List of dance companies

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This is a list of notable dance and ballet companies.

List of dance and ballet companies
Company Style Based in city/region Country Founder
Artistic director (AD)
3e étage Paris France Founder & AD Samuel Murez 2006–present
Ability Unlimited Indian classical dance New Delhi India Founder & Director Syed Sallauddin Pasha early 1980s–present
Abby Lee Dance Company contemporary Los Angeles United States Founder & Director Abby Lee Miller 1980–present
Aglaja contemporary dance Bruges Belgium Founder Jan Dewulf late 1960s–present
Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre ballet and Broadway-style dance theatre Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States Founder Agnes de Mille 1953–1954 and 1974–1975
Alameda Civic Ballet ballet Alameda, California United States AD Abra Rudisill 2003–present
Alberta Ballet Company ballet Edmonton, Alberta Canada
early 1950s–present
Alonzo King LINES Ballet contemporary ballet San Francisco, California United States Founder & AD Alonzo King 1982–present
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater modern dance New York City United States 1958–present
American Ballet Theatre (formerly Mordkin Ballet, Ballet Theatre) ballet New York City United States 1937–present
American Chamber Ballet ballet New York City United States Founder Joel Benjamin (unknown)–1976
American National Ballet ballet Duluth, Minnesota United States AD Armando Maldonado 2001–2006
Arcane Collective contemporary dance Founder Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri 2011–present
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet contemporary ballet Aspen, Colorado
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States AD Tom Mossbrucker 2000–present (in current incarnation)
Atlanta Ballet ballet Atlanta, Georgia United States AD John McFall 1929–present
Atlanta Festival Ballet ballet Stockbridge, Georgia United States Co-ADs Gregory Aaron & Nicolas Pacaña 1989–present
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada ballet Moncton, New Brunswick Canada
  • Founder Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
  • AD Igor Dobrovolskiy
The Australian Ballet ballet Melbourne Australia AD David McAllister 1962–present
Australian Dance Theatre contemporary Adelaide Australia
AXIS Dance Company contemporary Oakland, California United States Founders Bonnie Lewkowicz, Thais Mazur, Judith Smith & others 1987–present
Ballet Austin (formerly Austin Ballet Society) ballet Austin, Texas United States AD Stephen Mills 1956–present
Ballet Deviare contemporary ballet New York City United States Founders & co-ADs:
Laura Kowalewski & Andrew Carpenter
Ballet Fantastique ballet Eugene, Oregon United States AD Donna Marisa Bontrager 2000–present
Ballet Hispanico contemporary New York City United States Founder Tina Ramirez, AD Eduardo Vilaro 1970–present
Ballet Jörgen Canada ballet Ontario Canada AD Bengt Jörgen 1987–present
Ballet Magnificat! Christian dance company Jackson, Mississippi United States
Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet Havana Cuba Founder Alicia Alonso 1948–present
Ballet Nouveau Colorado contemporary ballet
contemporary dance
Broomfield, Colorado United States AD Garrett Ammon 2002–present
Ballet Philippines ballet Metro Manila Philippines AD Paul Alexander Morales 1969–present
Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo ballet Monte Carlo Monaco Founders René Blum & Wassily de Basil 1932–1968
Ballet Theatre of Queensland ballet Queensland Australia
Ballet West ballet Salt Lake City United States Founder Willam F. Christensen 1963–present
Balletcollective Ballet, Artist collective, Contemporary ballet New York City United States Founder and Director Troy Schumacher 2010–present
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo ballet Monte Carlo Monaco AD Jean-Christophe Maillot 1985–present
Les Ballets Nègres black dance London United Kingdom Berto Pasuka 1946-1953
Ballets Russes ballet Paris France AD Sergei Diaghilev 1909–1929
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ballet New York City United States
  • Founders Peter Anastos,
    Antony Bassae & Natch Taylor
  • AD Tory Dobrin
Ballets with a Twist ballet New York City United States Founder and AD Marilyn Klaus 1996–present
Bangarra Dance Theatre contemporary Sydney Australia AD Stephen Page 1989–present
Bat-Dor Dance Company modern Tel Aviv Israel Founders Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild & Jeannette Ordman 1968–present
Batsheva Dance Company contemporary Tel Aviv Israel Founders Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild & Martha Graham

