Ballet Arizona, the Valleyâ€™s only professional dance company, is proud to announce that its in-studio theater, Dorrance Theater, will be installing OTOjOY, an assistive hearing system that will be set-up for its 2022-2023 season.
This OTOjOY system will further support the Arizona community by improving audience and patron experiences for programs that happen at Ballet Arizonaâ€™s Dorrance Theater, including Ballet Arizonaâ€™s Performance Hour events, Studio Spotlight performances, and many more opportunities.
OTOjOY utilizes a hearing loop to provide auditory assistance to individuals who are hard of hearing by connecting with personal cochlear implants, traditional hearing aids, or with telecoil-enables smart earbuds.
â€œWe are very excited to be expanding our accessibility systems here at Ballet Arizona with OTOjOY in order to be able to make ballet an art form all community members can enjoy,â€ said Claire Schmaltz, Ballet Arizonaâ€™s Community Engagement Manager. â€œThis is just one of many steps that Ballet Arizona will be making to help make the arts more accessible to all of Arizona.â€
It is estimated that 1.7 million Arizonans experience hearing loss. The OTOjOY assistive hearing system will be a large part of increasing accessibility efforts at Ballet Arizona. In addition, Ballet Arizona has also incorporated sign language interpretation for Studio Spotlight, Ballet Under the Stars, Student Matinees, and Pre/Post Performance Chats.
The installation of OTOjOY is made possible through the generous support of the Arizona Community Foundation.
For more information on Ballet Arizona and its 2022-2023 season, please visit balletaz.org.
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 â€“ a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet â€“ 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 35,000 children and families every year through its free and low-cost outreach programs. For more information, visit http://www.balletaz.org.