Deepened Partnership with UWM Gives Ballet an Edge for Recruiting Top International Talent

Milwaukee Ballet dance students given access to UW-Milwaukee housing—

Milwaukee, Wis. – July 18, 2011 – Milwaukee Ballet today announced a new extension of its growing relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, making it easier to recruit and retain top international talent. UWM has agreed to help provide university residence housing for participants in Milwaukee Ballet’s Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program. In addition to critically needed living arrangements, the Ballet students will have convenient access to the University’s extensive resources while expanding their educational opportunities beyond dance. Each year Milwaukee Ballet selects up to 20 dancers from an international pool of applicants to participate in this prestigious pre-professional dance training program.

“We’re grateful to UWM for this deepened partnership and excited about the future of this important program,” said Dennis Buehler, Milwaukee Ballet’s executive director. “We compete on an international level with professional dance companies to recruit top talent from across this country and abroad. Being able to offer resources that allow our students to thrive and reach their fullest potential helps us continue to draw the best dancers and students from across the globe to Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee Ballet II is a pre-professional program that nurtures and develops dancers’ technical skills and artistry required for a professional career in dance. In addition to their training, Milwaukee Ballet II students are a vital part of the Ballet’s mission to reach out and educate the community about this inspiring art form.

“We’re very excited about our continued partnership with Milwaukee Ballet and the opportunity to help support and nurture their student dancers,” said Wade Hobgood, Dean of UWM Peck School of the Arts. “Hosting Milwaukee Ballet II students will allow them to take advantage of the great resources we offer at UWM and create a unique opportunity for our students to get to know peers who are training for a professional career.”

Milwaukee Ballet is already closely connected with UWM through The Harmony Initiative, working with the Peck School of the Arts to establish a shared facility dedicated to the education, training and performance of dancers. This new facility offers an even greater partnership opportunity with Milwaukee Ballet and provides Milwaukee a showcase for the very best dance available in this country. The group, which includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, continues to work with an advisory committee, city and county officials, and arts and business leaders to identify the ideal location for their transformative downtown collaborative studio space.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

About UW-Milwaukee
As Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee enjoys a growing national reputation for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement. On an operating budget of $680 million, it educates more than 30,000 students and is an engine of innovation for Southeastern Wisconsin. The 104-acre main campus and satellite sites are located in the economic and cultural heart of the state. The university’s recent expansion includes new academic and research facilities and the creation of the School of Freshwater Sciences and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.