Susan Gartell. Photo: Rick Brodzeller.

Performance Sponsorship

For more than 40 years, Milwaukee audiences have been captivated by the diverse repertoire of the Milwaukee Ballet. With 45 performances each year, many corporations, foundations, and individuals have been inspired to sponsor performances that enrich the cultural life of our community.

Performance Sponsorship has many privileges. By underwriting a series, the sponsor enjoys opportunities to become more engaged with ballet production, from experiencing rehearsals, behind the scenes tours, complimentary seating at performances, and the recognition in the community as a vested participant in the cultural vitality of Milwaukee.

To learn more about Performance Sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Angela Reilly
Development Director
Phone: 414-902-2129
E-mail: areilly [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org

Education and Outreach Sponsorship

Dream! Discover! Dance!
Milwaukee Ballet’s Department of Education works with more than 28,000 people of all ages every year through hands-on educational programming. Inspired by the productions, and with the help of Milwaukee Ballet II dancers and artistic staff, we strive to open doors to the arts and break common misconceptions about ballet. The Department of Education offers a comprehensive program that introduces ballet to audiences of all ages, including people who have never had the opportunity to see a ballet. Milwaukee Ballet’s outreach programming brings the beauty of ballet to life, and unlocks the creative energy of children and adults using the power of movement and dance.

The success of these initiatives is achieved in part by the partnership of Milwaukee Ballet with underwriters that allow us to extend our reach to as many participants as possible.

Milwaukee Ballet Workshop programs:

  • Student Matinee Series – students attend a Milwaukee Ballet dress rehearsal
  • Ballet-in-a-Box – transforms a school gym or community center into a theatre
  • Ballet-To-Go – a hands-on introduction to ballet
  • Ballet Storytime – brings ballet books to life with a real dance to help tell the stories
  • Athleticism & Dance – workshop that compares dancers and athletes
  • In the Studio – a field trip to Milwaukee Ballet studios
  • Behind the Seams – a close-up costume demo
  • ResiDANCE – partnership with a school to develop a customized program mixing parts of many of the workshops

Relevé
Since its inception in 1991, Relevé (formerly known as Identify for Dance) has served approximately 150-175 Milwaukee Public School students each year. This program differs from other outreach and education efforts in that it gives underprivileged children an opportunity to explore the art of dance in depth. Relevé is not a brief introduction to dance or ballet. It is not a demonstration that kids “just watch.” This program allows students to be part of a regular ballet training process, taught by professionals, for one or more days each week during the school year. In fact, each student’s participation in Relevé can extend to three full years, achieving new levels of experiences and confidence. As a completely donor-funded program, the children and schools are able to participate without any cost. Costs to the Milwaukee Ballet include staff, accompanists, transportation and appropriate attire for the children.

Special Event Sponsorship

Highlights of Special Event Sponsorship include recognition at the event, complimentary tickets and other specific benefits to the event, as well as other specific benefits around the event. It would also include recognition in our season program book.

The Ballet Ball

The Annual Ballet Ball is Milwaukee’s premier fundraising event featuring entertainment by Milwaukee Ballet’s own Company dancers. Highlights of Special Event Sponsorship include special recognition and logo placement at The Ball and all its marketing materials, a sponsor table at the event and recognition in the season program book.  We are always welcoming Individual and Corporate Sponsorship support.

The Nutcracker Tea

Held at the Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee Ballet invites the young and young-at-heart to revel in this ballet experience which includes a mini-performance of The Nutcracker, a ballet lesson, Be-A-Ballerina makeover styling, tea sandwiches and sweets, crafts, gift bag, photos with a ballerina, a raffle, and much more! 

Artist Series

This yearly series allows Milwaukee Ballet to give our patrons an inside look at Artistic Director Michael Pink's approaches to productions of the season.  Various artists are invited to share how they contribute their talents to the magic of bringing dance, story telling and theatrics to the stage. Usually held as a luncheon or cocktail reception during the week.

For more information about special event sponsorship and to discuss a comprehensive benefits package, please contact:

Molly Canan
Special Events and Promotions Coordinator
Phone: (414) 902-2114
E-mail: mcanan [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org

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