James Sewell Ballet and Northrop Present

Oakland Ballet Masterclass

Past event
Apr 11, 2024
Graham Lustig making a gesture with his hands

Graham Lustig, artistic director of Oakland Ballet Company.

Join Graham Lustig, artistic director of Oakland Ballet Company, for a ballet masterclass, available to participants thanks to a partnership between Northrop and James Sewell Ballet. This class is for intermediate/advanced level dancers and will bring focus to placement, musicality, and expression.

Free for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Participants will receive a 50% off discount code to attend 10,000 Dreams on either Apr 12 or 13.

James Sewell Ballet, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55403

About Graham Lustig

Since his appointment as Artistic Director in 2010, Graham Lustig has revitalized Oakland Ballet Company and helped the organization reclaim its position as a leading San Francisco Bay Area arts institution and premier dance company. Lustig’s stewardship has brought the company a reputation for presenting community-based programming that makes the art of dance relevant, accessible, and engaging to the diverse community Oakland Ballet serves.

For the past twelve seasons, Mr. Lustig has presented his critically-acclaimed production of The Nutcracker at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, as well as an annual spring season rooted in contemporary works creating partnerships with local artists. In 2016 he began presenting Luna Mexicana, a celebration of Día de los Muertos, and Dancing Moons Festival, the first Asian American Pacific Islander ballet showcase in the nation, of which received an Isadora Duncan Award in 2021. Under Lustig’s watch, Oakland Ballet has grown its  Discover Dance Program to provide in-school and in-theater arts programming for nearly a dozen East Bay school districts, reaching more than 15,000 East Bay students each year. He has also curated the You Can Dance! Program that brings movement based learning into the schools.

Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, Mr. Lustig danced with the Dutch National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet before embarking on a freelance choreographic career that has included operas, ballets and musicals. He serves as a founding member of the Artists Committee of Americans for the Arts, and has served numerous times on the Dance and Policy Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Know Before You Go

Event Information

  • Event Location: 
    James Sewell Ballet
    Cowles Center
    528 Hennepin Avenue, Ste 215
    Minneapolis, MN, 55403
  • Class Begins: 9:30 am
  • Duration: Approximately 90 mins
  • Registration Required, Limited Capacity
  • Free to UMN Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • James Sewell Website

Sponsored by

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.