Ballet Arizona dancers lead a class of young performers prior to the 2021 Ballet Under the Stars at the Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater. (Photo by David Knox)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (Sept. 19, 2023) – The Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater and The Golf Club of Estrella are the places to be in the West Valley on Friday, Sept. 29.

In the morning, the Nicklaus Design course in the shadow of the Sierra Estrella Mountain range foothills will play host to the 2023 WESTMARC Golf Classic. Then beginning at 7 p.m., just as the sun is setting, Ballet Arizona’s annual Ballet Under the Stars performances, presented by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, will take the stage at the Lakeside Amphitheater.

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars is the perfect show for the entire family and a great way to introduce ballet to young people for the first time. These performances promise an evening of fun suitable for all ages. Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and picnics to experience the beauty of dance at the Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 Estrella Parkway.

The evening features a fully-staged live performance by the professional company dancers of Ballet Arizona, including Juan Gabriel’s “Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez” and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments.

Ballet Under the Stars also showcases world premiere performances choreographed by local school students through the Class Act program. Each year, Ballet Arizona’s professional dancers provide a three-week dance training class for students in four different elementary schools across the Valley. Estrella Mountain Elementary School dance students will perform.

“We’re thrilled that two of Estrella’s signature amenities will be in the spotlight,” said Jeff Zimmerman, Director of Entitlements & Development for Estrella. “We’re also honored that these fantastic organizations, WESTMARC and Ballet Arizona, are bringing two of their signature events to Estrella. It’s going to be a great morning and evening.”

Golfers will hit the links at The Golf Club of Estrella, 11800 S. Golf Club Drive, at 8 a.m. A Nicklaus Design golf course and Troon-managed facility, the golf club is located just 30 minutes from downtown Phoenix.

Designed primarily by Jack Nicklaus II, the course flows along the contours of the land, allowing washes and hillsides to remain in a pristine state. Large greens and split-level fairways test a golfer’s decision-making and club selection. Golf Club of Estrella is consistently ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the Top-20 Public Courses in Arizona.

About Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen – a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet – Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a life-long love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 22,000 children and families every year through its free and low-cost outreach programs. For more information, visit


WESTMARC — the Western Maricopa Coalition — is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley. WESTMARC is committed to our members’ success and to our mission of enhancing economic development and promoting quality of life in the West Valley. For more information visit

About Estrella

Home to 8,000 families, Estrella is a 20,000-acre mixed-use master-planned community located in the City of Goodyear, approximately 17 miles west of Phoenix. Estrella’s 500-plus acres of open space include more than 50 parks and 65 miles of paths and trails, plus 72 acres of lakes for kayaking, sailing, and catch-and-release fishing. Amenities include Starpointe and Presidio Residents’ Clubs, the Yacht Club of Estrella, basketball, volleyball, pickleball, tennis courts, and more. Estrella is also home to a Nicklaus Design Championship golf course, The Golf Club of Estrella. For more information about Estrella, please visit