A toast to the past as we pointe to the future.


This week marks 50 years since we raised the curtain on our first performance. Join us as we celebrate this milestone with a twist. We have curated a week’s worth of activities to honor our past and leap towards the future. Read more about our history.

Read the 50 Years Strong Letter from Alyson Chavez, Director of Community Engagement.

If you’re so moved, please consider a gift in our honor and help secure our future for another 50 years.

Visit our donation page to read a letter from Michael about how your support keeps us in motion

Birthday Week Schedule + Daily Activity Updates

Follow along on our social platforms to keep up with all the birthday fun! Don’t forget to tag us and use the #mkeballet and #MB50 hashtags.
Facebook – @MilwaukeeBallet
Instagram – @MilwaukeeBallet
Twitter – @MilwaukeeBallet

Monday, April 20th – Warm-up Workout with Daniela
We’re kicking off our birthday week of celebrations by MOVING!  Get on your feet for this class with one of the Company’s newest dancers, Daniela Maarraoui.

Tuesday, April 21st – Make a Birthday Card!
Get crafty and join in the #MKEBALLET birthday celebration by making a card! Paint, doodle, snip, trace or you can even make one on your computer! Then snap a photo and share with us on the Facebook post (here) or email to aprochnow@milwaukeeballet.org. We will share all submissions on the @MilwaukeeBallet social account and one winner will be selected to receive 4 free tickets to The Nutcracker.


Wednesday, April 22nd – Cupcake TUTU-orial
What better time to stay home and learn to bake?! Check out this “TUTU-orial” and learn to make beautiful golden tutu inspired cupcakes to celebrate our 50th Birthday!
(Special thanks to Chef Becky at The Secret Oven, LLC!)


Thursday, April 23rd – #ThrowbackThursday
50 years of growth, inspiration and community. Take a moment to share your own #MKEBALLET #throwbackthursday photo or memory with us! You can post in the comment section on Facebook, share on your instagram (make sure to tag us @MilwaukeeBallet so we can see) or join our 50th Anniversary Group and share!

Photo1: Milwaukee Ballet Company (early 1980s). Photo2: 1983-84 Milwaukee Ballet Program. Photo3: 1985 Milwaukee Ballet Production Booklet, Photo4: 1975-76 Company Photo after The Nutcracker.


Friday, April 24rd – #FlashbackFriday
Our birthday week celebration continues! Check out these programs from our past five decades – do you remember any of these performances? #FlashbackFriday
Don’t forget – tune in for the Facebook LIVE event with Michael Pink this afternoon to sing Happy Birthday (3:00pm CST). See you there!

Image1: 1970s program book. Image2: 1980s program book. Image3: 1986-87 Season brochure. Image4: 2005 Dracula Wisconsin Premiere program book. Image5: 2007 Premieres of Passionate Dance program book. Image6: 2012-13 Spring Series program book.


Saturday, April 25th – A Walk Down Memory Lane
Join us for this journey through the milestones and memories that set the stage for our success. Thank you for 50 incredible years! 

Sunday, April 28th – SPINNING with Milwaukee Ballet
Our 50-year anniversary is only possible because of the many people who passionately dedicate their time and talent to making Milwaukee Ballet the very special place it is today. A special thanks to Nicholla Raube for creative direction.

Thank you for joining us for this week of celebration! We’re looking forward to another 50 years!



Milwaukee Ballet 50th Birthday in the News

Photos: Milwaukee Ballet celebrates 50th birthday
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Ballet celebrates its 50th birthday April 24, 2020. Its first performance was in 1970. Visit milwaukeeballet.org to learn more about related birthday events and other virtual activities during the safer-at-home period.

Rep, Ballet, First Stage Making Masks
Urban Milwaukee
Each week, 10 Milwaukee Rep employees work in tandem with employees from First Stage and Milwaukee Ballet to produce between 700-800 masks that are then donated to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with an additional 100 masks being donated to Froedtert Hospital.

Milwaukee PBS
Just in time for our 50th anniversary this Friday, Milwaukee PBS is re-airing an episode featuring Michael and JaynePink on The Arts Page.
Here are the broadcast times:

Milwaukee PBS Channel 10

    • Thursday, April 23 at 7:30PM
    • Friday, April 24 at 2:00AM
    • Monday, April 27 at 4:00AM
    • Tuesday, April 28 at 5:00PM

Milwaukee PBS Channel 36:

    • Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30PM
    • Wednesday, April at 12:30AM
    • Sunday, May 3 at 5:00PM