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.
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.
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 Sharratt, 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.
Robert Gardner, Executive Artistic Director
2017 – 2018 Performing Season Sponsor:
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.
Dance Day at the Depot
Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m.
Depot Great Hall
Free Public Event
The School of the Minnesota Ballet celebrates dance with a free special event for the public. Advanced students perform special works, upper-level students demonstrate dance technique, and the entire audience can join in social dances or watch the fun.
School of the Minnesota Ballet t-shirts are now available for a limited time only.
Also, student raffle packets are available at both the Depot and Grain Exchange studios. We have some great prizes again this year, along with incentive prizes for the top three students who sell the most tickets.
Thursday, April 26
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Depot Great Hall
$45 presale/$50 at door
Sampling wines and micro beers is only the start. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres from some of the area’s finest restaurants. In the hilarious Heads or Tails competition, compete for a wall of wine. Bid on all sorts of auction items including a spot in the 2019 Celebrity Dance Challenge.View All