Attraction Spotlight: Minnesota Ballet

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 12:21pm.

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The Minnesota Ballet was started back in 1965 in Duluth. At the time it was started ballet had become a very popular thing within the area with a few dance recitals and other performances throughout the area. It was originally started with a budget of only $1,000 and has grown many times over since.

By the early 1980s, the ballet had hired a full-time artistic director and had seven professional dancers with a budget of $175,000 per year. However, from 1982 to 1983, the ballet struggled, but was revived in 1983 with the hiring of Gernot Petzold and six professional dancers. The community has continued to sustain the ballet and it will celebrate the 50th anniversary during the 2015 - 2016 season.

The School

Along with plenty of regular performances, the Minnesota Ballet offers a school for different ages. Classes are offered in the Teen/Adult division, along with summer programs and a program for children with challenges. Regular classes start in the fall and run through the beginning of the summer. The summer program starts in June and runs through the end of July.


Many of the performances for this season have already happened, but there is still one performance lefts, which is:

  • Sleeping Beauty - March 27th and 28th - This performance will be held at 7pm both nights at the DECC Symphony Hall

Two other performances were put on by the Ballet this year. Next season will celebrate the 50th anniversary and promises to be very special.

Season Tickets

Before next season starts, getting your season tickets is a great way to ensure you get to enjoy all of the shows. You will save up to 30% off the single ticket price and you will get a ticket for one show time of each Ballet.

Find out more about the season tickets and the Minnesota Ballet at,

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