Entire Minnesota Dance Theatre board resigns without explanation

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In a surprise move, the entire board of the Minnesota Dance Theatre resigned from the organization Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

"The organization remains solvent and critically successful," the resigning board members said in a statement. "We hope that the company and school will continue to succeed in the hands of a new board and the artistic director."

MPR says the resignation came as the MDT prepares to begin its second weekend of performances at The Lab in Minneapolis.

A request for more information from the resigned board members went unanswered, MPR says.

The Star Tribune says that the organization's most recent tax forms stated that the board had 20 members.

MDT, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, is perhaps best known for "Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy," a holiday favorite named for the company's founder.

MDT Artistic Director Lise Houlton, one of the daughters of the late founder, said in a statement that "with respect and gratitude" she honored the commitment of the recent board "to the mission and vision of MDT and its school."

She added that moving forward, the MDT will continue serving the company's legacy "celebrating the remarkable achievement of our Nutcracker’s upcoming 50th landmark, alongside our adventures into the wide range of dance dialects for our dancers, company and school."

Former MDT board member Jon Cranney told the Star Tribune that he was not shocked by the mass resignation.

“It’s a difficult enterprise. I have no inkling of what prompted this," Cranney told the paper. "I know there has been a lot of turnover on the board.”

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