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The Minnesota Ballet’s mission, through its professional company and school, is to inspire a love and appreciation for dance, to advance the art of ballet, to increase access to the art form, and to use its resources to benefit the greater community.
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Operational support for the Minnesota Ballet is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Operational funding is received from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Miller-Dwan Foundation, Wildey Mitchell Family Foundation, and The Depot United Campaign. Minnesota Ballet is also generously supported by many businesses and individuals of our community.

This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the programs of the Minnesota Ballet is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability in admission, access, or employment.

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A director’s decade

This season marks my 25th anniversary with the Minnesota Ballet. When I joined the “New” Duluth Ballet in 1992 as Ballet Master to serve with Allen Fields, the new Artistic Executive Director, I thought I’d be here for a few years, learning to be a better choreographer and ballet master, while still dancing in all performances.
But as I became a part of the community, I saw this area’s incredible embrace of the arts. How welcoming and eager for artistic cultural experiences and how encouraging to artists.
Now, as I celebrate my 10th anniversary as Artistic Executive Director, I am in awe of what you have allowed us to accomplish. Because of the value this community and state put on the arts, the quality of the dancers, productions, and school programs continues to flourish.
In celebration, in October we are presenting a mixed program of works reflecting the artistic diversity forming the core of what I believe we are all about. Masterworks like George Balanchine’s Tarantella, and Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others. A work that was special to me while I was in full-out dance mode here—Allen Fields’ “Court Dances,” not seen since 1996. And a premiering work by emerging choreographer Isaac Starrett, from Milwaukee Ballet.
In December our beloved Nutcracker, with the Minnesota Ballet Orchestra, so exciting for us and you!
And in March, a longtime realization of a dream: bringing the full Swan Lake to our community, this most enduring classic with its themes of love, betrayal, sorcery and pageantry, to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.
I am so proud of this company, its artists, Board of Directors and our patrons, who have made the arts and dance an integral, invaluable part of the culture and quality of life we so enjoy here.
Thank you!
Robert Gardner, Executive Artistic Director

 

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Student Summer Showcase – July 28, 2017


Free Outdoor Presentation
Friday, July 28
Noon
Duluth Public Library Plaza

Across from The Depot
Spend lunch hour with upper-level students of the School of the Minnesota Ballet as they demonstrate dance styles from ballet to Broadway. Choreography class students perform their own works-in-progress. Highlighting the presentation will be a ballet work by Igor Burlak, faculty member at the Boston Ballet School, and a Latin jazz work by guest teacher Marco Carreon, dance faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Student Summer Showcase, July 28

Free Outdoor Presentation
Friday, July 28
Noon
Duluth Public Library Plaza

Across from The Depot

The School of the Minnesota Ballet showcases its upper-level students as they demonstrate ballet, modern, jazz, tap, character (European folk dance), musical theater dance, and their own works in progress created during the choreography class. Highlighting the presentation will be special works by two guest teacher/choreographers.

Guest Choreographers

Special Works by Guest Teachers/Choreographers
Igor Burlak
, who studied at the School of American Ballet, is a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School and former member of such companies as the Minnesota Ballet. His visit is funded in part by the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Marco Carreon, dance faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills, directs its resident dance company MOSAIC. In March he taught in the North-Central Region American Dance Association Conference, held at UMD.

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