By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Mar 17, 2022 at 1:37 PM

Music and movement will take center stage in a program that includes two world premieres and highlights the exceptional talent of Milwaukee’s professional dance company.

Two years after being postponed and then canceled due to COVID-19, "PUSH" runs Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3 at Marcus Performing Arts Center.

“After months of rehearsals and preparations, canceling PUSH in 2020 was heartbreaking for our dancers, choreographers, and staff, who put tremendous passion and work into every production,” shared Artistic Director Michael Pink. “To finally bring the program to life two years later will be quite emotional and reinvigorating for us all.”

The program includes the winner of the 2019 Genesis Choreographic Competition, Aleix Mañé Sáez, with a world premiere of SixthBreatH, a deeply personal piece more than two years in the making. Also on the bill are Alejandro Cerrudo, resident Choreographer at Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Stephanie Martinez, who makes her Milwaukee Ballet choreographic debut.

Milwaukee Ballet has a longstanding commitment to presenting new works on its stages and bringing in guest choreographers from around the world. PUSH marks the sixth and seventh world premieres this season.

“Our art form has a rich, storied history and foundation in classical ballet, but new works are paramount in our evolution and ability to connect with varied audiences,” explained Pink. “It’s vitally important for us to welcome fresh perspectives and diverse voices, and we are extremely proud to bring world-class choreographers and productions to Milwaukee.”

The PUSH performance schedule is as follows: 

•   Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. 

•   Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.  

•   Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. 

•   Sunday, April 3, 1:30 p.m.

To get tickets, call (414) 902-2103 or visit

PUSH marks the first performance this season for which Milwaukee Ballet and Marcus Performing Arts Center will remove COVID-19 restrictions. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will no longer be required. Mask wearing will be voluntary for patrons.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.