About Us

The Continental Ballet Company was established in 1988 by Riet Velthuisen, a native of Holland who has danced professionally with several European companies, including the Dutch National Ballet. Continental Ballet Company presents professional classical ballet performances and outreach programs in the suburban Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota.

Riet has choreographed and/or staged all of the ballets in the Company’s repertoire. Riet’s original choreography has won recognition by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts and has been appreciated by audiences all over the state. Her dedication and passion for the art of classical ballet is complimented by her commitment and vision for quality productions.

“the most spectacular performance I’ve ever seen”

“I’ve seen some good ballet before but this was exceptional”

“I couldn’t be more pleased”

“it was just superb, I had a fabulous time”  – audience comments