Milwaukee Ballet Celebrates National Dance Week

~ A week full of special events and promotions April 22 – May 1 ~

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MILWAUKEE – April 18, 2011
– Milwaukee Ballet proves that National Dance Week is a week worth dancing about. National Dance Week, April 22 – May 1, is an annual event that seeks to encourage the growth and development of dance in America by raising the public consciousness to the values, importance and contributions of dance to our daily lives and culture. Milwaukee Ballet recognizes how important this event is in the dance community and has developed exciting happenings throughout the week to bring the celebration to Milwaukee.

On Saturday, April 23, Milwaukee Ballet invites children and their families to attend Bring Your Doll to Bayshore Day from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Town Center Rotunda. This free family event includes a live ballet performance from the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II dancers, an engaging ballet lesson, a fun craft, a chance to win tickets to the show and an opportunity for children and their favorite dolls or action figures to take pictures with the dancers.

In addition, Milwaukee Ballet II will perform Billy’s Dancing Dairy Farm on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. This interactive show, performed by the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II dancers, focuses on the athleticism of ballet, and specifically the important role male dancers play in the art form. The Ballet’s “Ballet-in-a-Box” outreach program literally turns a school gym, library or community center into a theater, complete with special dance flooring, a sound system, costumes and of course, dancers. The program is an important part of Milwaukee Ballet’s mission to bring dance to the broader community. Tickets to the show are $6 per adult and $3 per child (16 and under) for museum members and for $10 per adult and $5 per child for non-members.

Finally, Milwaukee Ballet will bring National Dance Week to life on its Facebook page by running a special promotion, “Every Doll Has a Story,” which is based on their upcoming May production, Coppélia. Fans are invited to visit Milwaukee Ballet’s Facebook page throughout the week and share a story or memory about their favorite childhood doll or toy with an accompanying photo. The winner will be selected at the end of the week and will win an autographed Coppélia poster and four tickets to the show. For more information, visit Milwaukee Ballet’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeBallet).

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 16 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 over 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

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