Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre's Vortex, The Ballet That Rocks


The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park will come alive with ballet grace and passionate rock, dance, and alternative music as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents Vortex, the Ballet That Rocks July 16th and 17th as part of the Artown celebration. 


Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting contemporary ballet that will be like no other you have ever seen. Imagine ballerinas performing grande jet├ęs to music by popular rock artists. The stage will feature scaffolding and exciting props and sets that will create a visual spectacle that cannot be missed.


Thanks to generous support from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, the E.L. Cord Foundation, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, and the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, the rock ballet Vortex is free to the public. The gates open at 7:00pm for picnicking and the shows begin at 8:30pm. This is a PG-13 production.


A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.


Vortex during the month of July is part of the 26th annual Artown festival.  The month-long summer arts festival features more than 500 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide.




Monday, December 14, 2020

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil's The Little Mermaid


The spring gala season for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre opens with the classic ballet The Little Mermaid on May 1st and 2nd at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, The Little Mermaid is the captivating story of the beautiful mermaid and her dreams of becoming a human. A dashing prince, a sea witch, crabs, and jovial eels have starring roles in this fantasy adventure. This classic story is filled with mesmerizing dance, intrigue, and is fun for the entire family. The Reno Phil with Jason Altieri as the conductor will perform the exciting score.



The Saturday May 1st performance will be held at 8pm and the Sunday May 2nd performance will be at 2pm. Due to the pandemic, there will only be 250 patrons allowed at each performance. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets call the Pioneer Center at 775-434-1050 or on-line at


A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.





Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Streaming The Nutcracker

 A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is streaming an encore presentation of The Nutcracker. Go to for a link. The show will be available the entire month of December.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Notcracker

While we will not be allowed to perform a traditional “The Nutcracker” we are going to do our best to inject a little of the show’s holiday spirt into the community. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil will take the lemons they have been given and make lemonade.

First, we will be doing pop-up mini dances all throughout the community. Several Reno Phil musicians and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre dancers will perform a suite, such as the Mirlitons, from “The Nutcracker” at a museum, a restaurant, and other public spaces. We can’t announce in advance where these pop-ups will occur because we can’t risk drawing a large unsafe crowd. But we plan to have a little Mother Ginger here and mice and soldiers over there. Keep on the lookout for the holiday fun.

In addition, we are going to perform excerpts of Act II at the Pioneer Center. We can do Act II because maintaining social distancing with the dancers is possible. So the lucky 50 people in the theater will get to see Spanish, Chinese, Arabian, Mother Ginger, Russians, Waltz of the Flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy perform. There will be a much reduced Reno Phil in front of the stage, not in the orchestra pit. Sets will be minimal but we want to let the dancers perform and show us the talent they have been forced to put on hold for the last seven months.

Finally, the entire month of December, we will be streaming an encore performance of last year’s “The Nutcracker”.  It was the 25th anniversary production and if you need your “The Nutcracker” fix it is extremely entertaining. We are also having our popular Nutcracker boutique set up in the Pioneer lobby throughout December 5th, 12th, and 19th 1pm to 3pm. I know many people collect Nutcrackers so you can purchase a Nutcracker and help a worthwhile non-profit organization. We will post details of these events on-line at

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Little Mermaid Postponed Again

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is being forced to cancel the September performances of The Little Mermaid. The ballets will be performed in our spring 2021 dates. Mark you calendars for May 1st and 2nd when the ballet goes under the sea with the Reno Phil.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Vortex Canceled Due to COVID-19

It is with a heavy heart that we are being forced to cancel Vortex, the Ballet That Rocks Reno. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to keep our dancers and audiences safe. Look for a link to last year's Vortex to see an encore performance of this wonderful ballet. Go to our website and Facebook page for more information.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Please Use Extra Caution During This COVID19 Crisis

  • Wash your hands!
  • Wear a mask when going out
  • Stay home if at all possible
  • No parties or gatherings
  • Wash your hands!
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use frequently
  • Keep at least six feet from others
  • Minimize trips to the store
  • Don't touch your face
  • Clean and sanitize all surfaces in your home frequently
  • Wash your hands
Thank you!