List of dance companies

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This is a list of dance and ballet companies.

List of dance and ballet companies
CompanyStyleBased in city/regionCountryFounder
Artistic director (AD)
Choreographer
Active
Aglajacontemporary danceBrugesBelgiumFounder Jan Dewulflate 1960s–present
Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre
Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre
ballet and Broadway style dance theatreWinston-Salem, North CarolinaUnited StatesFounder Agnes de Mille1953–1954 and 1974–1975
Alameda Civic BalletballetAlameda, CaliforniaUnited StatesAD Abra Rudisill2003–present
Alberta Ballet CompanyballetEdmonton, AlbertaCanada
  • Founder Ruth Carse
  • AD Jean Grand-Maître
early 1950s–present
Alonzo King LINES Balletcontemporary balletSan Francisco, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder & AD Alonzo King1982–present
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatermodern danceNew York CityUnited States1958–present
American Ballet Theatre (formerly Mordkin Ballet, Ballet Theatre)balletNew York CityUnited States1937–present
American Chamber BalletballetNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Joel Benjamin(unknown)–1976
American National BalletballetDuluth, MinnesotaUnited StatesAD Armando Maldonado2001–2006
Arcane Collectivecontemporary danceFounder Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri2011–present
Aspen Santa Fe Balletcontemporary balletAspen, Colorado
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United StatesAD Tom Mossbrucker2000–present (in current incarnation)
Atlanta BalletballetAtlanta, GeorgiaUnited StatesAD John McFall1929–present
Atlanta Festival BalletballetStockbridge, GeorgiaUnited StatesCo-ADs Gregory Aaron & Nicolas Pacaña1989–present
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of CanadaballetMoncton, New BrunswickCanada
  • Founder Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
  • AD Igor Dobrovolskiy
2002–present
Australian Ballet, TheThe Australian BalletballetMelbourneAustraliaAD David McAllister1962–present
Australian Dance TheatrecontemporaryAdelaideAustralia
1965–present
AXIS Dance CompanycontemporaryOakland, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounders Bonnie Lewkowicz, Thais Mazur, Judith Smith & others1987–present
Ballet Austin (formerly Austin Ballet Society)balletAustin, TexasUnited StatesAD Stephen Mills1956–present
Ballet Deviarecontemporary balletNew York CityUnited StatesFounders & co-ADs:
Laura Kowalewski & Andrew Carpenter
Ballet FantastiqueballetEugene, OregonUnited StatesAD Donna Marisa Bontrager2000–present
Ballet HispanicocontemporaryNew York, New YorkUnited StatesFounder Tina Ramirez, AD Eduardo Vilaro1970–present
Ballet Jörgen CanadaballetOntarioCanadaAD Bengt Jörgen1987–present
Ballet Magnificat!Christian dance companyJackson, MississippiUnited States
1986–present
Ballet Nacional de CubaballetHavanaCubaFounder Alicia Alonso1948–present
Ballet Nouveau Coloradocontemporary ballet
contemporary dance
Broomfield, ColoradoUnited StatesAD Garrett Ammon2002–present
Ballet PhilippinesballetManilaPhilippinesAD Paul Alexander Morales1969–present
Ballet Russe de Monte CarloballetMonte CarloMonacoFounders René Blum & Wassily de Basil1932–1968
Ballet San JoseballetSan Jose, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder Dennis Nahat1983–present
Ballet Theatre of QueenslandballetQueenslandAustralia
1937–present
Ballets de Monte Carlo, LesLes Ballets de Monte CarloballetMonte CarloMonacoAD Jean-Christophe Maillot1985–present
Ballets RussesballetParisFranceAD Sergei Diaghilev1909–1929
Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, LesLes Ballets Trockadero de Monte CarloballetNew York CityUnited States
  • Founders Peter Anastos,
    Antony Bassae & Natch Taylor
  • AD Tory Dobrin
1974–present
Ballets with a TwistballetNew York CityUnited StatesFounder and AD Marilyn Klaus1996-present
Bangarra Dance TheatrecontemporarySydneyAustraliaAD Stephen Page1989–present
Bat-Dor Dance CompanymodernTel AvivIsraelFounders Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild & Jeannette Ordman1968–present
