About the Company

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


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


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.

She embarked on an artistic journey that changed the Twin Cities’ artistic landscape and had a lasting impact on the world of dance. National recognition for innovative performances established MDT as the flagship dance company in Minnesota.

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.