Why do you dance?

It takes power and elegance. It takes persistence and creativity. It takes months of effort to make it look effortless. Mastering our form is the way in which we discover both ourselves and our art. With grit comes grace. With determination comes achievement. And with performance comes confidence. What steps will you take?

Choose from our many program options.

Drop-In Division

Drop-in classes for teens (16+) through adults provide comaraderie and fitness though classical ballet. For those new to ballet or with previous experience.

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Children's Division

Ages 3-6 Students begin to assimilate to studio environment. An appreciation and enjoyment of movement is nurtured. Rhythms and basic music counting as well as body and spatial awareness are important components of the Children’s Division. Students in Pre-Ballet I, II or III participate in the annual Student Showcase.

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Student Division

Ages 7-14+. Classical ballet begins in the Student Division. Pointe, character dance and jazz are introduced in the Intermediate levels. Students participate in the Student Showcase and audition for select Company productions, such as The Nutcracker.

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Youth Division

Ages 9+. Older beginners and those with other priority activities enjoy ballet on a less rigorous schedule. Also excellent for skaters, gymnasts, actors and others to refine movement skills in ballet classes. Performance opportunities in the Baumgartner Center for Dance Performance Studio may be available.

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Academy Division

Ages 12+. The emphasis becomes one of artistic value. Students are challenged 4-6 days weekly with added classes in variations, men's work and partnering. Students perform in an annual holiday show, Student Showcase and are eligible to audition for select Milwaukee Ballet Company productions.

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Pre-Professional Training Program

An audition-only program intended for recent high school grads and high school students with alternative academic study options, the Pre-Professional Training Program offers daily intensive training to prepare young dancers for a career in professional dance.

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Community Engagement

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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Faculty & Staff

Our instructors and musicians are experienced, engaging and ready to inspire.

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Ballet Without Boundaries

Regardless of your background, age or physical capacity, ballet can stimulate and empower you.

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Milwaukee Ballet II

The next generation of dancers. These dancers have dedicated a year of their lives to ballet, training, and performances.

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