AD Ohad Naharin

Bay Pointe Ballet ballet South San Francisco, California United States AD Bruce Steivel 2013–present
Béjart Ballet ballet Lausanne Switzerland AD Gil Roman 1992–present
Bellydance Superstars belly dance Los Angeles, California United States 2003–present
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company modern New York City United States Founders Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane 1983–present
Birmingham Royal Ballet ballet Birmingham England AD David Bintley 1931–present
Black Grace modern Auckland New Zealand Founder Neil Ieremia 1995–present
Bolshoi Ballet ballet Moscow Russia AD Yuri Burlaka current
Boston Ballet ballet Boston, Massachusetts United States AD Mikko Nissinen 1963–present
Brighton Ballet Theater ballet New York City United States 1987–present
Camille A. Brown and Dancers modern New York City United States Founder Camille A. Brown 2006–present
Candoco contemporary Stanmore, London England Founders Celeste Dandeker & Adam Benjamin 1991–present
Caracalla Dance Theatre contemporary Beirut Lebanon Founder Abdel-Halim Caracalla 1970–present
Carolina Ballet ballet Raleigh, North Carolina United States
  • Founder Ann Vorus
  • AD Robert Weiss
Carte Blanche contemporary Bergen Norway
  • Founders Jennifer Day/Toni Ferraz
  • AD Bruno Heynderickx
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet ballet New York City United States
  • Founder Nancy Laurie
  • AD Benoit-Swan Pouffer
Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes contemporary Nantes France AD Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche present
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company Ukrainian dance Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Chicago Dance Crash hip hop Chicago, Illinois United States AD Jessica Deahr 2002–present
Chicago Festival Ballet ballet Chicago, Illinois United States Founder & AD Kenneth von Heidecke 1989–present
Chunky Move contemporary Melbourne Australia Founder & AD Gideon Obarzanek 1995–present
Cincinnati Ballet ballet Cincinnati, Ohio United States AD Morgan, Victoria 1963–present
CityDance Ensemble modern dance Washington, D.C. United States AD Paul Gordon Emerson 1996–present
Cloud Gate Dance Theater modern Taiwan Republic of China Founder & AD Lin Hwai-min 1973–present
Cluj-Napoca Romanian Opera ballet Cluj-Napoca Romania 1919–present
Columbia City Jazz Dance Company jazz and contemporary Columbia, South Carolina United States Founder & AD Dale Lam 1990–present
Complexions Contemporary Ballet contemporary New York City United States Founders & ADs Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson 1994–present
Contemporary Dance Company of Angola contemporary Angola 1991–present
CorbinDances modern New York City United States Founder Patrick Corbin 2005–present
Cullberg Ballet ballet Hallunda (Riksteatern headquarters) Sweden
D Underbelly theatre, modern dance; varied disciplines Brooklyn, New York United States Curator Baraka de Soleil 1997–present
Dance Alloy modern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States AD Greer Reed-Jones 1976–2012
Dance Theatre of Harlem ballet Harlem, New York City United States
Dancenorth (formerly North Queensland Ballet, dancenorth-Australia) contemporary Townsville,
North Queensland
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba modern Havana Cuba Founder Ramiro Guerra 1959–present
Danza Voluminosa modern, ballet Havana Cuba Founder Juan Miguel Mas 1996–present
Darpana Academy of Performing Arts Classical Bharata Natyam and contemporary Ahmedabad India Founder Mrinalini and Vikram Sarabhai 1949–Present
DC Cowboys various Washington, DC United States Founder Kevin Platte 1994-2012
Dreamboys various London United Kingdom AD Jordan Darrell 1987–present
Dutch National Ballet classical ballet and contemporary dance (about 50/50) Amsterdam Netherlands AD Ted Brandsen 1961–present
DV8 Physical Theatre contemporary dance with visual media London England AD Lloyd Newson 1986–present
ECNAD contemporary South East Asia Singapore AD Lim Chin Huat & Tan How Choon 1996–present
Editta Braun Company body theatre Salzburg Austria Founder Editta Braun 1989–present
Eifman Ballet contemporary ballet Saint Petersburg Russia Founder Boris Eifman 1977–present
English National Ballet ballet London England 1955–present
Eryc Taylor Dance modern New York City United States Founder Eryc Taylor 2007–present
Eugene Ballet ballet Eugene, Oregon United States AD Toni Pimble 1978–present
Fire of Anatolia modern dance & ballet Istanbul Turkey Founder & AD Mustafa Erdoğan 1999–present
Folsom Lake Civic Ballet ballet Folsom, California United States AD Deirdre Hawkins
The Forsythe Company modern ballet Dresden Germany AD William Forsythe 2005–present
Full Radius Dance modern, physically integrated Atlanta United States Founder & AD Douglas Scott 1995–present
Gallimaufry Performing Arts contemporary and classic Laguna Beach, California United States Founder Steve Josephson 2004–present
Garth Fagan Dance contemporary modern Rochester, New York United States Founder Garth Fagan 1970–present
Gary Palmer Dance Company contemporary modern San Francisco (1977–91), San Jose (1991-98) United States Founder Gary Palmer 1977–98
Grupo Corpo modern dance Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Brazil Paulo Pederneiras 1975–present
Les Gens du quai contemporary Montpellier France Founders Anne & François Lopez 1993–present
Giordano Dance Chicago jazz Chicago, Illinois United States Founder Gus Giordano

