Louisville Ballet's Production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 14 – 22, 2019
Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

Students of The Louisville Ballet School, ages 7-18 within the height range of 3’10” – 5’4″, 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 2019 Children’s Cast Audition will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Main Street Studios.
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In advance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Children’s Cast audition, The Louisville Ballet School holds an annual Audition Workshop designed to inform young dancers of what is expected of them during an audition. Topics will include audition etiquette, appearance, and the overall audition process. The 2019 Audition Workshop will take place at the Louisville Ballet Studios (315 East Main Street) on Sunday, August 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Participation within the Audition Workshop will hold no bearings on the outcome of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Children’s Cast Audition. The Audition Workshop is intended to help aspiring performers to put their best foot forward on Sunday, August 25. 

Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble Presents...


Fall Showcase
November 16 & 17, 2019
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 in an intimate setting. 

First Glimpse

February 16, 2020
Louisville Ballet Studios

First Glimpse was created as a way for Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble dancers to gain valuable performance experience as they prepare for their RDA/SE 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 RDA/SE Festival in Montgomery, AL this Spring! Tickets for Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble performances may be purchased by visiting Click here to learn more about the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.

Spring Dance Festival – Cancelled

It is with great sadness that we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Dance Festival. With recommendations from health authorities to cancel all events that congregate 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, producing our festival proves unrealistic and grossly irresponsible at this time.

We ask that you please be patient with us as we spend the next few days sorting out the logistics of this new development. We will continue to update our school plan as the weeks progress and we know what we are able to provide safely and responsibly. 

From all of us at The Louisville Ballet School, please stay home and take care of each other now so that we can see all of you very soon. 

Join Louisville Ballet and The Louisville Ballet School for this year-end celebration showcasing the artists of the next generation! Witness the achievements and artistry of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Children’s Program, Classical Ballet Program, Complementary Program, Pre-Professional Program, and Mind Body Balance! Click here to purchase tickets, or call (502) 58-DANCE.

Registration Information & Rehearsal Schedules for Spring Dance Festival:


The Last Unicorn is a main stage story ballet created especially for the students of The Louisville Ballet School in the Classical Ballet & Pre-Professional Programs. Performers discover the art of storytelling through dance while sharing in the traditions of the full-length classical ballets. Spring Dance Festival dancers attend regular rehearsals in addition to his/her regular classes.

Unicorns are magical and immortal creatures. They are solitary souls, so it is not until a migrating butterfly informs one unicorn that she is the very last of her kind, that she is troubled by the the absence of her kin. She is the last unicorn. This information creates so many more fears and questions than she has ever known In her life of eternal youth. She decides to leave the safety of her enchanted forest to search for answers. Though her journey will be long and full of perils, she is driven to uncover the truth…

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule 
Spring Dance Festival Handbook 
Volunteer Handbook
Rehearsal Leave Request Form

The Last Unicorn Blackout Dates:

All Leave Requests for Blackout dates must be submitted by October 12, 2019.

Spring Dance Festival Fee: $180 (Early Bird Rate is $160 for registering before August 31, 2019)
Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Please note: Pre-Professional Program students are automatically enrolled as part of their performance requirement with the Early Bird rate.



Complementary Program

Spring Collection features students in a wide range of dance styles offered in the Complementary Program (elective classes including Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern). Dancers will learn choreography during their Complementary Program class time that will be presented on stage as part of the Spring Dance Festival. Spring Collection rehearsals for Complementary Program classes will be made available as they are scheduled.

Spring Collection Blackout dates:
In-studio run-through dates:

Spring Collection Fee: $90 (Early Bird Rate is $75 for registering before January 11, 2020)
Registration deadline: January 20, 2020
If the student is also registered for The Last Unicorn, the additional Spring Collection fee is waived.

Classical Ballet Repertoire

Upper Classical Ballet Program dancers (levels VI –  IX) 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.

CB Repertoire Blackout dates:
In-studio run-through dates:

All Leave Requests for Blackout dates must be submitted by October 12, 2019.

Spring Collection Fee: $75
Registration deadline: September 14, 2019
If the student is also registered for the story ballet (The Last Unicorn), the additional Spring Collection fee is waived.

Please note, the registration deadline for CB Repertoire performance opportunity differs from the Spring Collection Deadline for Complementary Program students due to choreography for this piece beginning during the Fall Semester. Dancers will rehearse this choreography during their Repertoire class (Tuesdays, 7:45 – 8:45 pm). Students who choose not to participate in Spring Collection are still welcome to participate in Tuesday’s CB Repertoire class as understudies.


Petite Finale is a showcase of our youngest students’ achievements. This informal showing gives our Creative Movement 1, Creative Movement 2, & 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 The Last Unicorn will directly follow Petite Finale at The Brown Theatre.

Participation Fee: Complimentary for Children's Program students enrolled in Creative Movement 1, Creative Movement 2, and Pre-Ballet.


This performance showcases the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble and Louisville Ballet Studio Company, featuring excerpts from classical ballets as well as neoclassical and contemporary​ ​world premiere ballets choreographed by​ ​Louisville Ballet company dancers​,​ The 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 season.

Participation Fee: Included in annual Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble membership dues.