Batsheva Dance CompanycontemporaryTel AvivIsraelFounders Ohad Naharin & Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild1964–present
Bay Pointe BalletballetSouth San Francisco, CaliforniaUnited StatesAD Bruce Steivel2013–present
Bellydance Superstars (touring company)belly danceLos Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States2003–present
Béjart BalletballetLausanneSwitzerlandAD Gil Roman1992–present
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanymodernNew York CityUnited StatesFounders Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane1983–present
Birmingham Royal BalletballetBirminghamEnglandAD David Bintley1931–present
Black GracemodernAucklandNew ZealandFounder Neil Ieremia1995–present
Bolshoi BalletballetMoscowRussiaAD Yuri Burlakacurrent
Boston BalletballetBoston, MassachusettsUnited StatesAD Mikko Nissinen1963–present
Brighton Ballet TheaterballetNew York CityUnited States1987–present
CandococontemporaryStanmore, LondonEnglandFounders Celeste Dandeker & Adam Benjamin1991–present
Cape Town City BalletballetCape TownSouth Africa
1934–present
Caracalla Dance TheatrecontemporaryBeirutLebanonFounder Abdel-Halim Caracalla1970–present
Carolina BalletballetRaleigh, North CarolinaUnited States
  • Founder Ann Vorus
  • AD Robert Weiss
1984–present
Carte BlanchecontemporaryBergenNorway
  • Founders Jennifer Day/Toni Ferraz
  • AD Bruno Heynderickx
1984–present
Cedar Lake Contemporary BalletballetNew York CityUnited States
  • Founder Nancy Laurie
  • AD Benoit-Swan Pouffer
2003–present
Centre Chorégraphique National de NantescontemporaryNantesFranceAD Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarchepresent
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance CompanyUkrainian DanceEdmonton, AlbertaCanada
1969–present
Chicago Festival Ballet
Also noted as Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet
balletChicago, IllinoisUnited StatesFounder & AD Kenneth von Heidecke1989–present
Chunky MovecontemporaryMelbourneAustraliaFounder & AD Gideon Obarzanek1995–present
Cincinnati BalletballetCincinnati, OhioUnited StatesAD Morgan, Victoria1963–present
CityDance Ensemblemodern danceWashington, D.C.United StatesAD Paul Gordon Emerson1996–present
Cloud Gate Dance TheatremodernTaiwanRepublic of ChinaFounder & AD Lin Hwai-min1973–present
Cluj-Napoca Romanian OperaballetCluj-NapocaRomania1919–present
Columbia City Jazz Dance CompanyJazz and contemporaryColumbia, South CarolinaUnited StatesFounder & AD Dale Lam1990–present
Complexions Contemporary BalletcontemporaryNew York CityUnited StatesFounders & ADs Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson1994–present
Contemporary Dance Company of AngolacontemporaryAngola1991–present
CorbinDancesmodernNew YorkUnited StatesFounder Patrick Corbin2005–present
Cullberg BalletballetHallunda (Riksteatern headquarters)Sweden
1967–present
D UnderbellyTheatre, modern dance; varied disciplinesBrooklyn, New YorkUnited StatesCurator Baraka de Soleil1997–present
Dance AlloymodernPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaUnited StatesAD Greer Reed-Jones1976–2012
Dance Theatre of HarlemmodernHarlem, New York CityUnited States
1971–present
Dancenorth (formerly North Queensland Ballet, dancenorth-Australia)contemporaryTownsville,
North Queensland
Australia
  • Founder Ann Roberts
  • AD Raewyn Hill
1969–present
Danza Contemporanea de CubamodernHavanaCubaFounder Ramiro Guerra1959–present
Donlon Dance Company/Ballet of the Saarland State TheatrecontemporarySaarbrückenGermanyFounder Marguerite Donlon2001–present
Dutch National Balletclassical ballet and contemporary dance (about 50/50)AmsterdamNetherlandsAD Ted Brandsen1961–present
DV8 Physical Theatrecontemporary dance with visual mediaLondonEnglandAD Lloyd Newson1986–present
ECNAD Project LtdcontemporarySouth East AsiaSingaporeAD Lim Chin Huat & Tan How Choon1996–present
English National BalletballetLondonEngland1955–present
Eugene BalletballetEugene, OregonUnited StatesAD Toni Pimble1978–present
Fire of Anatoliamodern dance & balletIstanbulTurkeyFounder & AD Mustafa Erdoğan1999–present
Folsom Lake Civic BalletballetFolsom, CaliforniaUnited States
Forsythe Company, TheThe Forsythe Companymodern balletDresdenGermanyAD William Forsythe2005–present
