Milwaukee Ballet offers just a few more free performances throughout July
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- If you've never seen the Milwaukee Ballet in person, now is your chance!
Over the next week, you can see a show for free. It's part of Ballet Beat, a program that the Milwaukee Ballet organizes to bring the professional dancers of the ballet out into the community.
All throughout July, the dancers have held free performances and workshops to demystify the dance world and introduce new people to ballet.
The final workshop will take place Monday night, July 25 at the Wisconsin Athletic Club in West Allis. People will learn about the strength, flexibility and determination it takes to be a ballet dancer.
Ballet Beat is a program that brings the ballet outside of the usual theater and stage.
"Why should we not be out there dancing when everybody's out there in the streets," said Michael Pink, the artistic director for the ballet.
During the summer months, when people are outside enjoying festivals and sunshine, the Milwaukee Ballet wants to be there meeting people and getting them interested.
"For a whole month in the street, in communities, in parks, schools, on the waterfront," said Pink.
They have been at places like Bastille Days and the final performance will be at the Peck Pavilion on Saturday, July 30.
"It's a really phenomenal opportunity for people to experience ballet for the first time. It almost feels like you're at a football game for ballet," said Samantha Martinson. "Ballet Beat is really causal. You can come and go. So if you're only able to make it for part of the show, you're not worried about interrupting."
You can find a full list of remaining performances here.
All of the sneak-peak shows show off a variety of ballet dance styles-- from contemporary to classical, and dancers are in full costume. If you've never seen the ballet on stage, it's an opportunity to learn what you like.
"So if you're more into the classical pieces, you know that that might be something you'd want to see in the season- or contemporary," said Martinson.
All of the events are completely free.