AD Nan Giordano

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens ballet Montreal, Quebec Canada
Goldwyn Girls film musical dance Hollywood, California United States Founder Samuel Goldwyn 1930s–1950s
Hamburg Ballet ballet Hamburg Germany Founder & AD John Neumeier 1973–present
Hot Shots swing Stockholm Sweden Founders Anders Lind & others 1985–present
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (formerly Collage Dance Theatre) site-specific modern Los Angeles United States Founder Heidi Duckler 1985–present
Houston Ballet ballet Houston, Texas United States
  • Founder Nina Popova
  • AD Stanton Welch
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company contemporary, jazz Houston, Texas United States
  • Founder Michelle Smith
  • AD Marlana Doyle
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago contemporary Chicago, Illinois United States
  • Founder Lou Conte
  • AD Glenn Edgerton
Ice Theatre of New York modern dance on ice New York City United States
James Sewell Ballet ballet Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Founders James Sewell & Sally Rousse 1990–present
The Jefferson Dancers various Portland, Oregon United States
  • Founder Mary Vinton Folberg
  • AD Steve Gonzales
early 1980s–present
Joffrey Ballet ballet Chicago, Illinois United States Founders Robert Joffrey & Gerald Arpino 1965–present
Judson Dance Theater postmodern dance New York City United States Founder Robert Ellis Dunn 1962–1964
Junk Ensemble Dance theater Dublin Republic of Ireland Founders Megan and Jessica Kennedy 2004–present
K-ballet ballet Tokyo Japan AD Tetsuya Kumakawa 1999–present
Kage Physical Theatre physical theatre Melbourne Australia Founders Kate Denborough & Gerard van Dyck 1996–present
Kambras tango Tanztheater Buenos Aires Argentina Germany Founders Gonzalo Orihuela, Julián Rodriguez Orihuela & Solange Chapperon 2005–present
Katherine Dunham Company African American modern dance United States Founder Katherine Dunham 1939–1960
Kansas City Ballet ballet Kansas United States AD William Whitener early 1957–present
Kaunas Dance Theatre Aura modern Kaunas Lithuania Founder Birutė Letukaitė early 1980s–present
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Contemporary Ga'aton Israel Founder Yehudit Arnon, Artistic Director Rami Be’er 1970–present
La Cebra Danza Gay Mexico City Mexico José Rivera Moya 1996–present
La La La Human Steps contemporary Montreal, Quebec Canada Founder Édouard Lock 1980–present
Laleget Danza Mexico City Mexico Diego Vázquez 2005–present
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company modern New York City United States Founder Lar Lubovitch 1968–present
Leigh Warren & Dancers contemporary Adelaide Australia Founder Leigh Warren 1993–present
Light Motion Dance Company experimental Seattle United States Founder Charlene Curtiss 1988–present
Live Action Set experimental Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Founders Noah Bremer & others 2003–present
Louise Bédard Danse contemporary Montreal, Quebec Canada Founder Louise Bédard 1990–present
Lydia Johnson Dance modern dance & ballet South Orange, New Jersey United States Founder Lydia Johnson 1999–present
Lyon Opera Ballet (Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon) ballet Lyon France AD Yorgos Loukos 1969–present
Mariinsky Ballet
prev. Kirov Ballet and Imperial Russian Ballet
classical ballet Saint Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre) Russia AD Valery Gergiev 1740s–present
Marion Rice Denishawn Dancers modern Fitchburg, Massachusetts United States Founder Marion Rice 1940s
Mendocino Ballet ballet Mendocino County, California United States Founder Mary Knight Morris 1984–present
Mark Morris Dance Group modern Brooklyn, New York United States Founder Mark Morris 1980–present
Merce Cunningham Dance Company modern New York City United States
1953–Dec. 31, 2011
MIHR contemporary Yerevan Armenia

