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October 14, 2017
The Art of Boxing—
The Sport of Ballet
December 1-3, 2017
Clara’s Dream from
The Nutcracker
March 9-10, 2018
5th Anniversary Best
Just added! April 15, 2018
The Art of Boxing—
The Sport of Ballet
May 12-13, 2018

Cowles 2018Ordway 2018


Experience a beautiful and raw performance as
ballet dancers and boxers illuminate our common bonds with electric physicality.



Ballet + Boxing for Ordway from Maribeth Romslo on Vimeo.

The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet springs from the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym.
Their shared performance is an interactive experience that crackles with energy, blurring lines and illuminating the grace, athleticism and common rituals of ballet and boxing. The performance, fundein part bThe Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund, springs from the unusual partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym that is sure to challenge stereotypes as it bridges seemingly disparate cultures and demanding physical pursuits. The St. Paul Ballet’s Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing Director Dalton Outlaw choreographed the performance as aninteractive experience that highlights the common rituals of ballet and boxing. 
The partnership between St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym began organically as the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym shared common space with dancers and boxers, working and training side by side. The partnership evolved as the two groups learned more about their common goals to transform lives, build community and to provide access to high quality programs in an inclusive, diverse community. The organization’s leaders, both passionate about their craft, also see in the partnership a unique opportunity to bring cultures together. Together, the organizations serve more than 500 individuals every year and hope to reach many more.


In 2016, St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym were one of 27 organizations selected to receive the Knight Arts Challenge award, which funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts in four U.S. cities: Akron, Detroit, Miami and St. Paul. Their first major joint performance last October received enthusiastic support from a diverse audience with audience members calling their collaboration“transformative” and “life changing.” 



Post-show Mingle | Target Atrium at The Ordway

Immediately following the performance meet the artistic directors, Zoé Emilie Henrot and Dalton Outlaw along with the dancers and boxers after the performance for a Q&A and conversation.

Additionally, meet local independent filmmaker, Maribeth Romslo and students from the High School for the Recording Arts who filmed the Art of Boxing—The Sport of Ballet in October 2017 to gain real-world experience, build their resumes and create video shorts of their interpretations of the collaboration.
This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.





FREE Screening of the Performance of The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet at the James J Hill Center
Monday, February 26, 2018    6:30-9:00pm

The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet, a FREE screening of the October 14, 2017 performance at the beautiful James J Hill Center. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served at and the screening will begin at 7:00pm. You’ll see special documentary shorts created by students from the High School for Recording Arts under the direction of local film maker Maribeth Romslo as well as the full video of the performance from October 14th.

Stay after the screening for a Talk Back with the St. Paul Ballet Company Artists and Professional Boxers of Element Gym as well a chance to get discounted tickets to see the show in person on April 15 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.


James J Hill Center
80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Please enter enter the library up the staircase on the left side of the front of the building, closest to Market Street

Thank you to the James J Hill Center for supporting St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym in this event.

OShaughnessy 2018


Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation for making this possible

The professional company of St. Paul Ballet’s will complete the 2017/18 season in 1920s New York City. Carmen is an original ballet by Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot with music after Bizet’s original, arranged with new sections by local artist Richard Erickson. Inspired by Georges Bizet’s original score and the story of the opera, SPB’s Carmen will bring the characters and storyline into a different era. With new sets designed my Anne Henly, imaginative costumes by MaryBeth Gagner and a live five-piece jazz band on stage with the Company, see the electric energy of the 1920s spring to life in St. Paul Ballet’s Carmen.

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

Community School Show, Friday, May 11 at 10:30am.
Open to public, charter, and private schools, homeschool groups, assisted living homes and other community groups!

Contact Outreach Team Lead Michelle Ludwig for details


See Past Seasons


FREE OUTREACH PERFORMANCES:Ballet Tuesday at the Landmark CenterOctober 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 1, 2018Toddler Tuesdays at the Mall of AmericaNovember 7, 2017February 20, 2018April 3, 2018 Thank you to our 2017/18 Season Sponsors

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



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