Ballet Arts Foundation (now Ballet Tucson) was established in June 1986. The main goal has always been to foster and develop both a professional and a children's performing ensemble, designed to meet the needs of young dancers in southern Arizona with career aspirations.

The two ensembles have provided a rich training ground for the serious student by offering interaction with professional dancers, teachers and choreographers. This in turn allows young dancers to view ballet as a career, while simultaneously instilling a love for the art, and providing a means for greater self-expression.