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 SERBA Festival hosted by Regional Dance America.  The Youth Ensemble is the performing division of the Louisville Ballet School 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, Pointe 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 18-19 Rehearsal Schedule 

Performance Opportunities

November 10 - 11, 2018 LBYE Fall Showcase

February 9, 2019 LBYE First Glimpse

March 23, 2019 Collaboration with Louisville Youth Orchestra

April 26 - 28, 2019 Spring Dance Festival

May 2 - 4, 2019 RDA/SERBA Festival in Athens, GA

Blackout Dates for LBYE

November 3, November 5 - 11, 2018 Fall Showcase Rehearsals

January 4 - 5 , 2019 Ensemble Only

January 7 - 12, 2019 January Intensive Rehearsal Week

February 4 - 9, 2019 Week prior to and including First Glimpse Performance 

TBA Possible dates for SERBA Adjudication: February 10 - March 18, 2019 (Blackout dates for Ensemble ONLY will be one week prior to adjudication date)

March 21 - 23, 2019 Collaboration with Louisville Youth Orchestra (Ensemble ONLY)

March 30 and April 12, 13, 17, 20, 23 - 28, 2019 Spring Dance Festival

Additional Important Dates

August 19, 2018 Youth Ensemble Audition Class & Orientation Meeting (LBYE Contract Due)

October 4, 2018 Pre-Adjudication for Emerging Choreography

November 13, 2018 LBYE Photo Shoot & Pizza Party