The company is directed by Mary Beth Cabana, a former principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet and the founder and director of the dance school Ballet Arts. She moved to Tucson in 1984 to dance with Arizona Dance Theatre, which moved to Phoenix two years later and became Ballet Arizona.
For several years, Ballet Tucson did a few performances per year as the professional branch of Cabana's ballet school, using local dancers, guest artists, and students. The company now has a scheduled season of 25 weeks with 10 dancers under contract.
The opening gala features three guest artists: John Gardner, who has danced with the American Ballet Theatre and the White Oak Dance Project; Amanda McKerrow, Gardner's wife and a soloist with ABT; and Osmay Molina, who dances with the National Ballet of Cuba.