Fundraisers / Events

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    Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Coming in 2015-16!

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    Save the Date for GALA 50th WEEKEND

    Gala Performance at DECC Symphony Hall
    Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 7 p.m.
    Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary Gala Performance when the Ballet brings back such celebrated works as Swan Lake pas de deux, excerpts from Nancy Gibson’s Savannah, Gilbert Reed’s The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a Robert Gardner contemporary ballet; looks to the future with a new work; and wraps up the evening with the Allen Fields’ rousing Rough Cut Swing with the North Shore Big Band playing live.

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  • Events We Have Enjoyed in 2014–15


    Black and White Ball

    Friday, September 26, 2014
    7 – 11 p.m.
    Historic Grain Exchange
    Board of Trade Bldg. 8th floor
    301 W. First St.

    In our best black or white duds, we danced to the music of Peter Provost and Combo or enjoyed watching the dancing, saw a floor show, made our best guesses in the life-size Heads or Tails competition to win the Wall of Wine, went for a prize wearing a fancy hat in the Parade of Hats, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres from The Pickwick and on fancy cupcakes from How Sweet It Is, and sipped wine or vodka cocktails from George’s Liquor, and saw Minnesota Ballet dancers perform “Hey, Big Spender,” choreographed by Reinhard von Rabenau.

    Lucky winning bids in the Live Auction carried off the likes of Dinner for Eight in Your Home by New Scenic Café, an Evening of Song by Tenor Marcus McConico and Soprano Rachel Inselman, a Swiss Army Watch ($750 value) from Security Jewelers, a Date for two lucky winners with Dancer Reinhard von Rabenau at Black Water Lounge (manicures & pedicures before at A Touch of Plasch), a Brunch Special with Bloody Mary basket and certificate for Zingerman’s special brunch items, two tickets to Cirque du Soleil in November, and a Spot in the 2015 Celebrity Dance Challenge.

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    Arthurs Lettering2ShadowTuxedos for this event provided by Arthur’s Formal Wear.



    Sugar Plum Fair

    Celebrating the Opening of The Nutcracker Holiday Season
    Sunday, November 2, 2014  • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Ballet’s Grain Exchange Studio • 301 W. First St., 8th floor

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    Winners in the 9th Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge

    February 5, 2015
    Fregeau Auditorium, Marshall School

    Thanks to all who made the all-star fundraiser such fun!

    People’s Choice & Judges’ Choice

    Beth Olson
    Executive Director, First Witness
    Jitterbug, with partner Reinhard von Rabenau
    Choreographed by Elyse Snider

    Dave Anderson – Most Dramatic
    Meteorologist, Northland’s NewsCenter
    Rhumba with partner Kelanie Murphy
    Choreographed by HeeJu Won

    Lisa Anderson – Most Sensual
    Paralegal, Marcovich, Cochrane, Milliken, Swanson & Kropid, LLP
    Tango with partner Jefferson Payne
    Choreographed by Cyrus Bridwell

    Clint Austin – Most Enthusiastic
    Photographer, Duluth News Tribune
    Charleston with partner Kathryn Manger
    Choreographed by Amber Burns

    Sue Bradford – Most Elegant
    Capital Improvement Manager, Housing & Redevelopment Authority Duluth
    Fox Trot with partner Branden Reiners
    Choreographed by Cyrus Bridwell

    Bob Gustafson – Best Partnering
    Public Relations Director, Grandma’s Marathon
    Freestyle with partner Emily Reed
    Choreographed by Nikolaus Wourms

    Laura Nechanicky – Best Stage Presence
    Clinical Treaatment Director, Birch Tree Center
    Lindy Hop with partner Cyrus Bridwell
    Choreographed by Cyrus Bridwell

    Julie Pierce – Most Entertaining
    Manager of Strategy & Planning, Minnesota Power
    Texas Two-Step with partner Michael Agudelo
    Choreographed by Robert Gardner

    Sue Ross – Most Romantic
    Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Maurices
    Waltz with partner Nikolaus Wourms
    Choreographed by Nikolaus Wourms

    Joel Vikre – Most Authentic
    Co-founder & Distiller, Vikre Distillery
    Dance Evolution with partner Suzie Baer
    Choreographed by Nikolaus Wourms

    Travis Willoughby – Best Use of Rhythm
    Manager, Flame Nightclub in Duluth
    Salsa with partner Alana Gergerich
    Choreographed by Kelanie Murphy

    Judges’ Award for Best Choreography

    Nikolaus Wourms
    Dance Evolution
    , performed by Joel Vikre & Suzie Baer

    Sponsored by:
    Waters of Superior
    With additional support from:
    Personal Best
    Fitger’s Brewhouse


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    Wine & Cheese

    April 30, 2015
    Depot Great Hall

    Wine lovers and micro-brewed-beer lovers had lots to sample. But that’s not all. We savored hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts from some of the Northland’s finest restaurants. We competed for the Wall of Wine prize in life-size Heads or Tails competition. We enjoyed a floorshow. In the silent and live auctions, we bid on great opportunities, one-of-a-kind gift baskets, and more, such as party for 24 on North Shore Scenic Railroad, three-course dinner with wine in your home by the Lake Avenue Restaurant chef, six occasion cakes by How Sweet It Is, two-night stay in Harbor Hill House in Bayfield, Twins’ tickets in a special section, spot in the Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge in February 2016.

    Hors d’Oeuvres & Mini Desserts by:
    Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant
    The Exchange
    Lake Avenue Restaurant
    New Scenic Café
    Vanilla Bean Restaurant
    Zeitgeist Arts Café

    Sponsor: Keyport Liquor