Under the artistic leadership of James Sofranko since 2018, Grand Rapids Ballet has made an exciting transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most creative works in contemporary dance, and generated local, national, and international attention. Grand Rapids Ballet presents numerous styles of dance from some of the finest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2010, we have presented 56 works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Jose Limon, Gerald Arpino, Ulysses Dove, Kirk Peterson and commissions by Mario Radacovsky, Olivier Wevers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Robyn Mineko Williams and Brian Enos.
The Company, consisting of over 30 professional dancers from the United States and around the world, rehearses in its own Meijer-Royce Center for Dance and performs at Peter Martin Wege Theatre, located in the heart of Grand Rapids. In March 2012, Grand Rapids Ballet launched MOVEMEDIA, a dance series comprised of new works merging visual elements of sets, props, costumes, and lighting with digital technology and media to enhance the body in space.
“Black Swan White Swan was a bold and successful step in a new direction. Patricia Barker is taking the company from a little-known regional ballet company, to one in the national spotlight.”