About the Company

“My hope is for our audience to have an experience that is provocative, transformational and celebratory.”
— Lise Houlton, Artistic Director of Minnesota Dance Theatre

Company Mission

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

Company History

Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) was founded in 1962 by Loyce Houlton, one of the first American women to gain international recognition as a choreographer, teacher and producer.

In doing this she embarked on an artistic journey that would change the Twin Cities’ artistic landscape and have a lasting impact on the world of dance. National recognition for its innovative performances helped established MDT as the flagship dance company in Minnesota. See our Fifty Years of History page for more information.

In 1995, Lise Houlton was appointed Artistic Director, having recently retired from an acclaimed international performing career that included Stuttgart Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.