By the Numbers


  • More than 1 million visitors and more than 5,000 scheduled events in 3 years


  • 309,020 visitors
  • 37,457 students attending Northrop events
  • 5,226 attended the 55th Annual U of M Marching Band Indoor Concert
  • 2,638 middle-school and high-school students from 41 different metro area schools, 14 home schools and 8 greater Minnesota schools attended special Dance Series student matinees. 
  • More than 2,500 artists engaged in Northrop programs
  • 1,451 scheduled activities and events at Northrop
  • 658 students involved directly through University of Minnesota class attendance at Dance Series events
  • 98 University programming partners
  • 20 co-presentations
  • 14 community partners
  • 14 University of Minnesota graduation ceremonies
  • 13 Dance Series performances
  • 7 Lecture Series events with speakers Bernie Sanders, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Margot Lee Shetterly, Nicholas Kristof, Elizabeth Kolbert, Anthony Ray Hinton and Laverne Cox


  • 13 dance performances, involving 10 different world-renowned companies  
    • Grupo Corp from Brazil
    • Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Dracula
    • American choreographer, Aszure Barton & Artists in Awáa
    • Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company in Decadance 2017
    • France’s CCN-Ballet de Lorraine in a special Merce Cunningham program,

Co-presented with Walker Art Center

  • Canada’s Kidd Pivot/Electric Company Theatre in Betroffenheit
  • Malandain Ballet Biarritz in La Belle et la Bête
  • Scottish Ballet in Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling
  • American choreographer, Brian Brooks Moving Company in Torrent
  • St. Petersburg’s Eifman Ballet in Red Giselle
  • 1 extended residency with Brian Brooks Moving Company and 25 students from the UMN Dance Program, through the Sage Cowles Land Grant Chair. This culminated in an evening performance of Torrent with members of Brooks’ professional company
  • 2 student matinees with Brazil’s Grupo Corpo and contemporary American dance company Brain Brooks Moving Company
  • 2 performances with a full live orchestra of local professional musicians
  • All 10 visiting companies provided master classes to University of Minnesota dance students and the local dance community.

Master Classes: 3
Lectures: 12
Number of National Premieres: 3
Number of World Premieres: 1
Number of Community Receptions: 12
Number of Access Tickets provided: 1,627

“We hope every student has 'Northrop time' during their few precious years on campus. It could be coffee and study, but experiences within the theater regularly present them with amazing speakers, fantastic music, and the international artists in the Northrop Dance Series. Performances like these give them memories they will treasure long after the strains of 'Pomp and Circumstance' have faded.” Christine Tschida 2017