Bloomington Ballet Theatre

Bloomington Ballet Theatre ​(formerly Youth Performance Ensemble) is a ballet-intensive program at Dance Endeavors under the direction of Lindsey Mornson & Juli Mickelson. Students take classical ballet technique to the next level by studying classical and contemporary styles of choreography. This ensemble is for our ballet dancers who want to dive a little deeper, study classical ballet, and perform both classical and contemporary ballet pieces. They prepare a work to perform at our annual SHOWCASE in February along with community performances.

The BBT program focuses on educating young people to strive for their personal best in anything they want to accomplish. We achieve our goals for the program by offering young people the chance to:

  • gain a sense of balance in life by managing their commitments to both dance and academics;
  • participate in a physical activity that enhances understanding of the value of a healthy body;
  • develop a sense of confidence when speaking or making a presentation in a public setting, which is also a great benefit in college or job interviews;
  • work with mentors who are focused on the students’ success inside and outside of the classroom;
  • enjoy friendships that could last a lifetime and a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers, and parents;
  • discover the results of hard work and determination; and develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts.

2019 Performances

In 2019 the Bloomington Ballet Theatre will present Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".  Past ballet company performances have included "Carnival of the Animals" by Camile Saint-Saëns, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and more!  

The 2019 SHOWCASE will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30pm at the Ives Auditorium, Masonic Heritage Center.  Watch the website for ticket information!


Auditions for BBT are held in the summer following a required summer intensive camp.  Placement auditions are open to all levels in grades 4-12. 

2018 Intensive Camp:

M, T, W, August 13-15, 6:00-9:00pm (gr 4-12) 
Cost: $90

Camp is all three days and includes placement auditions on Wednesday. ​


10820 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55437