Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble


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The Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble was founded in 1952 as the Louisville Ballet Civic Company. Now in its sixty-third year, the Youth Ensemble is proud to be a founding member of SERBA.  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.

Here are some important dates and information:

Performance Opportunities:
November 13, 2016 LBYE Fall Showcase 
February 4, 2017 First Glimpse 
March 18 and 19, 2017 LBS Spring Showcase 
March 26, 2017 Collaboration with LYO (Ensemble dancers only)
May 2 - 6, 2017 National RDA/SERBA Festival in Phoenix, AZ
May 13, 2017 Primary Petite Finale
Black-out Dates for LBYE:
January 30 - February 4, Week prior to and including First Glimpse Performance  February 14 - 21 Week prior to and including Adjudication(21st)  February 18, 24, 25 and March 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, Spring Showcase Rehearsals
March 21, 23, 25 & 26, 2017 Rehearsals for Brandon Ragland's new work. Will be performed with Louisville Youth Orchestra at the Brown Theatre on March 25 & 26.

The Youth Ensemble also performs at the annual SERBA Festival (Southeastern Regional Ballet Association) hosted by Regional Dance America.  

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