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Cheryl Rist

Cheryl Rist

CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR of Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota (1987)
CO-FOUNDER of Ballet Minnesota (1990)
Restages all ballets (except Nutcracker) for Ballet Minnesota.
Accomplished costume designer, designing all classical ballets for Ballet Minnesota.
Designs costumes for all ballets choreographed by Andrew Rist

RESTAGED Ballets include: Swan Lake (acts 1-4), La Bayadere (acts 1-3), Coppelia, Paquita,
Don Quixote, Giselle (acts 1-2), Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre and Sleeping Beauty

Partial listing of ballets, choreographed by Andrew Rist, for which Cheryl DESIGNED THE COSTUMES:
Classic Nutcracker, Pachelbel, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mozart's 40th Symphony,
Black Dog Cafe, At The Museum (now a book), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue


Cheryl, a graduate of the Cornish School of Arts in Seattle, was the recipient of (7) Arts Scholarships. Her teachers include Robert Joffrey, Loyce Houlton, Hanya Holm, Flemming Halby and Frank Bourman. She began dancing with Sacramento Ballet under the direction of Jean-Paul Comelin (formerly Paris Opera Ballet). She danced as a principal with the Banff Festival, the Minnesota Dance Theater (under the direction of Loyce Houlton) and Ballet Minnesota. n 1987 Cheryl and her husband Andrew co-founded the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota and in 1990 they co-founded Ballet Minnesota. Cheryl has a special gift understanding the art of Classical Ballet. She has restaged many of the classic ballets for Ballet Minnesota which include "Swan Lake", "Giselle", "Sleeping Beauty", "Les Sylphides", "Flower Festival pas de deux", "Coppelia" and "La Bayadere". Cheryl is known for restaging the complete ballets such as 4 acts of Swan Lake. In addition to all of this she designs and costumes all the works presented by Ballet MInnesota. Although she is a sought after designer, she concentrates her engeries on CBA and Ballet Minnesota.

      Artistic Director: BALLET MINNESOTA

Andrew's interests have always been in the areas of teaching, directing & choreography. After dancing professionally for 14 years, Loyce Houltonencouraged Andrew to become Avocational Director of the Minnesota Dance Theater school (1986-87). In 1987 Andrew and his wife Cheryl co-founded the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota and in 1990 they co-founded Ballet Minnesota, of which Andrew became artistic director. Under his direction, Ballet Minnesota has developed a strong season which includes Fall Concert, annual Nutcracker, The Youth Concert Series, The Minnesota Dance Festival (which features the restaging of a classical ballet each year) and the River Songs Summer Series. As a choreographer, Anderw prefers working with original scores. He has created works in collaboration with Robert E Hindel, Charlie Maguire (National Park Service "Singing Ranger") and the rock group Mock Duck. His choreographic works include "Pachelbel", "At the Museum", "Nutcracker", "Italian Symphony" and in 2006 "Black Dog Cafe". "Beethoven's 9th Symphony", choreographed in 2008, recieved standing ovations to a sold out opening run. Andrew teaches in the school. He has been nominated and included in three editions of 'Who's Who Among American Teachers.' Only 5% of the nation's teachers are honored in each edition and less than 2% are included in more than one edition.

Cheryl Rist, Andrew's wife, has designed all the costumes for every work he has choreographed. "Most of my works are deeply dependent upon the costume design, which will be quite obvious when you scroll down and veiw the photo gallery below"

In the Fall 2006, Ballet Minnesota launched its Fall Concert Series dedicated to the creation of new choreography. Andrew has created 4 new works for the fall Concert. 'Black Dog Cafe' (2006, 2007), 'Beethoven's 9th Symphony' (2008) and most recently Gershwin's 'Rhaposdy in Blue' and Mozart's '40th Symphony' (2009).

In January 2010, Andrew's first book was published "At The Museum: Adventures of the Ballerina Girls"

Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota, official school of BALLET MINNESOTA, co-founded by Andrew and Cheryl Rist in 1987.

LA BAYADERE (acts 1-3)



Don Quixote


restaged by: Cheryl Rist (after Petipa)
score: Adolphe Adam
costumes: Cheryl Rist
sets: Jim Arnold,Cynthia Betz, Lisa Gray
lighting: Mike Wangen

World Premiere
: Theatre de l'Academie Royale de Musiique, Paris, France. June 28, 1841
Ballet Minnesota premiere: Act 2 only: 1995
Ballet Minnesota premiere: Acts 1-2: April 29-30, 2005
Last performed (BMN): Acts 1-2: April, 2006

giselle photo guide


World Premiere: February 4, 1877, St Petersburg, Russia
Ballet Minnesota premiere: Act 2: May , 1996
Ballet Minnesota premiere: Acts 1-4: May 18-19, 2007
Last performed (BMN): Acts 1-4: May 16-17, 2008

restaged by: Cheryl Rist (after Petipa)
score: Peter I Tchaikovsky
costumes: Cheryl Rist
backdrop: Mary Novodvorsky
sets: Jim Arnold,ynthia Betz, Lisa Gray
lighting: Mike Wangen
photography: Dave Trayers

Swan Lake guide



Black Dog Cafe


Rhapsody In Blue