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About Ballet Midwest

Founded in 1977, Topeka's Ballet Midwest presents two classical ballets annually. The company is joined by a host of local auxiliary dancers to present a full-length, festive Nutcracker Ballet each December. Ballet Midwest's spring repertory includes Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Midsummer Night's Dream, Firebird, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Billy the Kid.

Throughout its forty year history, Ballet Midwest has maintained the same artistic direction under Barbara Ebert.  In 2014, the company welcomed artistic co-director, Lacee Ebert. As a non-profit repertory dance company, Ballet Midwest is strictly professional in training, standards, and goals. Ballet Midwest is committed to providing first-class performance opportunities for area dancers, advanced training for the serious dance student, and a chance for each dancer to achieve self-confidence and growth according to his or her own capacity.

Company dancers are selected for technical ability and performing talent by open audition. The Junior Company was created to help develop junior high age dancers for the next level of dance performance. Total commitment of all dancers in the corps de ballet is an essential part of the professional dance discipline found at Ballet Midwest.

Ballet Midwest promotes on-going education with guest choreographers and the Artist-in-Residence program. Master classes in dance, nutrition, stage make-up and hair, and conditioning are offered to the community. Dancers are encouraged to attend summer ballet intensives across the nation. Scholarships are available to area dancers who show potential and financial need.

We hope you enjoy our 2016-17 season!