The Minnesota Ballet stands in the Midwest as a premier classical ballet company and dance education organization, providing the region with high-quality performances, pre-professional ballet training, and lively outreach programs.
To give audiences a dynamic array of dance, the Ballet builds reimagined versions of classic works including Coppélia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, and the 2018 premiering Swan Lake.
To bring the world’s masterworks to new audiences, the Ballet acquires works such as George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Tarantella, Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil, Antony Tudor’s Continuo and Little Improvisations, Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, and Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others and The Waiting Room.
To keep dance relevant in the 21st century, the Ballet commissions established and emerging choreographers to create works in a range of dance styles.
To bring dance to the people, the Ballet yearly tours its repertoire and full-length ballets, including its popular Nutcracker production, casting children at the tour sites in traditional young dancer roles.
To bring ballet to the community, the Ballet offers outreach programs, while the annual Student Enrichment Matinée brings children to the ballet—a one-hour performance at Symphony Hall in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
To train future professionals and art-lovers, the School of the Minnesota Ballet offers fine ballet training in its school year and Summer Intensive, taught by former and present professional ballet dancers. The Creative Dance class provides adaptive instruction to children with motor, sensory, and cognitive challenges. The Teen/Adult Division offers dance and conditioning classes to those with or without dance experience.
To the Ballet, it’s inclusively drawing all into the delight and drama of dance.
The Mission of the Minnesota Ballet is to inspire appreciation of the art of dance through performing and educating.
The Vision: As a premier dance company, the Minnesota Ballet will engage, enlighten and inspire the community and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance.
In all of its endeavors the Minnesota Ballet advances and celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity, which richly nourish the art of dance.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Operational support is also provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Wildey Mitchell Family Foundation.