The mission of Minnesota Dance Theatre is to present masterful and inspiring dance through performance and education.
It is because of you MDT has been able to bring nationally and internationally known choreographers to Minnesota audiences.
It is because of you MDT is able to produce new work on an impassioned resident company posed for expansion and fresh theatrical experiences.
It is because of you MDT will launch a 3-phase Outreach Program designed to inspire and challenge students to achieve their best, taking part in classes designed to nurture each child's potential for artistry and self-confidence, through training and mentoring, furthering their skills and talents and developing the confidence and discipline in pursing all life goals.
It is because of you MDT’s Golden 50th Anniversary of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy was a resounding success with exceptional performances by our company, guest artists, and beautiful aspiring students; witnessed by an international gathering of alumni and near capacity audiences.
It is with great confidence in our future that we ask you, our amazing supporters, to consider a financial gift to elevate and sustain a true Minnesota treasure.
Thank you and know your support is ever-valued.
These results help keep the Twin Cities art community thriving by adding to our shared cultural resources.
Help keep MDT a vital part of Minnesota’s cultural landscape. Share with us a vision for the next half century!
In 1962, Loyce Houlton, one of the first American women to gain international recognition as a choreographer, teacher and producer, founded Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT). In doing this she embarked on an artistic journey that would change the Twin Cities’ artistic landscape and have a lasting impact on the world of dance. Under her direction, MDT began drawing attention for the beauty, energy and daring aesthetics of her work. National recognition for its innovative performances helped established MDT as the flagship dance company in Minnesota.
In 1995, Lise Houlton was appointed artistic director, having recently retired from an acclaimed international performing career that included Stuttgart Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Performing Company & Dance School Partnership
Since its inception, MDT has insisted upon the partnership of a professional performing company and a dance school – that there would not be one without the other. Minnesota Dance Theatre & School is a place where professionals and students work together to share in the goals and accomplishments of this extraordinary art form.