating to me.” He was 16 when he began, and the rest is history.

While Cavanaugh is unusual in the fact that he started late, for the dancing world at least (Andersen says most dancers go professional at 18), Cavanaugh explains that the moves he learns are much like learning to ride a bike — you can stay away from the dance for a few years but once you start dancing again, you will remember how to move the body.

“You know that saying about 10 years or 10,000 hours?” Cavanaugh says. “It’s true. It takes that long to finally feel like you understand a little of what you’re doing, and I do believe it takes that to become better.”

Although Arizona may not be a dance mecca, Cavanaugh stayed with Ballet Arizona to work with Andersen.

“He truly is an artistic director that is interested in all aspects of the company,” Cavanaugh says. “Details matter to him and that matters to me. He taught me that more communication happens in the details, the way you arch your feet can make all the difference.”

Ballet Arizona's The NutcrackerAndersen himself explains that he is a teacher of sorts for his dancers. While he himself has not taken stage in 22 years, he gives his talent to the dancers he directs. “I tell them what to do, what not to do,” he says.

Andersen’s love for the ballet does not go unnoticed. “Even if it is the same ballet, the ballet is like music; you can hear or see it more than once,” Andersen says. “The more you see it, the more you appreciate it. Or the more you hate it,” he laughs.

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The Nutcracker runs from December 9th to December 24th. Tickets start at $17. For more information on the ballet and ticketing, visit Ballet Arizona’s website.