About Twin Cities Ballet
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.
To connect and enrich communities by making ballet approachable, relatable, and fun, through professional and original productions and educational outreach.
Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota Activities and Events:
Outreach: TCB educates and interacts with children with our Outreach Programs in collaboration with local school districts and Arts Organizations. These outreach programs 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 over 120, TCB’s A Minnesota Nutcracker is seen by over six thousand people in the course of 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 seniors 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 presentations 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, Coppélia Nouveau an adaptation based on the original story ballet “Coppélia,” 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. This year, Twin Cities Ballet is premiering it’s new original ballet The Ruby Slippers: A Wizard of Oz Ballet.
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