About madison Ballet

The second largest dance organization in Wisconsin, and Madison’s resident ballet company, Madison Ballet brings world-class ballet to the greater Madison area, serving as the hub for the dance community in south-central Wisconsin.

Best known for its dazzling production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, Madison Ballet’s repertoire features the ballets of well-known choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, and Peter Anastos, alongside works by emerging artists.

The company’s performances offer something for audiences of all ages, from timeless stories like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the high-flying Peter Pan, to contemporary works by former artistic director W. Earle Smith such as Groovy and the original steampunk rock ballet Dracula.

Established in 2005, the School of Madison Ballet (SMB) provides professional ballet instruction for dancers of all ages, and is the official training institute for Madison Ballet. SMB takes students from their very first steps through a comprehensive curriculum of classical ballet and related studies. New in 2018, SMB introduced the city’s first Trainee Program, a rigorous course of study focused on preparing students for a career as a professional dancer.

Madison Ballet’s educational programs engage the young—and young at heart— with informative and interactive presentations. Madison Ballet: Offstage & Personal lecture demonstrations offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a ballet dancer, and Movement in Your World helps the city’s Head Start students connect music and movement with self-expression and positive self-image.

Madison Ballet is proud to lead the dance community in providing accessible and inclusive arts opportunities for all. Through generous community support, Madison Ballet’s scholarship fund provides $25,000 in tuition assistance annually to aspiring students, and nearly 1/3 of School of Madison Ballet students represent communities of color.