Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble


The Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble was founded in 1952 as the Louisville Ballet Civic Company. Now in its sixty-fifth year, the Youth Ensemble is proud to be a founding member of SERBA (Southeastern Regional Ballet Association).  The Youth Ensemble also performs at the annual RDA/Southeast Festival hosted by Regional Dance America.  The Youth Ensemble is the performing division of The Louisville Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program and serves as a nurturing and professional platform for aspiring young dancers and choreographers. 

Youth Ensemble dancers train at the Louisville Ballet School – the official school of the Louisville Ballet and premiere center for training and educating dancers of all ages. Students study with an outstanding international faculty in a comprehensive curriculum which supports both the serious student who aspires to achieve professional goals and those who elect to dance for enjoyment, recreation, and exercise. In addition to their own performances, the Youth Ensemble dancers have the opportunity perform with the professional company in a number of major productions each season.

We are proud of our alumni who have gone on to dance professionally with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, American Ballet Theatre, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, Barcelona Ballet (formerly Corella Ballet), Boston Ballet II, Colorado Ballet, Ft. Wayne Ballet, Houston Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Peridance and Sarasota Ballet, and those who have continued their dance education at NYU, Fordham (Ailey), Butler University, Florida State, University of Arizona, Ohio State University, Point Park University and Southern Methodist University. Many have received awards for their choreography and outstanding technique as well as scholarships to study with professional training programs including Boston Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Next Generation Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the School of American Ballet.


LBYE Leave Request Form

LBYE 2020-2021 Live Weekly Schedule

LBYE 2020-2021 Monthly Calendar

Performance Opportunities:
LBYE Winter Concert: December 5-6, 2020 (Filmed Performance)
Spring Dance Festival: May 3-9, 2021 (Filmed Performance)

Black-Out Dates for LBYE:
October 15th, 2020 (Thursday) - Pre-Adjudication of Adrah Cook's New Work (Ensemble ONLY)

November 30th - December 6th, 2020 (Monday through Sunday) - LBYE Winter Concert Performance Week (all levels of the LBYE)

January 4th - January 9th, 2021 (Monday through Saturday) - LBYE Intensive Rehearsal Week (all levels of the LBYE)
January 16th - 17th, 2021 - RDA/SE Adjudication Filming Black-out (Ensemble ONLY)

February 23, 25, 26, 27, 2021 - Blackout dates for rehearsal with A. Schermoly (Ensemble ONLY)

April 10th, 2021 (Saturday) - SDF Black-out Date (all levels of the LBYE)
April 15th and 16th, 2021 (Thursday and Friday) - RDA/SE Festival Black-out Date (Ensemble ONLY)
April 17th, 2021 (Saturday) - SDF Black-out Date (all levels of the LBYE)
April 20th, 2021 (Tuesday) - Final RDA/SE Rehearsal Black-out (Ensemble ONLY)

April 23- 25, 2021 (Fridaythrough Sunday) - RDA/SE Satellite Festival (all LBYE dancers who are attending)

April 28th, 2021 (Wednesday) - SDF Black-out Date (all levels of the LBYE)
April 29th - May 1st, 2021* (Thursday through Saturday) SDF Black-out Dates for LBYE (all levels!)
*May 1st (Derby Day) will be a condensed day with an early afternoon release so that everyone can celebrate the Derby!

May 3rd - May 9th, 2021 (Monday through Sunday) Tentative Spring Dance Festival Production Week (all levels of the LBYE)

Additional Important Dates:
Saturday, August 15 - Welcome Day & Virtual Parent Meetings