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A night to explore the form and function of the dancer and the athlete.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7pm

The High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W. in St. Paul

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 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.

The Performance

What started as two different organizations sharing a common space grew to become a group of people that shared 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 will use SPB company members and professional athletes from Element to create an experience that highlights the grace, dynamism and shared rituals ingrained in the art of ballet and the sport of boxing.

Created by the SPB’s Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing’s Director Dalton Outlaw, the night’s events will include a free, live broadcast outside the exhibition, a physical environment that highlights both the boxing ring and stage of a traditional ballet, as well as food and drinks for performance or main event. A glass of wine with your hot dog?

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.

Make sure to experience The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. Saturday, June 17th 7-10pm at The High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

$25 includes one complimentary non-alcoholic drink and one concession item.
$50 includes one complimentary cocktail or beverage, one concession item and row seating.

OR Host a table for 6 for $600! Ringside or front row to the stage to feel the action up close and personal, two complimentary cocktails or beverage and table service of hors d’oeuvres platter. To reserve a table call 612-203-9055.

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

St. Paul Ballet was first established in 2002 and 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, the organization strives to better reflect the beauty and diversity of its host city. St. Paul Ballet 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.

Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and foundations. Your involvement can:

  • Increase positive name recognition and brand awareness in our community and beyond.
  • Foster relationships with key current and emerging leaders in a community we all share.
  • Unite company leadership and employee teams behind a common purpose.
  • Demonstrate support for the ongoing collaboration between St. Paul Ballet and Element Boxing & Fitness.
  • Invest in an engaged community, interested in experiencing creative expression and improving health in a new way.
  • Allow you to be part of a truly one-of-a-kind community event.

Get a sneak peak and support the performance!

Beer, Ballet and Boxing May 11 at Urban Growler Brewing Company

A fundraiser for a Knight Arts Challenge Event matching funds!

Urban Growler Brewing Company will be hosting a fundraiser for St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym in preparation for our June 17th Knight Arts Challenge Performance. The SPB Company and Element Gyms Boxers will be performing excerpts from the upcoming performance. Bring a friend and help support us! Proceeds will go towards our match amount for the Knight Arts Challenge grant.

When: Thursday, May 11 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Urban Growler Brewery, 2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Tickets: Purchase your tickets early! $20 early bird price, $22 at the door.

Performances will occur at 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Only 70 people are able to attend each performance. Please select the performance you would like to attend by purchasing a 6:00pm ticket or a 7:00pm ticket.

More information about our June 17, 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Event and Performance coming soon!

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