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H i s t o r y

Ballet Mink is a choreographic balance between the conceptual and classical dance. Choreographer, teacher and dancer, Margot Mink Colbert, founded the company in 1970 in New York City.

The company’s repertoire features theatrical, site specific and video dance works, which have been performed in proscenium theatres, public parks, on public television, city streets, in lakes, and even in maximum-security prisons. The company has performed around the world including Denmark, Russia, France, Guatemala, and Scotland  as well as throughout the United States.

During it’s time in New York City, Ballet Mink performed at various theaters including the Medicine Show Theatre, Ninety Second Street Y, Merce Cunningham Studio, Riverside Church, Barnard's Minor Latham Theatre, Hunter College Playhouse and Theater for the New City. After it’s life in New York, the company moved to Wisconsin where it established a residence performance at the Madison Civic Center’s 2400 seat Oscar Mayer Theatre. While international performances are still a regular occurrence with Ballet Mink, it is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada where ongoing performances continue at the Judy Bayley Theatre, the Black Box Theatre, Flamingo and Charleston Heights Library Theatres Congregation Ner Tamid, as well as on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, where Colbert is Professor Emeritus in the University Dance Department.

Work by Ballet Mink has been supported by the Nevada Arts Council, Cirque du Soleil Community Support Grants, the City of Las Vegas, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Kathrine Dalglish Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board, the Madison Festival of the Lakes, Madison Civic Center, the Madison City Arts Grant program, the University of Wisconsin, the French Institute of Copenhagen, and Teaterkalendaren in Denmark. 

Margot Mink Colbert is a dance graduate of the Juilliard School and is currently Assistant Chairperson, Professor and Director of Ballet in the UNLV Dance Department where she choreographs and teaches ballet technique and choreography.

The members within the Ballet Mink performances are professional dancers who support work of the company and the development of innovative and collaborative new dance presentations.

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