With a history spanning over half a century, Minnesota Dance Theatre is an acclaimed arts leader in our state, our region, and in the nation.

Our Mission: Dance That Dares

The mission of Minnesota Dance Theatre  is to present masterful and inspiring dance through performance and education.

MDT remains one of Minnesota’s cultural treasures with an eclectic international voice.

“Being aware of our changing environment without losing the richness of the past we can incorporate and integrate into our program the worthwhile moments of movement that can change the visible world of dance … the art we serve and love.” – Loyce Houlton, Founder

Performing Company & Dance School

Since its inception, MDT has sustained a vital partnership of a professional performing company and a dance school.

The MDT faculty is dedicated to providing the guidance and experience that shape the student, not only to become professional performing artists, but also to develop the confidence and discipline that benefit all aspects of life.

Celebrating the Next 50 Years

Loyce Houlton, one of the first American women to gain international recognition as a choreographer, teacher, and producer, founded Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) in 1962. Under her direction, MDT has had a lasting impact on the  Twin Cities’ artistic landscape, with a repertoire known for its beauty, energy, and daring. In 1995, Lise Houlton was appointed Artistic Director, after retiring from an acclaimed international performing career that included Stuttgart Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

See our 50 Years of History page for more information.

Our Board of Directors

Erin Gerrits, Keith Halleland, Dr. Andrew Houlton, Lise Houlton, Pierce McNally, Russell Pruitt, Elizabeth Simonson

Our Advisory Board

Anne Bachem, Stephanie Derauf, Georgia Finnegan-Saulitis, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Edward Holmberg, Thomas Klas, Brian Lukasavitz, Robyne Robinson, Linda VanderVliet