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2017-18 Season
Celebrating our 20th year of bringing ballet to the Twin Cities

This season in March, St. Paul Ballet celebrates our 5th anniversary at the The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and our 20th year of bringing ballet to the Twin Cities! In honor of this special season, St. Paul Ballet would like you, our audience, to choose the works you’d like to see the Company perform again on stage at The Cowles Center in March 2018.

Lakes Area Music Festival
Brainerd, Tornstrom Auditorium
August 9, 2017 at 7pm

The company travels to Brainerd for a performance with live orchestra as part of the Lakes Area Music Festival.

Doors open one hour prior to performance. Free of charge; general admission at the Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd.

The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet.
October 14, 2017

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

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 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.

Imagine a boxing ring and a stage on either side of a gymnasium with the audience in between. Created by the SPBs Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing Director Dalton Outlaw, The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet is a community event created from a common vision to build equity, inclusivity and community through the art of movement.

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.

Thank you to our Event Partners



Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker
The O’Shaughnessy
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet
January 28, 2018


The beauty of falling snow has inspired artists ranging from poet Robert Frost to painter Pieter Bruegel. But what about the aesthetic value in getting rid of the stuff?

Plowing, shoveling and blowing snow is a winter nuisance for those of us in the North.  We’re aiming to create a new perspective on that chilly chore with a joyful, fun and uniquely Minnesotan public art performance in partnership with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul Ballet.

Imagine a snow-covered space on the banks of the Mississippi River with a view of the downtown St. Paul skyline. A live orchestra begins to play ballet music, punctuated by the sound of engines being started.

The dancers move onto the venue, pushing snowblowers in precise formations, pivoting and wheeling, describing symmetrical patterns in the snow, the white powder being thrown into the air in coordinated arcs. Shovelers join in by pitching the snow in time with the music.


Audience Choice 5th Anniversary Program at the Cowles Center

This season St. Paul Ballet celebrates their 5th anniversary at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts and their 20th year of bringing ballet to the Twin Cities! In honor of this special season, St. Paul Ballet (SPB) has asked audiences to select the best of five seasons for a multifaceted anniversary celebration at The Cowles Center. From poignant to moving with a bit of charm and verve, SPB takes its cue from audience favorites in classical and contemporary ballet. Voting closed October 1st, 2017. Winning pieces for the Audience Choice will be announced in December.

The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts
March 9 & 10, 2018

Carmen – 1920s NYC
The O’Shaughnessy
TICKETS available in November
May 12 & 13, 2018

SPB will also reprise the one-act story ballet, Bella Luna by Peter Davison, an audience favorite.

“…Peter Davison’s charming and heartbreaking work Bella Luna, …hit all the right marks, weaving an enchanting tale with a sense of wonder.”
– Sheila Regan, Star Tribune

Each show will also have different Audience Choice works that will only be seen at that show, so plan your weekend to take in both performances!

March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
March 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

Carmen – 1920s NYC

Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation for making this possible

An original ballet by Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot with music arranged and composed by Richard Erickson. Join us at the O’Shaughnessy to complete the 2017/18 season in 1920s New York City. With new set design my Anne Henly, set designer of Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker and costumes by Maribeth Romslo watch the well-known story of Carmen come to life in a different era.


May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
May 13, 2017 at 2:00pm

See Past Seasons



Ballet Tuesday at the Landmark Center

October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 1, 2018

Toddler Tuesdays at the Mall of America

November 7, 2017
February 20, 2018

April 3, 2018

Thank you to our 2017/18 Season Sponsors