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Thank you! 

We made our match of $52,255 with the Knight Foundation for our Knight Arts Challenge.


There are many, many people to thank.

Sponsorship donations of $1,000-5,000

Pohlad Family Foundation
Mall of America
Maribeth Romslo, LLC
Caroline Yang Photography
Element Gym
Robert & Barbara Weinstine

Contributors of $100-$999
Denis Henrot
Sean Devine
Altus Marketing & Business Development
Urban Growler Brewing Company
Altus Marketing & Business Development
BlackStack Brewery
Can Can Wonderland
Tiger Balm
The Village Company

Neighborhood Development Center
Lacee Outlaw
Jacob & Barbara Edholm
Chris Burrington

Selah Cross
Sarah Cross
Rosa Prigan
Molly Winker
Mia Wanna
Marleen Cross
Marilyn Gomez
Lora Vokaty
Laurelie MacKenzie
Andrea Lane
Adrienne Wuorinen
Xcel Energy volunteers

The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet., sprung from the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym and wass an evening of performance and boxing exhibition that explores the similar beauty behind the movement and preparation of the dancer and the athlete.

With the help of a $52,000 match from our friends at the Knight Arts Challenge we will transformed a gym into a performance space with a stage and a boxing ring, tables and row seating, lights and music.

The audience was awesome and the room was energized. Perceptions were changed and connections were made. Thank you everyone!

What is the Knight Arts Challenge?

A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching St. Paul through the arts. All of the winners answered the question, “What’s your best idea for the arts in St. Paul?” In October 2016, St. Paul Ballet was one of 27 organizations who won a matching grant of $52,000 to bring together the worlds of boxing and ballet with a performance for the entire community that features professionals from both disciplines.

Ballet & Boxing?

What started as two different organizations sharing a common space grew to become a group of people that share a common vision. The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet., put on by the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym, is a performance and an exhibition that explores the similar beauty behind the movement and preparation of the dancer and the athlete.

With the help from our friends at the Knight Arts Challenge, a national program committed to engaging and enriching communities through the arts, this performance included St. Paul Ballet company members and professional athletes from Element to create an experience that celebrates our shared rituals and commonalities ingrained in the art of ballet and the sport of boxing.

Whether you come for the boxing, the ballet or both, this event is a truly unique cultural experience that pushes the boundaries on what we do and do not perceive to be art and sport in the modern athletic culture.

Together we’re better

St. Paul Ballet and Element Boxing & Fitness became neighbors in 2014 when SPB expanded its programming into the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. For the past three years, both organizations have discovered shared values, including a deep sense of commitment to their community, a passion to increase access to underrepresented and marginalized populations, and a desire to promote physical and mental wellness. An incredible partnership has blossomed, and both organizations are excited to collaborate on this project.


Element Boxing & Fitness was founded in 2012 by Dalton Outlaw. Guided by strong values and a committed vision to building a diverse and strengthened community, Element is leading the way for social innovation and economic development. From the beginning, Element has embraced its Hamline-Midway neighbors and exists to promote active and healthy living, shared collaboration, hard work, and dedication. Element is a benefit corporation: a for profit business with a social mission.

St. Paul Ballet

Over the last five years the St. Paul Ballet Company has built a reputation for artistic excellence in dance performance, education and outreach for all levels or dance experience. A staple in the St. Paul community, St. Paul Ballet has been providing dance for 20 years. SPB strives to better reflect the beauty and diversity of its host city. St. Paul Ballet and is guided by the belief that beauty is much more than body type and nurtures its students and company members as people first, dancers second. SPB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.