Gallimaufry Performing Artscontemporary and classicLaguna Beach, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder Steve Josephson2004–present
Garth Fagan Dancecontemporary modernRochester, New YorkUnited StatesFounder Garth Fagan1970–present
Grands Ballets Canadiens, LesLes Grands Ballets CanadiensballetMontreal, QuebecCanada
1957–present
Goldwyn Girlsfilm musical danceHollywood, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder Samuel Goldwyn1930s–1950s
Hamburg BalletballetHamburgGermanyFounder & AD John Neumeier1973–present
Hot ShotsSwingStockholmSwedenFounders Anders Lind & others1985–present
Houston BalletballetHouston, TexasUnited States
  • Founder Nina Popova
  • AD Stanton Welch
1969–present
Houston Metropolitan Dance Companycontemporary, jazzHouston, TexasUnited States
  • Founder Michelle Smith
  • AD Marlana Doyle
1995–present
Hubbard Street Dance ChicagocontemporaryChicago, IllinoisUnited States
  • Founder Lou Conte
  • AD Glenn Edgerton
1977–present
 Ice Theatre of New York 
modern dance on iceNew York CityUnited States
1984–present
James Sewell BalletballetMinneapolis, MinnesotaUnited StatesFounders James Sewell & Sally Rousse1990–present
Jefferson Dancers, TheThe Jefferson Dancersmany dance stylesPortland, OregonUnited States
  • Founder Mary Vinton Folberg
  • AD Steve Gonzales
early 1980s–present
Joffrey BalletballetChicago, IllinoisUnited StatesFounders Robert Joffrey & Gerald Arpino1965–present
Judson Dance Theaterpostmodern danceNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Robert Ellis Dunn1962–1964
K-balletballetTokyoJapanAD Tetsuya Kumakawa1999–present
Kage Physical TheatrePhysical theatreMelbourneAustraliaFounders Kate Denborough & Gerard van Dyck1996–present
KambrasTango TanztheaterBuenos AiresArgentina GermanyFounders Gonzalo Orihuela, Julián Rodriguez Orihuela & Solange Chapperon2005–present
Katherine Dunham CompanyAfrican American modern danceUnited StatesFounder Katherine Dunham1939–1960
Kansas City BalletballetKansasUnited StatesAD William Whitenerearly 1957–present
Kaunas Dance Theatre AuramodernKaunasLithuaniaFounder Birutė Letukaitėearly 1980s–present
La Cebra Danza GayMexico CityMexicoJosé Rivera Moya1996–present
La La La Human StepscontemporaryMontreal, QuebecCanadaFounder Édouard Lock1980–present
Laleget DanzaMexico CityMexicoDiego Vázquez2005–present
Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanymodernNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Lar Lubovitch1968–present
Leigh Warren & DancerscontemporaryAdelaideAustraliaFounder Leigh Warren1993–present
Live Action SetexperimentalMinneapolis, MinnesotaUnited StatesFounders Noah Bremer & others2003–present
Louise Bédard DansecontemporaryMontreal, QuebecCanadaFounder Louise Bédard1990–present
Lydia Johnson Dancemodern dance & balletSouth Orange, New JerseyUnited StatesFounder Lydia Johnson1999–present
Lydia Lithos Dance Theatrecontemporary, theatreAthensGreeceFounder Spiros Bersatos1996–present
Lyon Opera Ballet (Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon)balletLyonFranceAD Yorgos Loukos1969–present
Mariinsky Ballet
prev. Kirov Ballet and Imperial Russian Ballet
Classical balletSaint Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre)RussiaAD Valery Gergiev1740s–present
Marion Rice Denishawn DancersmodernFitchburg, MassachusettsUnited StatesFounder Marion Rice1940s
Mendocino BalletballetMendocino County, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder Mary Knight Morris1984–present
Mark Morris Dance GroupmodernBrooklyn, New YorkUnited StatesFounder Mark Morris1980–present
Merce Cunningham Dance CompanymodernNew York CityUnited States
1953–present
Miami City BalletballetMiami, FloridaUnited States1986–present
Milwaukee BalletballetMilwaukee, WisconsinUnited States
  • Founder Roberta Boorse
  • AD Michael Pink
1969–present
Misnomer dance theatermodern danceBrooklyn, New YorkUnited StatesFounder Chris Elam1998–present
Minnesota BalletballetDuluth, MinnesotaUnited States
  • Founders Donna Harkins & Jan Gibson
  • AD Robert Gardner
1965–present
Minnesota Dance TheatrecontemporaryMinneapolis, MinnesotaUnited States
  • Founder Loyce Houlton
