The Experience

Witness the athleticism and artistry of our world-class dancers up-close at The Pabst. Our dancers are paired in new combinations, performing new choreography, providing an electrifying evening of entertainment. Vote for your favorite piece and help launch the career of a choreographer.

Susan Gartell & Timothy O’Donnell | Photo: Nathaniel Davauer

Milwaukee Ballet Company | Photo: Nathaniel Davauer

“Breathtaking dance, infused with the kind of enthusiasm you see when the dancers absolutely love what they are doing."

The Process

Milwaukee Ballet invites emerging choreographers from around the world to submit samples of their work to enter our competition. Artistic Director Michael Pink reviews each submission and chooses three finalists. These finalists have three weeks to create a new work which will premiere at The Pabst. They begin by selecting the names of our dancers at random. Once each choreographer has a cast of eight (four ladies and four gentlemen), their work begins.

The Choreographers

“Michael Pink…is too good at what he does to let any but the best rising choreographers take the Pabst Theater stage.” -Wisconsin Gazette

Enrico Morelli, Italy – Winner of the Silver Medal of the President of the Italian Republic and several competitions throughout Italy.

Mariana Oliveira, United States – Trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dance and founded The Union Project Dance Company in New York City.

George Williamson, United Kingdom – Commissioned by English National Ballet Company to create a world premiere, and choreographed a piece for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation festival at Buckingham Palace.

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Dance is a powerful tool. Our education and outreach programs inspire confidence, creativity, and health throughout the Greater Milwaukee community, reaching more than 30,000 people annually.

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Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy provides an encouraging environment where all ages are invited to find and refine their artistry.

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