W. Earle Smith, Artistic Director by William Smith

W. Earle Smith has over 35 years of professional experience choreographing, teaching and performing. This is Mr. Smith's eighteenth season with the Madison Ballet as Artistic Director. As a dancer, D Magazine called Mr. Smith "meticulously chosen and prepared...who knows Balanchine." The Wisconsin State Journal hails his choreography as "imaginative and...rhythmically smooth and lively" with the Capital Times saying Artistic Director W. Earle Smith "more than delivered on every level."

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Gretchen Bourg, General Manager by William Smith

A native of Spooner, Wisconsin, Gretchen Bourg has spent her career in the dance world moving from dancer to teacher to administrative leader, serving as Madison Ballet’s General Manager since September 2011.  Ms. Bourg brings over 15 years of experience as a business manager, community leader, educator and performer to Madison Ballet.

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