Greater Lansing Ballet has participated in three international cross-cultural exchange projects to date. In 1995 the company participated in a two-month exchange with the National Ballet School of Gdansk, Poland. The exchange culminated in both groups performing in Sopot, Poland; Troy, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Lansing, Michigan.
The company’s second exchange occurred in 1997 when the company, in a diplomatic mission, represented Lansing as a Sister City delegation. The company hosted dancers from St. Petersburg, Russia’s renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy and the Mozaica Dance Troupe. Additionally, GLBC performed at the Red Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The 1997 exchange established a relationship with the pedagogue Maria Gribanova who has returned to Lansing annually to teach during Greater Lansing Ballet Company’s summer intensive dance program. Maria Gribanova is now the Dean of Faculty at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. With the support of the Sister City Commission, GLBC hosted an exchange with the Vaganova Ballet Academy in January 2003.
Greater Lansing Ballet Company was privileged to host the 2001 Mid-States Festival in East Lansing. GLBC performed in Regional Dance America’s first national festival in Houston, Texas. Since 1994 GLBC has performed in Kalamazoo, Flint, Ann Arbor, Interlochen Arts Academy, Napersville, Illinois, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas, St. Louis, Missouri, Anderson, Indiana.
In the spring of 2007 the GLBC performed during the Regional Dance America national festival that was held in Pittsburgh. RDA, which is comprised of five regions, had over 2,000 dancers participating.