Northern Plains Ballet Scales Back Expectations

Northern Plains Ballet, which had hoped to become the flagship dance company of its region with productions mounted in multiple cities throughout the Northern Plains states, has announced that it will cut the cities of Sioux Falls (SD), Grand Forks (ND), and Billings (MT) from its schedule in future seasons. That leaves the company with performances in only Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota, and a possible staging of The Nutcracker in Aberdeen (SD). Extremely low attendance and revenue shortfalls were cited as the reasons for the cutbacks.