Founders Shoghakat & Tsolak MLKE-Galstyans

Miami City Ballet ballet Miami, Florida United States 1986–present
Milwaukee Ballet ballet Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
  • Founder Roberta Boorse
  • AD Michael Pink
Misnomer dance theater modern dance Brooklyn, New York United States Founder Chris Elam 1998–present
Minnesota Ballet ballet Duluth, Minnesota United States
  • Founders Donna Harkins & Jan Gibson
  • AD Robert Gardner
Minnesota Dance Theatre contemporary Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
Mirramu Dance Company contemporary Lake George, New South Wales Australia Founders Elizabeth Cameron Dalman & Vivienne Rogis 2002–present
Moldova National Opera Ballet ballet Chişinău Moldova 1957–present
Momix contemporary, illusion Washington, Connecticut United States Founder & AD Moses Pendleton 1981–present
Moscow Ballet (United States) ballet United States[a] 1993–present
Motionhouse contemporary Leamington Spa England Founders Louise Richards & Kevin Finnan 1988–present
Motora folk dance Joensuu Finland 1968–present
Mystic Ballet contemporary, TIC Theater Stonington, Connecticut United States Founder & AD Goran Subotic 1997–present
National Ballet of Canada ballet Toronto, Ontario Canada
National Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico ballet Guaynabo, Puerto Rico United States 2005–present
National Dance Company of Korea Korean dance Seoul South Korea 1962–present
National Dance Company Wales
(formerly Diversions)
contemporary Cardiff Bay Wales
  • Founders Roy Campbell-Moore & Ann Sholem
  • AD Ann Sholem
National Dance Institute of New Mexico various Santa Fe, New Mexico United States
  • Founder Catherine Oppenheimer
  • AD Tim Santos
National Opera and Ballet ballet Sofia Bulgaria 1928–present
Nederlands Dans Theater contemporary The Hague Netherlands
  • Founders Benjamin Harkarvy, Aart Verstegen & Carel Birnie
  • AD Jim Vincent
  • Choreographers Jiří Kylián, Paul Lightfoot & Sol León
New Adventures contemporary Sadler's Wells Theatre, London England AD Matthew Bourne 2002–present
New York Baroque Dance Company historical ballet New York City United States AD Catherine Turocy 1976–present
New York City Ballet ballet New York City United States Founders George Balanchine & Lincoln Kirstein 1948–present
New York Theatre Ballet ballet New York City United States Founder & AD Diana Byer 1978–present
The New Zealand Dance Company contemporary dance Auckland New Zealand Co-founders Shona McCullagh and Frances Turner 2011–present
Northern Ballet (formerly Northern Ballet Theatre) ballet Leeds England
Nunzio Impellizzeri Dance Company contemporary Zurich Switzerland 2014–present
NW Fusion Dance Company jazz, modern & tap dance Portland, Oregon United States Founder & AD Brad Hampton 2008–present
Oakville Ballet Company ballet Oakville, Ontario Canada AD Amanda Bayliss current
ODC/Dance contemporary San Francisco, California United States Founder & AD Brenda Way 1971–present
Oregon Ballet Theatre ballet Portland, Oregon United States Founder James Canfield

Interim AD Anne Mueller

Pacific Northwest Ballet ballet Seattle United States
  • Founders Kent Stowell & Francia Russell
  • AD Peter Boal
Paris Opera Ballet (Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris) ballet Paris France Director Brigitte Lefèvre