  • AD Lisa Houlton
1962–present
Mirramu Dance CompanycontemporaryLake George, New South WalesAustraliaFounders Elizabeth Cameron Dalman & Vivienne Rogis2002–present
Moldova National Opera BalletballetChişinăuMoldova1957–present
Moscow Ballet (United States)balletUnited States[a]1993–present
Momixcontemporary, illusionWashington, ConnecticutUnited StatesFounder & AD Moses Pendleton1981–present
MotionhousecontemporaryLeamington SpaEnglandFounders Louise Richards & Kevin Finnan1988–present
National Ballet of CanadaballetToronto, OntarioCanada
1951–present
National Ballet Theater of Puerto RicoballetGuaynabo, Puerto RicoUnited States2005–present
National Dance Company of KoreaKorean danceSeoulSouth Korea1962–present
National Dance Company Wales
(formerly Diversions)
contemporaryCardiff BayWales
  • Founders Roy Campbell-Moore & Ann Sholem
  • AD Ann Sholem
1983–present
National Dance Institute of New MexicoVariousSanta Fe, New MexicoUnited States
  • Founder Catherine Oppenheimer
  • AD Tim Santos
1990–present
National Opera and BalletballetSofiaBulgaria1928–present
New AdventurescontemporarySadler's Wells Theatre, LondonEnglandAD Matthew Bourne2002–present
Nederlands Dans TheatercontemporaryThe HagueNetherlands
  • Founders Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen & Carel Birnie
  • AD Jim Vincent
  • Choreographers Jiří Kylián, Paul Lightfoot & Sol León
1959–present
New York City BalletballetNew York CityUnited StatesFounders George Balanchine & Lincoln Kirstein1948–present
New York Theatre BalletballetNew York CityUnited StatesFounder & AD Diana Byer1978–present
Northern Ballet (formerly Northern Ballet Theatre)balletLeedsEngland
1969–present
NUS Dance SynergycontemporarySingaporeAD Fan Dong Kai1978–present
NW Fusion Dance CompanyJazz, modern & tapPortland, OregonUnited StatesFounder & AD Brad Hampton2008–present
Oakville Ballet CompanyballetOakville, OntarioCanadaAD Amanda Baylisscurrent
ODC/DancecontemporarySan Francisco, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder & AD Brenda Way1971–present
Oregon Ballet TheatreballetPortland, OregonUnited StatesFounder James Canfield

Interim AD Anne Mueller

1989–present
Pacific Northwest BalletballetSeattleUnited States
  • Founders Kent Stowell & Francia Russell
  • AD Peter Boal
1972–present
Paris Opera Ballet (Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris)balletParisFranceDirector Brigitte Lefèvre1669–present
Parsons Dance CompanycontemporaryNew York CityUnited StatesFounder David Parsons1985–present
Patti Rutland JazzContemporary Jazz & Hip-HopDothan, AlabamaUnited StatesFounder Patti Rutland2005–present
Pennsylvania BalletballetPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUnited StatesFounder Barbara Weisberger1963–present
Paul Taylor Dance CompanymodernNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Paul Taylor1954–present
Percussions de Guinée, LesLes Percussions de GuinéetraditionalGuinea1987–present
Philippine Ballet Theatreclassical balletPhilippines1987–present
Pick Up Performance CompanyNew York CityUnited StatesChoreographer David Gordon1971–present
PilobolusmodernWashington Depot, ConnecticutUnited StatesAD Robby Barnett1971–present
Pittsburgh Ballet TheatreballetPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaUnited StatesFounders Nicolas Petrov, Frederic Franklin1968–present
Placer Theatre BalletballetPlacer County, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounder & AD Pat Colgatecurrent
Prince Dance GroupBerhampur, OrissaIndiaT. Krishna Mohan Reddycurrent
Queensland Ballet (formerly Lisner Ballet Company)balletBrisbaneAustralia
1960–present
Rambert Dance CompanycontemporaryLondonEngland
1926–present
Remix Dance Projectcontemporary, integratedCape TownSouth AfricaFounders Nicola Visser, Malcolm Black2000–present
Restless Dance Theatre, formerly Restless Dance Companycontemporary, integratedAdelaideAustralia
  • Founders Sally Chance, Tania Rose
  • AD Philip Channells
1991–present
Richard Alston Dance CompanycontemporaryLondonEnglandAD Richard Alston1994–present
Ririe-Woodbury Dance CompanycontemporarySalt Lake City, UtahUnited StatesJoan Woodbury & Shirley Ririe1964–present
