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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:50 pm | Updated: 1:55 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

What goes great with a hot dog and chips? Breathtakingly graceful ballet — at least, it does for one night in Tempe.

The state's premier professional ballet company, Ballet Arizona, will give a free, outdoor performance 7 p.m. Friday at the amphitheatre at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The “Ballet Under the Stars” performances are an 11-year-old, season-kickoff tradition for the company; they do them each fall at public parks all over the Valley.

The performances blend a world-class display of contemporary and classic ballet with a casual, bring-the-family-and-a-blanket atmosphere. Spectators are invited to spread out on the ground or in lawn chairs to watch the show, which will include a performance of George Balanchine’s “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” and excerpts from popular ballets “Swan Lake” and “Don Quixote.”

Tempe dance students will also do a number, and you can buy a hot dogs, chips, pop and water or bring your own snacks.

Ballet Arizona will perform the same free show Thursday at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Saturday at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix and Sunday at Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale.

For information, call (480) 350-2822 or visit www.tempe.gov/tca, or visit the dance company's Web site at www.balletaz.org.

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