as of Oct. 15, 2015 Benjamin Millepied

Parsons Dance Company contemporary New York City United States Founder David Parsons 1985–present
Patti Rutland Jazz contemporary jazz & hip-hop Dothan, Alabama United States Founder Patti Rutland 2005–present
Paul Taylor Dance Company modern New York City United States Founder Paul Taylor 1954–present
Pennsylvania Ballet ballet Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Founder Barbara Weisberger 1963–present
Les Percussions de Guinée traditional Guinea 1987–present
Philippine Ballet Theatre classical ballet Metro Manila Philippines 1987–present
Pick Up Performance Company New York City United States Choreographer David Gordon 1971–present
Pilobolus modern Washington Depot, Connecticut United States AD Robby Barnett 1971–present
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre ballet Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States Founders Nicolas Petrov, Frederic Franklin 1968–present
Placer Theatre Ballet ballet Placer County, California United States Founder & AD Pat Colgate current
Prince Dance Group Berhampur, Orissa India T. Krishna Mohan Reddy current
Queensland Ballet (formerly Lisner Ballet Company) ballet Brisbane Australia
Raks Geek belly dance Chicago, Illinois United States Founder Dawn Xiana Moon 2012–present
Rambert Dance Company contemporary London England
Remix Dance Project contemporary, integrated Cape Town South Africa Founders Nicola Visser, Malcolm Black 2000–present
Rennie Harris Puremovement hip hop Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States Founder Rennie Harris 1992–present
Restless Dance Theatre (formerly Restless Dance Company) contemporary, integrated Adelaide Australia
  • Founders Sally Chance, Tania Rose
  • AD Philip Channells
Richard Alston Dance Company contemporary London England AD Richard Alston 1994–present
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company contemporary Salt Lake City, Utah United States Joan Woodbury & Shirley Ririe 1964–present
Riverdance Irish Dance Dublin Ireland Composer Bill Whelan Producer Moya Doherty Director John McColgan 1995–present
The Rockettes precision dance, various New York City United States Founder Russell Markert 1925–present
The Royal Ballet classical ballet London England 1931–present
Royal Danish Ballet ballet Copenhagen Denmark AD Nikolaj Hübbe 1748–present
Royal New Zealand Ballet ballet Wellington New Zealand 1953–present
Royal Swedish Ballet (formerly Swedish Opera Ballet) ballet Stockholm Sweden AD Madeleine Onne 1773–present
Royal Winnipeg Ballet ballet Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada AD André Lewis 1939–present
Sacramento Ballet ballet Sacramento, California United States Founders Barbara Crockett & Deane Crockett 1954–present
The Rubberbodies Collective experimental Malta 2009–present
San Francisco Ballet ballet San Francisco, California United States AD Helgi Tomasson 1933–present
Savannah Danse Theatre ballet Savannah, Georgia United States Founder Suzanne Braddy 1998–present
Scottish Ballet (formerly Western Theatre Ballet) ballet Glasgow Scotland AD Ashley Page 1957–present
Scottish Dance Theatre contemporary Dundee Scotland AD Janet Smith 1986–present
Sensedance contemporary New York City United States AD Henning Rübsam 1991–present
Serbian Cultural Association Oplenac folk dance Mississauga Canada 1987–present
Shanghai Ballet Company ballet Shanghai China 1966–present
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company contemporary London England AD & Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh 1988–present
The Silver Belles tap Harlem United States
Siobhan Davies Dance contemporary London England Founder Siobhan Davies 1989–present
sjDANCEco contemporary San Jose, California United States Founders Gary Masters and Maria Basile 2003–present
Snappy Dance Theater postmodern Cambridge, Massachusetts United States AD Martha Mason 1996–present
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre classical ballet Saint Petersburg Russia Founder Konstantin Tachkin 1994–present
Stephen Petronio Company contemporary New York City, New York United States AD Stephen Petronio 1984–present
Stuttgart Ballet ballet Stuttgart Germany AD Reid Anderson 1609–present
Suzanne Farrell Ballet ballet Washington, D.C. United States Founder Suzanne Farrell 2000–present
Sydney Dance Company contemporary Sydney Australia
  • Founder Suzanne Musitz
  • AD Rafael Bonachela
Tanztheater Reinhild Hoffmann Tanztheater Hamburg (1978–86), Bochum (1986-1995) Germany Founder & AD Reinhild Hoffmann 1978–1995
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (formerly Wuppertal Opera Ballet) Tanztheater Wuppertal Germany AD (former) Pina Bausch,
Dominique Mercy & Robert Sturm
El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador contemporary Washington, D.C. and San Salvador United States and San Salvador Founders Miya Hisaka Silva & Francisco Castillo 1994–present
Toronto Dance Theatre contemporary Toronto, Ontario Canada AD Christopher House 1968–present
Tracks Dance contemporary Darwin, Northern Territory Australia 1994–present
Trey McIntyre Project contemporary ballet Boise, Idaho United States Founder & AD Trey McIntyre 2008–present
Tulsa Ballet ballet Tulsa, Oklahoma United States AD Marcello Angelini 1956–present
tumàka't Contemporary Dance contemporary Mexico Founder Vania Duran 2007–present
Urban Bush Women various Brooklyn, New York United States Founder Jawole Jo Zollar. 1984
Vienna State Ballet ballet Vienna Austria
Washington Ballet ballet Washington, D.C. United States
  • Founder Mary Day
  • AD Septime Webre
West Australian Ballet ballet Perth Australia Founder Madame Kira Bousloff 1952–present
Whim W'Him contemporary Seattle, WA United States Founder Olivier Wevers 2009–present
White Oak Dance Project modern United States Founders Mark Morris & Mikhail Baryshnikov 1990–2002
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers swing Harlem, New York City United States Founder Herbert "Whitey" White 1935–1942
Yacobson Ballet ballet Russia Founder Leonid Yacobson 1969–present
Yin Mei Dance contemporary New York City United States Founder Yin Mei 1995–present
Zero Visibility Corp contemporary Oslo Norway Founders Ina Christel Johannessen & Jens Sethzman 1996–present


  1. ^ U.S. owned company; dancers based in Moscow and Ukraine.

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