"Home of the Nutcracker Ballet, South of the River"

About Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota

Twin Cities Ballet ("TCB") is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit semi-professional dance company that augments its core group of Professional Dancers and Apprentices with dancers from local, national and international professional dance companies, area dance schools, and community residents.

Mission Statement:

Twin Cities Ballet strives to introduce, promote and support the artistry, discipline and athleticism of ballet and other dance forms through high-quality professional performances, community outreach and educational initiatives, scholarship awards, and collaborative artistic events.

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota Activities and Events:

Outreach: TCB educates and interacts with children with Outreach "Mobile Shows" in the elementary school system. These shows incorporate Art, Dance, Music and History into appropriate presentations for the public schools in this area, using both students and professional dancers.

Nutcracker Ballet: TCB performs its flagship traditional, full-length production of Denise Vogt's The Nutcracker ballet to full houses each year, and has since its inagural performances in 2003. Consisting of a cast of approximately 120, TCB's The Nutcracker is seen by thousands each year, and has become one of the most attended and cherished annual holiday events in the Twin Cities. Every year TCB performs a special matinee performance of The Nutcracker for senioers and Elementary & Special Education students in the area.

Original Productions: Each year TCB produces and performs its own original productions of full-length ballets done in the tradition of the great classical story ballets. Featuring original stories or story adaptations, new lighting, music, costumes and choreography, audiences experience fresh and exciting presentatons of familiar classic tales. These show include, Wizard of Oz-The Ballet, an all-new adaptation based on the classic books, Cinderella 1944: A Love Story, an original story inspired by the classic tale set in war torn England during WWII, and the upcoming Beauty & the Beast, which will feature an original new musical score composed specifically for this production.

Twin Cities Summer Dance Festival: as part of TCB's community outreach and artistic collaboration goals it sponsors and produces a collaborative summer program, most recently with Ballet Royale Minnesota, Burnsville’s “Art and All That Jazz” Festival, St. Paul's Alesso's Dance Spectrum company, and other local groups. This annual collaboration features family-friendly shows that highlight the talent and versatility of well trained dancers, with a sampling of traditional, contemporary and Broadway style Jazz dance numbers. This program provides area students and professionals alike with the opportunity to perform and share the art of dance in a non-competitive environment. Free and Open to the public.

Student Dancer Recognition Scholarships: Unique in Minnesota, TCB awards scholarships/grants to eligible student dancers each year to atttend ballet-based summer intensive programs. The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize excellence in the art of dance by persons in our community, to provide financial support and tangible encouragement to young dancers so that their development might continue, and to identify area dancers who are dedicated to making dance training, education, and performance a central part of their lives.

Where to find Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota:

TCB relies on the availability and generous donation of studio and office space by its sponsors. TCB's official school is Ballet Royale Minnesota, and it's home is at Ballet Royale's premier facility located on the border of Lakeville and Burnsville just off I-35, in the heart of the Minneapolis/St. Paul south metro area. Performances are held at the state-of-the-art professional theater at Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

Click on the "Ballet Royale Minnesota" tab above for directions to its studios.

History of TCB:

Twin Cities Ballet had its ancestral origin in the mid-1990's with a school show of The Nutcracker directed by Denise Vogt, which was developed and presented over several years. After the 2002 performances Lakeville City Ballet (TCB's former name and corporate parent) was created as a separate and independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to enable Ms. Vogt, TCB's Board of Directors, and hundreds of volunteers, students, parents and the community to move to the next level and continue performing and expanding the scope and quality of The Nutcracker. Lakeville City Ballet (as TCB was then known) independently produced and performed its Nutcracker ballet annually from 2003 through 2009, primarily at the 1000-seat Lakeville South High School Theater.

The Nutcracker's popularity, performance quality, and geographic breadth of its cast and audience continued to increase over the years. In addition, Ballet Royale Minnesota academy of dance was founded and opened in 2009, beginning a steady influx of an ever-increasing level and quality of dancers to the production.  Eventually, in 2010 TCB's Board of Directors determined that to more accurately embody the scope and quality of the organization, its productions and its vision , a new name was called for, reflecting the broader regional make-up of its cast, staff, collaborators and audiences, and a more professional performance venue was needed. Therefore in 2010, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota became the official new name of the company, and the performance venue was moved to the premier professional theater of the south metro, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC): TCB also became the resident dance company of BPAC.  In spring 2011 TCB created and performed its first all-new original full length production since The Nutcracker, the orginal full-length production of Wizard of Oz-The Ballet, and in 2013 TCB hired its fist full-season core group of professional, salaried dancers, forming the foundation of ever bigger and better things to come.  The journey continues . . .


