This Season

Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all, to express with your whole self, the person you are.

These are the words of Melissa Hayden, one of our great American ballerinas, and internationally renowned teachers. She instilled this belief in all her dancers, and you can see that beauty in our company of artists. Their power of passion and poetry — the theme of this season — is a joy to behold.

Our Fall Performance, Carnival of the Animals and Other Dances, takes us to the intimate Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD, the perfect venue for this enchanting evening. The delightful Carnival features newly imagined creatures by Mary Plaster and the witty poetry of Ogden Nash. The exciting and atmospheric Alerongi, to Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1, will be played live by guest artists Alexander Sandor, Betsy Husby, and Penny Schwarze. And we present a world premiere with the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, choreographed by LilaAnn Coates White. Music, Dance and the Visual Arts bring something for everyone in this exciting show!

The Nutcracker livens up the holidays with magic and music with the Minnesota Ballet Orchestra and Arrowhead Youth Chorale. A true Northland family tradition!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in March will cast its spell with magical mischief, enchanting forest denizens, and hapless lovers caught up iin Shakespeare’s most danceable of comedic works. And for this production and the Fall Performance, our pre-curtain talks will give you insignts to deepen your dance experience.

Along with our fun-filled Celebrity Dance Challenge and Wines and Steins, we have exciting new events for you to enjoy and to help us continue as the state’s premiere ballet company, Duluth’s own Minnesota Ballet.

Thank you for making us a part of this community’s rich cultural fabric and for understanding that “to watch dance is to hear one’s heart speak” (Hopi saying).