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Maine’s professional ballet company & home to the leading classical training in the state. It is Portland Ballet’s mission to enrich our community through ballet education and performance.

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Portland Ballet


Founded in 1980, Portland Ballet is Maine’s professional ballet company. Under the artistic direction of Nell Shipman, Portland Ballet presents classical and neo-classical story ballets as well as contemporary works, and attracts professional dancers from around the country as well as internationally. Portland Ballet participates in many outreach programs and collaborates with other local (arts) institutions. Our community performances reach over 1,500 local students and residents of retirement communities and disability support homes annually.


To enrich the community through ballet performance and education.

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With your support, Portland Ballet will continue to create, inspire, and evolve through our next season and beyond. Please consider making a donation to further support our mission of enriching the community through ballet performance and education.

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