About Our Directors:

Denise Vogt, Artistic Director

Denise Vogt, Twin Cities Ballet's Artistic Director, trained in her native England under principal dancers from the English Royal Ballet and Ballet Rambert. She also studied theater, drama, and dance for three years at The London Studio Center, and was a finalist for the Tom Merryfield Award in London . Denise holds Associate Teaching Certificates from the Royal Academy of Dance in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Ballet.

Denise began her professional dance career at the age of 19, when she left England and joined the Kiel Capitol City Theater Ballet in Germany . She spent the next seven years in Germany , where she also danced with the Osnabrück Contemporary Dance Theater and the State Theater Kassel Ballet. Denise danced in a wide range of ballets and contemporary pieces, including solo roles in such varied works as Peer Gynt, Swan Lake, Fancy Free, Nutcracker, Giselle, and as the young Isadora Duncan in Life of Isadora. She also performed in the stage musicals West Side Story, The Man from La Mancha, and Chicago.

Denise has taught master classes in England, Germany and Los Angeles. Since moving to the USA in 1989, Denise has taught at many Twin Cities schools, including the University of Minnesota, the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota in St. Paul, and the St. Paul Public School System. She was on the faculty at Ballet Arts Minnesota (now the Dance Institute) for twelve years, taught company class for Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis, and developed and directed a ballet  program at DanceWorks in Lakeville for 14 years. Denise is currently the Co-Director with her husband Rick of Ballet Royale Minnesota, the first and only dedicated classical ballet school in the Twin Cities south of the Minnesota River, and the official school of Twin Cities Ballet.

In addition to dancing and teaching, Denise has over three decades or choreographic experience; she has choreographed over 60 pieces for both professional companies and schools, in England, Germany, and the USA. Denise has been the Artistic Director and primary choreographer of Twin Cities Ballet since its inception in 2003. Denise is also a winner of the Dakota County Tribune's "2011 Exceptional Businesswomen Award."

Rick Vogt, Associate Artistic Director

Rick Vogt, TCB's Associate Artistic Director was born in St. Paul, where he first trained and danced with Jo Savino's original Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota / St. Paul City Ballet.  He studied on scholarship with San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and David Howard's in New York, and the University of Utah Ballet Majors Program. 

Professionally, Rick was a Soloist and Principal dancer in Germany with the Kiel Capitol Theater Ballet and the State Theater Kassel, in the U.S. with Nevada Dance Theater and Utah Ballet, and locally as a guest artist with Ballet Minnesota in St. Paul and Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota.  He has danced principal and solo roles in classics such as Coppelia, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and a myriad of roles in the Nutcracker, and other jazz, rock and contemporary works. He has also danced with Ballet West, The Washington Ballet in D.C., Arizona Dance Theater, and Jazzin' Dance Co., performing works by Choo San Goh, George Balanchine, Jean-Paul Comelin, and Arthur Mitchell.  Rick has danced in the stage musicals West Side Story and Chicago, and in the movie Footloose. 

For over 20 years Rick has choreographed and taught Ballet, Pas de Deux, Boys Dance & Ballet, and Jazz classes throughout the Twin Cities, including at the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota in St. Paul, DanceWorks in Lakeville, DeLange Dancers Studios in St. Paul and Ballet Arts Minnesota (now The Dance Institute) in Minneapolis.  Rick is the Associate Artistic Director and contributing choreographer of Twin Cities Ballet, and Co-Directer with his wife Denise of Ballet Royale Minnesota, Twin Cities Ballet's official school and residence.  Rick also has a B.A. in Philosophy and a Law degree from the University of Minnesota.


Corporate Information

Twin Cities Ballet of MInnesota is the registered business name of Lakeville City Ballet, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization. TCB was incorporated in the state of Minnesota on July 29, 2003, and is a tax-exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Supporters may deduct contributions to TCB as provided in section 170 of the Code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to TCB are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Code.

TCB’s Officers and Board of Directors:

Denise Vogt, President, Artistic Director, and Board Member

Rick Vogt, Associate Artistic Director and Board Member

Andrea Sjogren, Secretary and Board Member

Jackie Fritz, Treasurer and Board Member

Cheryl Morton, Board Member

Kathy Maguire, Board Member

Chris Doyle, Board Member

Maureen Haworth, Board Member

Tom Henry, Board Member

Mike Maguire, Board Member 






" Home of the Nutcracker Ballet, South of the River "

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota is a 501c(3) non profit charity