Louisville Ballet's Production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 8 – 23, 2018
Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

The Louisville Ballet School students are given the opportunity to audition for children’s roles in this magical production. This is a chance for young dancers to be a part of a long-standing Louisville holiday tradition and to rehearse and perform alongside the professional dancers of the Louisville Ballet. The 2018 Children’s Cast Audition will take place on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Main Street Studios. Click here to learn more!

Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble Presents...


Fall Showcase
November 10 & 11, 2018
Louisville Ballet Studios

This annual performance marks the LBYE’s first show of the year. In November, the Downtown studios will come to life with a blend of original choreography and beautiful classics. The Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble offers patrons and parents the chance to see this wonderful performance. 

First Glimpse

February 9, 2019
Louisville Ballet Studios

First Glimpse was created as a way for our Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble dancers to gain valuable performance experience as they prepare for their RDA/SERBA adjudication. It is a preview to spotlight the purity of the dancers’ movements in new and challenging choreography while supporting their continued artistic development. We invite you to catch a first glimpse of the fine work being presented by our young dancers.

Ticket sales and proceeds will support LBYE travel expenses for the SERBA/RDA Festival in Athens, GA this Spring! Tickets for Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble performances may be purchased on Eventbrite.

Louisville Ballet's production of Cinderella
April 5 - 6, 2019
Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Currently enrolled students of The Louisville Ballet School will have an opportunity to be selected to rehearse and perform alongside the professional dancers of Louisville Ballet.

Spring Dance Festival
April 26 – 28, 2019
The Brown Theatre

Join Louisville Ballet and Louisville Ballet School in this year-end celebration showcasing the artists of the next generation! Witness the achievements and artistry of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Complementary Dance Program, Children’s Program, and much more! To purchase tickets call (502) 58-DANCE.

Hansel & Gretel
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Evening Performance
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Matinee Performance

Hansel & Gretel is a main stage feature ballet designed especially for the students of The Louisville Ballet School. Performers discover the art of storytelling through dance while sharing in the traditions of the full-length classical ballets. Showcase dancers attend regular rehearsals in addition to his/her regular classes.

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule
Spring Dance Festival Handbook
Volunteer Handbook - COMING SOON
Leave Request Form

Blackout Dates: March 30 - April 28, 2019

Spring Dance Festival Fee: $180 (Early Bird Rate is $160 for registering before August 31, 2018)
Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 8, 2018


Spring Collection – Electives
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Evening Performance

The Spring Collection features students in a wide range of dance styles offered in the Complementary Program. Dancers will learn choreography during class time that will be presented on stage as part of the Spring Showcase performance.  Spring Collection rehearsals for Complementary Dance classes will be made available as they are scheduled.

Spring Collection Fee: $90 (Early Bird Rate is $75 for registering before January 7, 2019)
Registration deadline: January 14, 2019
If the student is also registered for Hansel & Gretel, the additional Spring Collection fee is waived.


Spring Collection – Classical Ballet Repertoire
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Evening Performance

Upper Classical Ballet dancers have the opportunity to perform ballet repertoire as part of Spring Collection! This piece will be presented alongside other works from the Complementary and mind. body. balance Programs. This provides yet another opportunity for you to showcase your talents and hard work.features students in a wide range of dance styles offered in the Complementary Program.

Spring Collection Fee: $75
Registration deadline: September 22, 2019
If the student is also registered for Hansel & Gretel, the additional Spring Collection fee is waived.

Please note, the registration deadline for CB Repertoire performance opportunity differs from the published Spring Collection Deadline due to choreography for this piece beginning during the Fall Semester. Dancers will rehearse this choreography during their Repertoire class (Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm). Students who choose not to participate in Spring Collection are still welcome to participate in Tuesday’s CB Repertoire class as understudies.

CB Repertoire Blackout dates: April 13, 16, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27 
All Leave Requests for these Blackout dates must be submitted by September 22, 2018


Petite Finale

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Pre-Matinee Performance

Petite Finale is a showcase of our youngest students’ achievements. This informal showing gives our Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet students of the Children’s Program a performance experience, allowing them to share what they have learned throughout the year without the stress and anxiety of a traditional recital. A performance of Hansel & Gretel will directly follow Petite Finale at The Brown Theatre.

Participation Fee: Complimentary for Children's Program dancers

Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble Spring Repertoire

Friday, April 26, 2019 – Gala Performance
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Evening Performance

This performance showcases the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble and Louisville Ballet Trainees, featuring excerpts from classical as well as neoclassical and contemporary​ ​world premiere ballets choreographed by​ ​Louisville Ballet company dancers​,​ Louisville Ballet School faculty, and Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble members​. This program serves to enrich the artistic growth of each young dancer as well as delight audiences. This annual performance marks the final performance for LBYE before the dancers head off to the 2019 SERBA/RDA Festival in Athens, GA.