Artistic Director Tibor Zana choreographs his rendition of The Nutcracker. Performances at Madison West High School introduce members of the local community to ballet.
Wisconsin Dance Ensemble is a non-profit organization.
Earle Smith becomes the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble's artistic director. He has principal and soloist credits with Texas Ballet Theater, including Balanchine's Western Symphony, Four Temperaments, Who Cares, Meija's Sonata, Eight by Adler, Sarasate, Seasons, Nutcracker and Cinderella. Smith’s artistic vision is to make ballet affordable and accessible to all through the development of education and outreach programs.
The Wisconsin Dance Ensemble is renamed to Madison Ballet.
Madison Ballet premiers Smith’s rendition of The Nutcracker for the opening of the Overature Center for the Arts.
Madison Ballet opens the School of Madison Ballet for dancers ages two to adult.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the first university to offer a degree in dance.
Under Louise Kloepper's leadership, the dance department becomes more technique-oriented.
Following the retirement of Margaret H'Doubler, Louise Kloepper takes over as chair and introduces ballet classes to the UW dance curriculum.
The Dance Program becomes its own department and is no longer a part of the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Education.