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Fall 2017 

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7pm

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

For scheduling reasons The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. has been moved to Saturday, October 14th. With so many competing summer activities we felt it was better to reschedule the event to offer audiences the best chance of seeing this unique performance. Our matching funder for this Knight Arts Challenge, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, wholeheartedly agrees. So don’t miss the chance for one night only!

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.

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.

Make sure to experience The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet. Saturday, October 14th 7-10pm at The High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

$50 includes one complimentary cocktail or beverage, self-service hors d’oeuvres and petit fours buffet and general admission row seating.
Limited number of $300 high-top tables reserved for four guests includes one complimentary cocktail or beverage and self-service hors d’oeuvres and petit fours buffet.

OR Host a table for 6 for $600! Ringside or front row to the stage to feel the action up close and personal, table service, two complimentary cocktails or beverages and hors d’oeuvres and petit fours. To reserve a table call Lacee at 651-757-6878.

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 foundation more information here>
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.

3 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. GENEROSITY BY INDIEGOGO online campaign to meet our match

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. IN-STUDIO OPEN REHEARSAL: Sunday, September 24th, 3pm FREE