Milwaukee Ballet II Dancers and Graduates Perform this Friday

Six Graduates from Milwaukee Ballet's Second Company Receive Contract Offers

MILWAUKEE - May 26, 2009 - Six graduates and nine dancers from the 2008-09 Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program will perform Friday, May 29 at Noon at Milwaukee Ballet's studios (504 W. National Avenue) as the culmination of their work with Milwaukee Ballet for the season. A complimentary reception in will follow this afternoon performance of contemporary, classical, and inspirational works.

Six graduates from the program have received professional dance contract offers from several ballet companies, a testament to the quality program that Milwaukee Ballet II provides. The graduates are:

Lisa Barrieau • Offer from Minnesota Ballet
Ashleigh Doede • Offer from Ballet Quad Cities
Emily Long • Offer from Ballet Quad Cities
Claire Reibe • Offer from Ballet Memphis
Isaac Sharratt • Offer from Milwaukee Ballet
Tiffany Smith • Offer from Ballet Quad Cities

In the 2008-09 season, Milwaukee Ballet II dancers performed with the Company in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Milwaukee Ballet II also spent many weeks touring a production titled Maria and the Magnificent Dancing Doll Shoppe to various schools and community centers throughout the region.

Milwaukee Ballet II nurtures and develops dancers’ technical skills and artistry required for a professional career in dance, and plays a vital part of Milwaukee Ballet’s education and community outreach programs.

A $5 donation is suggested.
RSVP by May 27 to avivar [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org or call (414) 902-2120.
More details are here.


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 18 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 nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.