Ballet Midwest: 40 years and counting

woman in red cape and man in wolf costumeTo help celebrate their first 40 years, the library has partnered with Ballet Midwest to showcase their rich history through a selection of photographs, costumes, and props and display in the rotunda. When you’re here, don’t forget to look up to see more iconic tutus on display!

Ballet Midwest’s founder and current Artistic Co-Director Barbara Ebert had a vision of bringing high-quality classical ballet to the Topeka community. She opened her private dance studio in 1977 and went on to form the first civic ballet company in Topeka.

Early in its inception, Ballet Midwest placed an emphasis on making the arts accessible to all.

During the span of 40 years, Ballet Midwest has given over 1000 local dancers the opportunity to perform in a variety of full-length ballets and has shared over 725 community demonstrations.


For more about Ballet Midwest, click here


Upcoming Events

Ballet Midwest Photo Opportunity
purple tutuFriday, April 7 | 5-8 pm | Rotunda
Dancing shoes optional! Brush up on your best ballet pose for a photo op with Ballet Midwest! We’ll have dancers in costume as well as props from our costume shop located in the rotunda. Join us in celebrating 40 years of the company’s rich history of costuming magic within the Topeka community.

Swan Lake
April 22 and 23 | Topeka Performing Art Center

Ballet Midwest presents Swan Lake, April 22 at 8 pm and April 23 at 3 pm with a special narrated and abbreviated production for children on Saturday April 22 at 1 pm. To learn more or purchase tickets click here.

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.