Boston Ballet, dance company member

Currently led by Executive Director Barry Hughson and Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet has built a national and international following over the past 50 year by performing a variety of ballet styles, taking artistic risks, obtaining financial stability, and forming a strong sense of community. In addition to the company’s work, Boston Ballet School focuses on bringing dance education to students of Boston and the surrounding communities.

1. Describe your organization’s mission and its work in 3 adjectives. Please explain the adjectives you selected. 

  • Relevant
  • Exceptional
  • Versatile  

These three adjectives describe the exciting work Boston Ballet conducts on stage, in the studio, in the community, in the Board room, and in our offices.

2. What inspires the work of your organization and why?

Quality, innovation, and balance inspire our organization. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen’s creation of a season is complex and considers many different facets:  

  • A tri-prong approach of classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, and contemporary dance
  • A balance of music
  • The color and emotion of ballets
  • How the ballets will complement one another on the same program or as a season overall
  • How the work will encourage the growth of the dancers
  • Educating the public on different dance styles

Attention to detail and a passion for making each season great permeates the work of the entire organization and inspires the staff, the faculty, and the students.

3. What accomplishment from the past year is your organization most proud of and eager to share with Dance/USA’s membership and the field at large?

Boston Ballet retired its long term debt, presented a balanced budget, and set aside the Company’s first operating cash reserve.  This huge accomplishment for any organization who has faced significant financial challenges over recent years.  We have embarked on our fourth year in the Ballet’s permanent performance home at the Boston Opera House.  We have also been able to expand the touring schedule to include performances in Helsinki, Finland, in September 2012.

4. Where do you see dance in the future and how does your organization fit within that vision?  

Dance is experiential.  As a theater patron or a student, the future of dance will last by keeping the experience relevant to the masses, be of the highest quality, and remain accessible to all.  Boston Ballet embraces this vision and will remain steadfast in its commitment to honoring traditional choreography while embracing innovation, skillfully training the future generation of professional dancers, and passionately educating the public on dance’s impact for health, creativity, and quality of life.  

5. As an organization, what do you hope your dance legacy to be?

As we approach our 50th Anniversary, Boston Ballet’s legacy to the field of professional dance will be a world-class dance institution. When the Ballet celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2064, we aim to remain relevant, exceptional, versatile, and financially secure. We want Boston Ballet to be the ballet company of the future in its artistry, business, and financial models.  While we may never be the largest company in the world, but we aspire to be the most exciting with: diverse programming of the highest level of quality; the best dancers; a strong, broad reaching school; a pre-professional training division that produces exceptional dancers for the field; and a deep and powerful community engagement that invites everyone to share the love of dance without barriers, real or perceived.