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Ballet Midwest is a civic ballet company committed to providing quality classical ballet for Topeka and Northeast Kansas since 1977. Ballet Midwest is dedicated to preserving unparalleled access to some of the world’s most treasured ballets to our dancers and local community through performances, interactive outreach opportunities, and a standard of dance education which encourages excellence. Our goal is to preserve the beauty of this great art form for future generations, while nurturing character development in our dancers and instilling a lifelong love of the arts among our audience.Ballet Midwest is a civic ballet company committed to providing quality classical ballet for Topeka and Northeast Kansas since 1977. Ballet Midwest is dedicated to preserving unparalleled access to some of the world’s most treasured ballets to our dancers and local community through performances, interactive outreach opportunities, and a standard of dance education which encourages excellence. Our goal is to preserve the beauty of this great art form for future generations, while nurturing character development in our dancers and instilling a lifelong love of the arts among our audience.

The Ballet Midwest Company is open to dancers from any studio. Company dancers are chosen for technical ability and performing talent. To be eligible to audition, company dancers must be at least fourteen years of age and young women must have at least one year of experience dancing on pointe.

Each year, Ballet Midwest offers a season of two major productions including the annual Nutcracker Ballet.  The Company's repertory of full-length classical ballets includes:  Coppélia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Gardee, Billy the Kid and Firebird.

Ballet Midwest promotes ongoing education with guest choreographers and an Artist-in-Residence program.  Master classes in dance, make-up, nutrition, and dramatic skill are offered to the community.

Dancers are strongly encouraged to attend summer sessions of the country's foremost ballet company schools. Our dancers have attended summer intensives through Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Ballet Magnificat, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Denver Ballet, Feld Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Rock School of Dance, San Antonio Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet.

Lecture-Demonstrations

In addition to the Company's main performances for the general public, Ballet Midwest has presented over 850 lecture-demonstrations to church, school, and civic groups since the founding of the Company in the spring of 1977.  Ballet Midwest is also available for touring programs on a regional basis.

Interested groups should contact Lacee Sandgren, Artistic Director of Ballet Midwest at 785-272-5991 at least three weeks in advance for bookings. 

Company Auditions for 2022 will be held Sunday, January 16 at Barbara's Conservatory of Dance, home of Ballet Midwest. More information....

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