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2016/17 Season

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.


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 Lacee today at 651-757-6878.


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

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.


Ballet + Boxing from Maribeth Romslo on Vimeo.

4 ways: Be part of the excitement leading up to the Main Event! 

1. URBAN GROWLER BREWING COMPANY: Thursday, May 11, 5-8pm

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 Gym 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 Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Purchase your tickets early! $20 early bird price, $22 at the door.

TICKETS for Urban Growler Event may be purchased at the door after noon on Thursday, May 11th.

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.


2. INDIEGOGO KICKOFF: Thursday, May 11, 5pm

Join us online, help us match the Knight Arts Challenge and win great prizes! If you can’t make an event in person you can be part of the action by making this event come to life. A gift of $10 is just as important as the largest gift. Your individual support tells everyone that you believe in the community in which you live.

Prizes include:
• A meet and greet with a dancer and a boxer.
• Entry into a drawing to win a $600 hosted table at the June event for you and five friends.


3. COMO DOCKSIDE PERFORMANCE: Saturday, May 13, 7pm FREE in the Como Pavilion

Join us for a 45-minute performance including preview excerpts from The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. Como Dockside will donate $1 from select beers and wines to help us match the Knight Arts Challenge grant.

When: Saturday, May 13, 7:00pm
Where: Como Pavilion, St Paul, MN


4. OPEN, IN-STUDIO REHEARSAL: Sunday, June 11, 2-4pm FREE

Stop in to preview The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. performance with an up-close, ringside view of how it will all come together. This is the behind the scenes look at the collaboration in its “home” environment.

When: Sunday, June 11, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: 655 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104





Summer performances 2017

A series of free performances to celebrate the summer!

Como Dockside at the Lakeside Pavillion FREE!
Saturday May 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Lake Como
1360 Lexington Pkwy N.
St. Paul, MN 55103


Lakes Area Music Festival FREE!
Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
Tornstrom Auditorium
Washington Educational Services Building
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
Claude Debussy: Danses sacree et profrane
Andre Caplet: Divertissements
Francis PoulencSuite francaise
Darius Milhaud: La beouf sur le toit (The Bull on the Roof)

Andrew Altenbach, conductor
Emily Levin, harp
Joseph Peters, leader
Performance by the St. Paul Ballet

The Lakes Area Music Festival engages the nation’s best performers and audience for excellent classical music and inspiring education through accessibility and radical hospitality.

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