Northrop to Welcome Ballet West This October

Minneapolis, MN -- Kicking off its 2015//16 Dance Season, Northrop at the University of Minnesota presents Ballet West on Sat, Oct 3 at 8:00 pm. The company that starred in the reality television show "Breaking Pointe" will present a sparkling repertoire accompanied by a full, live orchestra comprised of local musicians.

For over 50 years, Ballet West has been representing the very best in American classical ballet. While traditionally specializing in classical repertoires from the 19th century, the company has expanded to include works ranging from Ballet Russe to Fredrick Ashton to Twyla Tharp. Even the Deseret News says Ballet West's "execution of artistry is some of the best in the world."

In its Northrop debut, this dynamic troupe presents an unforgettable evening celebrating the style and grace of American music. The repertoire includes works from two of the most lauded choreographers of our time. Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free (the basis of the Broadway musical On The Town) follows the story of three sailors on shore leave as they take Manhattan by storm and is accompanied by a toe-tapping score by Leonard Bernstein.

Set to a medley of George Gershwin's greatest hits including "I've Got Rhythm," "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Embraceable You," George Balanchine's jazzy and romantic Who Cares? also evokes the joy and magic of Broadway.

Artistic Director Adam Sklute leads the company, which is comprised of over 40 dancers. Sklute is a former dancer, Ballet Master, and Associate Director of the Joffrey Ballet, and joined Ballet West in 2007.

Principal artists include Emily Adams, Katherine Lawrence, Christopher Ruud, Beckanne Sisk, Rex Tilton, and Arolyn Williams.

A sneak peek video of the evening's program is available on here.


Northrop Presents

Ballet West
Sat, Oct 3, 8:00 pm
Carlson Family Stage

Fancy Free
Who Cares?
with live orchestra

Single tickets: $64, $54, $44.

Season packages: Offer deeper discounts, best seats, and subscriber perks. More information and ordering is available here or by calling 612-624-2345.

Group sales: Groups of 10+ save 15% off original ticket prices or 25% off for schools and educational groups. To purchase group sales tickets, email or call Bridget Reddan at 612-625-1578.

Discounted Rush Tickets
$10 for U of M Students
$20 for U of M Staff/Faculty
$20 General Student/Educators

Rush tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in-person at the Northrop box offices beginning at 10:00 am the morning of the performance. Receive two discounted tickets per qualifying person with appropriate I.D. Rush tickets are based on availability.

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Director Christine Tschida offers an inside look at putting together the Northrop Dance Season.

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Ballet West Performance Preview
Thu, Dec 4, 6:45-7:30 pm
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Gain insight into the performance at an in-depth conversation with members of the company's artistic team.

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