About Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Innovative. Visionary. Exceptional.
Twin Cities Ballet ("TCB")
is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit professional dance company that creates original full-length and shorter story ballets, a rare and nearly lost art, as well as more abstract contemporary ballet-based works. An emerging gem in the Twin Cities, TCB has carefully built a financially solid and growing organization that is making its mark both regionally and nationally through its creative and innovative artistic endeavors.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota is an innovative ballet company that creates high-quality, professional performances and meaningful educational opportunities for audiences and participants alike.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota Activities and Events:
Outreach: TCB educates and interacts with children with Outreach "Mobile Shows" in collaboration with local school districts and Arts Organizations.. These shows incorporate Art, Dance, Music and History into appropriate presentations for the public schools in this area, using both students and professional dancers. TCB also performs "mini" (one hour) versions of its major story ballets to families and young children at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, providing an accessible and affordable exposure to the art and depth of ballet.
A Minnesota Nutcracker Ballet: the beloved Holiday classic with a Minnesota twist! TCB performs its flagship full-length production of A Minnesota Nutcracker ballet to full houses each year, and has since its inagural performances in 2003. Consisting of a cast of approximately 120, TCB's A Minnesota Nutcracker is seen by over six thousand over a single weekend each year, and has become one of the most attended and cherished annual professional holiday events in the Twin Cities. Every year TCB also performs a special matinee performance of A Minnesota Nutcracker for senioers and Elementary & Special Education students in the area.
Original Productions: Each year TCB produces and performs its own original productions of full-length ballets done in the tradition of the great classical story ballets. Featuring original stories or story adaptations, new lighting, music, costumes and choreography, audiences experience fresh and exciting presentatons of familiar classic tales. These show include, Wizard of Oz--The Ballet, an all-new adaptation based on the classic books, Cinderella 1944: A Love Story, an original story inspired by the classic tale set in war torn England during WWII, 2014's Beauty & the Beast, which featured an original new musical score composed specifically for the production, Narnia: The Ballet, based on the classic book, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, and the unprecedented smash hit, Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet, with live music by Run LIke Hell and costume and set painting by renowned local Chicano artist Jimmy Longoria.
Twin Cities Summer Dance Festival: as part of TCB's community outreach and artistic collaboration goals it sponsors and produces a collaborative summer program, most recently with Ballet Royale Minnesota, Burnsville’s “Art and All That Jazz” Festival, St. Paul's Alesso's Dance Spectrum company, and other local groups. This annual collaboration features family-friendly shows that highlight the talent and versatility of well trained dancers, with a sampling of traditional, contemporary and Broadway style Jazz dance numbers. This program provides area students and professionals alike with the opportunity to perform and share the art of dance in a non-competitive environment. Free and Open to the public.
Student Dancer Recognition Scholarships: Unique in Minnesota, TCB has awarded over 20 scholarships/grants to eligible student dancers each year to atttend ballet-based summer intensive programs throughout the country. The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize excellence in the art of dance by persons in our community, to provide financial support and tangible encouragement to young dancers so that their development might continue, and to identify area dancers who are dedicated to making dance training, education, and performance a central part of their lives.
Where to find Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota:
TCB relies on the availability and generous donation of studio and office space by its sponsors. TCB's official school is Ballet Royale Minnesota, Minnesota's Premier Ballet Academy, and its home is at Ballet Royale's state o fthe art facility located on the border of Lakeville and Burnsville just off I-35, in the heart of the Minneapolis/St. Paul south metro area. Performances are regularly held at the professional theaters, Burnsville's Ames Center, the Lakeville Area Arts Center, and The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis.
Click on the "Ballet Royale Minnesota" tab above for directions to its studios.
History of TCB:
Twin Cities Ballet had its ancestral origin in the mid-1990's with a school show of The Nutcracker directed by Denise Vogt, which was developed and presented over several years. After the 2002 performances Lakeville City Ballet (TCB's former name and corporate parent) was created as a separate and independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to enable Ms. Vogt, TCB's Board of Directors, and hundreds of volunteers, students, parents and the community to move to the next level and continue performing and expanding the scope and quality of The Nutcracker. Lakeville City Ballet (as TCB was then known) independently produced and performed its Nutcracker ballet annually from 2003 through 2009, primarily at the 1000-seat Lakeville South High School Theater.
The Nutcracker's popularity, performance quality, and geographic breadth of its cast and audience continued to increase over the years. In addition, the classical ballet academy Ballet Royale Minnesota was founded and opened in 2009, providing spacious state of the art rehearsal facilities and the a steady influx of an ever-increasing level and quality of dancers to the production. Eventually, in 2010 TCB's Board of Directors determined that to more accurately embody the scope and quality of the organization, its productions and its vision, a new name was called for, reflecting the broader regional make-up of its cast, staff, collaborators and audiences, and a more professional performance venue was needed.
Therefore in 2010, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota was born, and became the official new name of the company. TCB moved to the premier professional theater of the south metro, Burnsville's Ames Center, became its resident dance company, and premiered its Nutcracker to packed houses. Later that year Denise's husband and former professional dancer Rick Vogt left his partnership with a prominent Minneapolis law firm to devote his time and energy to TCB and Ballet Royale Minnesota, and became TCB's Associate Artistic Director and co-choreographer.
In spring 2011 TCB created and performed its first all-new original full length production since The Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz-The Ballet, and in 2013 TCB hired its fist full-season core group of professional, salaried employee dancers, forming the foundation of ever bigger and better things to come. In 2015 it added a mainstage performance series at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis, where in 2018 it had an unprecedented sucess with the World Premiere of Pink Floyd's The Wall: A Rock Ballet. By the 2018-19 season TCB's company has grown to 14 dancers: eight professionals, four adult apprentices and two student Company Trainees.
The journey continues . . .
About Our Directors:
Twin Cities Ballet was founded and is directed by former professional ballet dancers Denise Vogt (Artistic Director) and Rick Vogt (Associate Artistic Director), who have decades of experience as dancers, choreographers, teachers, mentors and artists. For more details on their respective backgrounds, click on "Artistic Staff" above.
Twin Cities Ballet of MInnesota is the registered business name of Lakeville City Ballet, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization. TCB was incorporated in the state of Minnesota on July 29, 2003, and is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Supporters may deduct contributions to TCB as provided in section 170 of the Code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to TCB are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Code.
TCB’s Officers and Board of Directors:
Denise Vogt, Artistic Director and Board Member
Rick Vogt, Associate Artistic Director and Board Member
Tom Henry, President/Board Chair
Andrea Sjogren, Secretary and Board Member
Paul Rime, Treasurer and Board Member
Cheryl Morton, Board Member
Chris Doyle, Board Member
Maureen Haworth, Board Member
Cozy Whitman, Board Member
Craig Ingalls, Board Member