Sweeney founded St. Croix Ballet in 1991 in the basement of her
Stillwater home. She built the program into one of the Twin Cities
top ballet studios. After a gallant 15-year dance with late-stage
breast cancer, Mz. Karla passed about in February 2015.
almost 20 years, St. Croix Ballet has maintained a non-profit
affiliate to promote ballet and dance education and performing
opportunities for students in the St. Croix Valley and the East Metro
region. In 2016, the former ‘Ballet Jubilate' became 'The Karla
Sweeney Foundation for the Arts' in honor of Mz. Karla.
2013, an annual 'Evening on Pointe' fundraiser at the Grand Banquet
Hall in downtown Stillwater has been held. The elegant event includes
dinner, a silent auction, and special performances by St. Croix
Ballet dancers. Evening on Point has become a beloved yearly
tradition for the studio and an opportunity to for the community to
further support youth and the arts in our region.
have also provided the link below to contribute to the Karla Sweeney
Foundation for the Arts at any time.