Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind The Music


For the first time ever, Tulsa Ballet will be streaming a full-length ballet performance online, completely free of charge on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm (CST) and Saturday, April 4th at 12:00pm (CST)! Join us for an encore performance of Tchaikovsky: The Man Behind the Music, choreographed by Tulsa Ballet’s own Ma Cong. Be captivated by the story of a Russian composer known for some of the most iconic music in the world of ballet, as well as an opportunity to chat live with Resident Choreographer Ma Cong and Artistic Director Marcello Angelini.

While Tchaikovsky was celebrated for his professional success and popularity, the societal constraints of life in 19th century Russia created constant inner conflict between his private life and the public persona society required of him.

Tune in to watch the spectacular full-length pre-recorded ballet, accompanied by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, free of charge, wherever YouTube U.S. is available. Be sure to subscribe to the Tulsa Ballet YouTube account to be notified 30 minutes prior to the performance going live, or sign up to be notified one hour prior to the live stream by entering your email address HERE.

An Update from Artistic Director Marcello Angelini

Dear Friends,

When I started working with Tulsa Ballet 25 years ago I never imagined the world would find itself in such a precarious situation.  During the past fifty years we have witnessed terror attacks, wars, major health situations like SARS and Ebola, and yet none of them paralyzed our planet to the extent the Coronavirus has.  As someone very famous once said, “Forget about how things were in the past and how you hope them to be in the future.  Focus on how things are right now.”

The present reality is a moving target, and a target we don’t have any control over.  We all like to be in control of our lives, and yet this situation finds most of us in reactionary mode.  All we can do is make appropriate decisions based on the information available to us at this particular time, knowing too well that by the time you read this letter, new information will surface that will require our plans to change.  I kindly ask you to be patient with us and accept the changing nature of the present times.

Based on the latest directives from our Mayor, and the latest recommendations of the CDC, we have decided to postpone our upcoming performances of Vendetta, a Mafia Story.  Our ultimate commitment is to the safety and wellbeing of audience members, dancers, and employees.  Based on this commitment we believe postponing the shows until gatherings are safer is the only way to move forward.  We set the opening night date of Vendetta for Friday, May 22nd with subsequent performances on May 23rd and May 24th matinee. Preview night will be held on Thursday, May 21.  I hope the Coronavirus situation will be improved by then, and that we can all enjoy the U.S. premiere of this stunning piece of dance and theater.

Our upcoming performance of Peter and the Wolf, scheduled for April 3rd, will be postponed to the fall.  And now some better news.  We are exploring the possibility of live streaming the TBII Next Generation program.  It will be a good first step in case we need to move more programs to electronic platforms.  And maybe something good will come out of this situation.  Maybe in the not too distant future, we will have the option of watching Tulsa Ballet’s performances in our living room, in our PJs while sipping a good glass of wine…

In an effort to protect our employees, Tulsa Ballet facilities will be closed to the general public effective today.  With the same philosophy in mind, all events scheduled between today, March 16th and May 20th will be either canceled or postponed.

In regards to our Signature Series, we are not making any decisions at this point.  Every day we learn of new factors that affect our decisions going forward.  Changing the course for an event happening in two months is premature.  Of course, we are exploring options if the shutdown is still in effect.

In regards to our Center for Dance Education, all our student body is on spring break this week and we will be following the lead of Tulsa Public Schools and canceling our classes through April 6th.  We will keep everyone informed of any updates.

We are living through a very difficult chapter in world history.  One thing we know for sure:  we will come out of this crisis!  By the same token, how your company looks by that time will depend on all of us.  I hope our hard work and commitment to the community has earned your trust, and that your trust will translate in your continued support of Tulsa Ballet throughout this crisis.  As my favorite Artistic Director, Ivan Nagy, used to say, “Everybody falls on stage at least once during their careers.  What matters is not falling, but what you do after the fall.”   You can trust that your Tulsa Ballet is determined not to lose its vibrancy, creativity, or relevancy. We, just like our friends at Philbrook, the TSO, the Tulsa Opera, and many other great arts organizations in town, need your support more than ever.  Let’s remember that these times shall pass, but we will still be here to serve you, our audience, our patrons, our students, and our community!


