Launching the 57th Season

Minnesota Dance Theatre launches the 57th performance season with a spectrum of dance, ranging from cutting-edge contemporary to transcendent classical.

2019-20 Season Production

  • The Fall Season, an evening of mixed repertory, at The Lab Theater (October 11-20, 2019)
  • The 55th season of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy at the State Theatre with live orchestra (December 13–23, 2019)
  • Carmina Burana at The Cowles Center with the Minnesota Chorale (January 17–19, 2020)
  • The Enchantment, a neoclassical story ballet, at The Cowles Center (April 3-5, 2020) 
  • The Playhouse, a celebration of the choreographic works of MDT Founder Loyce Houlton, in MDT Studio 6A at The Cowles Center (May 1-10, 2020)

2019-20 Company

Back in the studio! 2019-20 MDT Company members: Carlie Clemmerson, Sam Feipel, Elissa Fonseca, Adrián Pastén, Zion Rivera, Vanessa Spiteri, Solana Temple, Zachary Tuazon, and apprentices Katelyn Boche and Kaitlyn Deyo. Company trainees: Amelia Bednar, Lillian Gausmann, Maia Nguyen, Emily Pitts, Gates Northrup, Gabrielle Williams, and Isabelle Williams.

Season Highlights

Emerging choreographers Zach Manske and Alanna Morris Van-Tassel have been commissioned to create new works to be featured in the Fall Season performances at The Lab Theater in October.

Playhouse performances in May will feature a celebration of the works of MDT Founder Loyce Houlton, commemorating 25 years since her passing.

Sustaining the Legacy

The 2019-20 Season also marks the 25th year of Lise Houlton’s tenure as Artistic Director. Daughter of Loyce, Lise trained at the MDT school and later went on to have an acclaimed performing career with the Stuttgart Ballet, New Amsterdam Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Lise’s daughters Raina Quammen and Kaitlyn Gilliland remain active with the company, with Raina as rehearsal director for Loyce Houlton repertory and Performing Arts Division Coordinator, and Kaitlyn as CAN Dance Program Director. 

Nurturing Dancers of Tomorrow

The Performing Arts Division of the MDT school thrives as a classically-based training ground for dancers aspiring to a professional career, providing numerous performance opportunities as well as mentorship from company members. Recent graduates are dancing with the MDT company as well as with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Austin. Registration is now open for the 2019-20 school year.

Widening the Circle

CAN Dance, the MDT outreach program, enters its fifth year and reaches economically disadvantaged youth with empowering experiences in dance. Through CAN Dance, MDT annually brings as many as 1,800 children to see a matinee performance of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, including free admission and transportation. Later in the year, MDT provides in-school workshops, a tuition-free summer dance program, and scholarship opportunities in the MDT school.

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