Ballet in the City launches Ann Arbor Blend to bring world-class ballet to The University of Michigan


Ann Arbor Blend debuts from Ballet in the City & Paramount Coffee. Photo by Gretchen Kyte. 


Who’s got it better than us?


-Jim Harbaugh

The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan: It frequently makes lists such as the Best Small Cities in the US, as well as one of the Most Livable. It’s home to the University of Michigan, named America’s #1 Best Public College by The Wall Street Journal. Its charming qualities and “maize and blue” spirit make it one of today’s most vibrant cities.

It’s what’s inspired Ballet in the City’s latest ‘Blends from the Barre’ coffee collaboration with Michigan’s own Paramount Coffee: Ann Arbor Blend.

In April 2017, Ballet in the City will headline its 2017 Season with a gala presentation of professional ballet at The Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at The University of Michigan. Who might these dancers be? That’s kept a secret for now, but suffice to say, southeast Michigan fans of the arts will be all too pleased.


Label Photograph is a lovely display of maize and blue. Photo by Alexis Ziemski. 

“As a child, I visited Ann Arbor frequently, and I’m proud to have family as alumni of The University of Michigan. Taking some of today’s most renowned ballet dancers to Ann Arbor this spring is an honor, and is full-circle from visiting there as a youngster. It means a lot to bring such prestigious art to a place I’ve loved for a long time,” says Jessica Wallis, executive director of Ballet in the City.

Paramount Coffee Company has partnered with Ballet in the City to support this endeavor. 100% of the profits from each bag of Ann Arbor Blend will go to fund the April 21, 2017 gala. Paramount has had a rich heritage of roasting and distributing high quality coffee products, and the brand name has been well recognized and synonymous with quality coffee products since 1935.  Based in Lansing, Paramount is one of the oldest and largest regional coffee roasters in the United States. Coffee lovers have enjoyed Paramount Coffee in restaurants, cafés and offices for years. That customer loyalty, grounded in the quality of rich, fresh coffee roasts, has helped Paramount Coffee expand its retail coffee business so consumers can enjoy gourmet coffee at home.



Named after the vibrant city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the smooth flavor and rich aroma of this full-bodied medium roast blend is everything you want in a great cup of coffee.

To support Ballet in the City’s efforts, purchase your stock of Ann Arbor Blend today: Ann Arbor Blend. Taste why no-body’s got it better than Ann Arbor.

Ballet in the City’s 2017 Season announcement including the Ann Arbor gala bill takes place January 6.


U of M Alumni Phil Munch enjoys Blends from the Barre as a way to support Ballet in the City.


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