Rockettes, TheThe Rockettesprecision danceNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Russell Markert1925–present
Royal Ballet, TheThe Royal BalletClassical BalletLondonEngland1931–present
Royal Danish BalletballetCopenhagenDenmarkAD Nikolaj Hübbe1748–present
Royal New Zealand BalletballetWellingtonNew Zealand1953–present
Royal Swedish Ballet (formerly Swedish Opera Ballet)balletStockholmSwedenAD Madeleine Onne1773–present
Royal Winnipeg BalletballetWinnipeg, ManitobaCanadaAD André Lewis1939–present
Sacramento BalletballetSacramento, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounders Barbara Crockett & Deane Crockett1954–present
San Francisco BalletballetSan Francisco, CaliforniaUnited StatesAD Helgi Tomasson1933–present
Savannah Danse TheatreballetSavannah, GeorgiaUnited StatesFounder Suzanne Braddy1998–present
Scottish Ballet (formerly Western Theatre Ballet)balletGlasgowScotlandAD Ashley Page1957–present
Scottish Dance TheatrecontemporaryDundeeScotlandAD Janet Smith1986–present
SensedancecontemporaryNew York City, New YorkUnited StatesAD Henning Rübsam1991–present
Shanghai Ballet CompanyballetShanghaiChina1966–present
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance CompanycontemporaryLondonEnglandAD & Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh1988–present
Siobhan Davies Dance CompanycontemporarySouthwark, LondonEnglandFounder Siobhan Davies1989–present
sjDANCEcocontemporarySan Jose, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounders Gary Masters and Maria Basile2003–present
Snappy Dance TheaterpostmodernCambridge, MassachusettsUnited StatesAD Martha Mason1996–present
Stephen Petronio CompanycontemporaryNew York City, New YorkUnited StatesAD Stephen Petronio1984–present
St Petersburg Ballet Theatreclassical balletSaint PetersburgRussiaFounder Konstantin Tachkin1994–present
Stuttgart BalletballetStuttgartGermanyAD Reid Anderson1609–present
Suzanne Farrell BalletballetWashington, D.C.United StatesFounder Suzanne Farrell2000–present
Swingtime Dance TroupeSwingStanford, CaliforniaUnited StatesFounders Megan Kale, Darick Tong, Maria Reese, Andy Huang2002–present
Sydney Dance CompanycontemporarySydneyAustralia
  • Founder Suzanne Musitz
  • AD Rafael Bonachela
1969–present
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (formerly Wuppertal Opera Ballet)TanztheaterWuppertalGermanyAD (former) Pina Bausch,
Dominique Mercy & Robert Sturm
1973–present
Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador, ElEl Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El SalvadorcontemporaryWashington, D.C. and San SalvadorUnited States and San SalvadorFounders Miya Hisaka Silva & Francisco Castillo1994–present
Toronto Dance TheatreContemporaryToronto, OntarioCanadaAD Christopher House1968–present
Totem Dance GroupContemporaryKievUkraineFounder Kristina Shyshkaryova2010–present
Tracks DancecontemporaryDarwin, Northern TerritoryAustralia1994–present
Trey McIntyre Projectcontemporary balletBoise, IdahoUnited StatesFounder & AD Trey McIntyre2008–present
Tulsa BalletballetTulsa, OklahomaUnited StatesAD Marcello Angelini1956–present
Twyla Tharp DancemodernNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Twyla Tharp1965–present
Urban Bush WomenvariousBrooklyn, New YorkUnited StatesFounder Jawole Jo Zollar.1984
Vienna State Opera BalletballetViennaAustria
Washington BalletballetWashington, D.C.United States
  • Founder Mary Day
  • AD Septime Webre
1976–present
Wayne McGregor Random DancecontemporarySadler's Wells Theatre, LondonEnglandFounder Wayne McGregor1992–present
West Australian BalletballetPerthAustraliaFounder Madame Kira Bousloff1952–present
White Oak Dance ProjectmodernUnited StatesFounders Mark Morris & Mikhail Baryshnikov1990–2002
Whitey's Lindy HoppersSwingHarlem, New York CityUnited StatesFounder Herbert "Whitey" White1935–1942
Yin Mei DancecontemporaryNew York CityUnited StatesFounder Yin Mei1995–present
Zero Visibility CorpcontemporaryOsloNorwayFounders Ina Christel Johannessen & Jens Sethzman1996–present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. owned company; dancers based in Moscow and the Ukraine.

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