The Pre-Professional Trainee Program: What It Takes to Make a Dancer

MDT’s Pre-Professional Trainee Program was started in 2013 and offers talented young dancers the opportunity to grow their skills and potential for a career in dance. One of the key features of the program is that trainees work alongside the MDT company members in class, rehearsal, and performances. They are mentored by company dancers and […]

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CHOREOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT: ALANNA MORRIS-VAN TASSEL

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel is an award-winning solo artist who moves in the realms of dance performance, choreography, education, and community building. For her newest work, she’s in the role of choreographer and working with the MDT dancers to create The Gateless Gate, which will have its premiere as part of MDT’s Fall Season, presented October […]

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The MDT Company Dancers: Then & Now

As we prepare to launch our 2019-20 performance season in just a few weeks at The Lab Theater, we shine a light on the heart of Minnesota Dance Theatre: the dancers themselves. This year, we have nine company members, two apprentices, and six trainees. While all of these dancers have a strong technique in ballet […]

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MDT Faculty Spotlight: Raina Gilliland-Quammen

When we sat down to do the interview for this article, the first question for Raina was “What’s your name now?” You see, Raina, MDT ballet teacher and company rehearsal director, just got married last summer. Raina laughed and said, “I think it’s Gilliland-Quammen now…but most people think I’m Raina Houlton anyway.” And then we […]

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Zach Manske Creates Ballet-Contemporary Hybrid for MDT

Dancer and choreographer Zach Manske is just 20 years old, so you might think his professional career is just getting started. In fact, when he was just 13, he was already touring the country with Billy Elliot the Musical, playing the titular role. Now the real-life Billy Elliot comes to Minnesota Dance Theatre to set […]

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CAN Dance – Summer 2019

In July, we welcomed more than forty children from Minneapolis and Robbinsdale area public schools into our studios for our annual CAN Dance summer program.  This two-week program is offered free of cost for participating families and includes dance classes, lunch, and transportation to and from the MDT studios in downtown Minneapolis. Teachers were Derek […]

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Erin and Jeffrey Return to MDT&S

We’re delighted to share that two of the Twin Cities’ favorite ballet teachers are returning to teach at Minnesota Dance Theatre & School on a regular basis, each bringing their gift for teaching dance to our range of students, from the little ones in the Young Children’s Division to the advanced professionals in the Open […]

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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, […]

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