Relevé: To Rise

Relevé (pronounced rel-uh-VEY) is a ballet term that means “to rise” in French.

The Milwaukee Ballet Relevé program is one of our cornerstone Community Engagement programs, providing ballet training to 280 students from three Milwaukee Public Schools. These students, in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, participate in a three-year ballet training program with weekly classes at Baumgartner Center for Dance. In addition to their ballet classes, the young dancers watch our Company dancers in class and rehearsal, giving them the chance to see what a professional dancer’s day is like. Each student receives their own pair of ballet shoes and students in 4th and 5th grades are loaned ballet dancewear. Additional enrichment activities round out the program, such as free tickets to our Student Matinee Series, as well as a Ballet-in-a-Box performance featuring the Milwaukee Ballet II dancers and end-of-year recital at their schools.

Dedicated, focused and talented students are invited to attend the Relevé Summer Program or Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy’s summer maintenance program. Once they graduate from 5th grade, they have the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy for as long as they would like to dance.

Participating schools in the 2020-21 season are ALBA Elementary School, Allen-Field Elementary School, and Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts.

2021 Summer Program

Milwaukee students are invited to attend up to four weeks of free summer ballet classes with our Relevé 2021 Summer Program!

¡Los estudiantes de Milwaukee están invitados a asistir hasta cuatro semanas de clases gratuitas de ballet este verano con nuestro Programa de Verano Relevé 2021!

  • About the Program | Acerca del Programa

    Students will spend a week rising up as dancers, learning ballet technique, building
    self-confidence, and making new friends!

    Each program is Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:30 PM at Milwaukee Ballet’s Baumgartner Center for Dance; 128 N. Jackson Street in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

    Students may register for as many weeks as they would like. These sessions are open to all students in the city of Milwaukee.

    ¡Los estudiantes pasarán una semana viviendo como bailarines, aprendiendo técnica de ballet, desarrollando confianza en sí mismos, y haciendo nuevos amigos!

    Cada programa es de Lunes-Viernes, 5:00-7:30 PM a Baumgartner Center for Dance; 128 N. Jackson Street

    Los niños pueden registrarse tantas semanas como deseen. Estas sesiones están abiertas a todos los estudiantes de la ciudad de Milwaukee.

  • Transportation | Transporte

    We have two options for families:

    1. Bus transportation is available from Parkside, ALBA, and Allen-Field Elementary Schools. Parents/Guardians are responsible for pick-up at 7:30 PM from Milwaukee Ballet’s Baumgartner Center. Bus times for each school are:
      • Parkside at 4:15 PM
      • ALBA at 4:30 PM
      • Allen-Field at 4:45 PM
    2. Students may be dropped off directly at Milwaukee Ballet by 5:00 PM and picked up at 7:30 PM.

    Tenemos dos opciones para familias:

    1. El transporte en autobús está disponible en las escuelas primarias Parkside,
      ALBA, y Allen-Field. Los padres / tutores son responsables de recogerlos en
      Baumgartner Center de Milwaukee Ballet a las 7:30 PM. Los horarios de los autobuses para cada escuela son:

      • Parkside a las 4:15 PM
      • ALBA a las 4:30 PM
      • Allen-Field a las 4:45 PM
    2. Se puede dejar a los estudiantes directamente en el Milwaukee Ballet antes
      de las 5:00 PM y recoger a los estudiantes.
  • Session Information | INFORMACIÓN DE LA SESIÓN

    • Session One | June 14-18
      The Nutcracker
      Clown around as your favorite Jack and explore the world of the Sugar Plum fairy.
    • Session Two | June 21-25
      Avatar: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water Bending
      Learn which ballet movements are most like each element and dance like a real avatar.
    • Session Three | August 2-6
      Fairytale Adventure
      Dance along with some of the best fairytale heroes and villians.
    • Session Four | August 9-13
      Get ready for action-packed adventure through dance and enhance your best superhero abilities.

    • Sesión Uno | Junio 14-18
      El Cascanueces
      Baila como tu payaso favorito Jack y explora el mundo del hada Sugar Plum.
    • Sesión Dos | Junio 21-25
      Avatar: Flexión de Tierra, Aire, Fuego y Agua
      Aprende qué movimientos de ballet se parecen más a cada elemento y averigua si eres un bailarín o bailarina avatar.
    • Sesión Tres | Agosto 2-6
      Aventura de Cuento de Hadas
      Baila junto con algunos de los famosos héroes y villanos de cuentos de hadas.
    • Sesión Cuatro | Agosto 9-13
      Prepárate para una aventura llena de acción a través del baile y mejora tus mejores habilidades de superhéroe.

    Contact Samantha Martinson at or 414.902.2120.

    Comuníquese con Samantha Martinson al o 414.902.2120.



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