– Artistic Director Marcello Angelini




TULSA, Okla. – November 26, 2019 – Tulsa Ballet will treat more than 2,000 local social service clients and non-profit agencies with its 19th annual Hope for the Holidays on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Dancers will grace the stage for the first performance of the season of The Nutcracker, dedicated to sharing holiday cheer to this special audience.



Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

Job Title: Creative Movement, Contemporary Dance and Outreach Program Instructor

Reports to: Director of Education

Status: Full-time position

General Description

Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education is actively seeking a dynamic and talented Creative Movement and Contemporary Dance Instructor to join its full time faculty beginning June 1, 2020.

The candidate will work as an integral member of the TBCDE faculty to support the artistic vision and strategic plan of Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc.  In consultation with the Director of Education, the successful candidate will develop and implement a creative movement and contemporary dance program for ages 3 years and up, and will collaborate with a music specialist to deliver TBCDE’s music and dance Outreach Programs. They will support the administrative needs of the Outreach Program, choreograph for performances and may be asked to support recruitment and marketing initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity for a knowledgeable teacher who is looking to be part of a talented and committed team and who thrives in a vibrant atmosphere dedicated to excellence and growth.


Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities

The teacher will:

  • Motivate and inspire students by teaching with knowledge, positive energy and compassion.
  • Be responsible for the effective delivery of children’s creative movement (3-5 years) and contemporary dance classes (6 years and older).
  • Work with other full and part-time faculty to ensure cohesive delivery of the creative movement programs.
  • Partner and collaborate with a music specialist to deliver TBCDE’s dynamic Outreach Programs in public and private schools in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas.
  • Support the administrative needs of the Outreach Programs.
  • Assist in developing relationships to grow TBCDE’s programs.
  • Choreograph for TBCDE performances and rehearse students as necessary.
  • Prepare student placement and evaluations as required.
  • Assist with the coordination of projects and events including auditions and schedules and ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Support the positive development of TBCDE through consistent development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Participate in marketing and recruitment initiatives.
  • Attend planning meetings as required.
  • Participate in long-term planning in cooperation with the Director of Education, School Administrators and other members of the Faculty.
  • Build and maintain positive and productive relationships with students, parents, staff and community partners through effective and honest communication.


Education and Experience

The position requires:

  • In-depth knowledge of creative movement and contemporary dance
  • Certification from a recognized teacher training program or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of experience teaching children and youth in a variety of settings
  • Ability to choreograph for children/dancers of varying ages and abilities
  • Professional dance experience is considered an asset but not necessary
  • Knowledge of classical ballet is considered an asset


  • HOW TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Arlene Minkhorst, Director of Education @ No phone calls please.


Tulsa Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


2019 Ballet on the Green: Free Public Event

Experience the Power of Tulsa Ballet

Friday, October 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tulsa Ballet returns to Guthrie Green with a live, free and open to the public performance during The Tulsa Arts District’s popular First Friday Art Crawl!

You’ll see exciting and innovative dance works performed by both Tulsa Ballet’s Main Company and Tulsa Ballet II.

Pack a picnic dinner, spread a blanket on the lawn, and get ready to experience the power of dance! Enter our free drawing to win tickets to Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker. A perfect event to bring your family, friends, and co-workers!

Register now to win a Tulsa Ballet The Nutcracker prize package! Two packages will be drawn only from online entries. Enter to win here:

For questions, call Tulsa Ballet at (918) 392-5905.

Stay up to date on Ballet on the Green announcements by following our Facebook event.

Special thanks to our media sponsor KOTV Channel 6.