Remembering Bonnie Dance Thornton

Louisville Ballet remembers Bonnie Dance Thornton, our first prima ballerina from 1952. Bonnie Dance, known today as Bonnie Thornton, has left her mark with Louisville Ballet. She performed Fokine’s The Dying Swan for our very first audience on March 16, 1952 at 15 years old. As dance writer George Hubbard wrote about her first performance, … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Relevé Society by Annie Honebrink

“Louisville Ballet is a community and family…the welcoming atmosphere and desire to share with others the love of this wonderful art form is what makes Louisville Ballet and Relevé Society special,” states Relevé Society member, Elizabeth Malcom.  Art is a relationship between artist and viewer. Without our supporters, Louisville Ballet would not be able to … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Making Moving Art by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary Season explored the old and the new; the past and the future; uncharted territory and well-worn paths.  Read and learn more about the company and the Louisville Ballet School in June 2017.  Until then, here is a sneak peek into Louisville Ballet’s anniversary book, 65 Years Making Moving Art.  Art teaches … Continued

Review: Exquisite in Every Aspect

by Valerie Canon for Arts Louisville “The closing production of Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary seasons started with a curtain speech by the current director, Robert Curran and included statements by past directors Bruce Simpson and Alun Jones. It was a wonderful tribute to an amazing history. “The Prologue” shares the christening of the baby Aurora. … Continued

Review: Opulence prevails in ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

By Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal April 8, 2017 The Louisville Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” that opened Friday at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall was awash in opulent beauty – from lavish sets by Alun Jones to costumes by Jones and Peter Farmer. Even the Louisville Orchestra, led by conductor Leif Bjaland, added the required … Continued

Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Shows Louisville Ballet’s History, Progress

By Kathi E. B. Ellis for WFPL April 9, 2017 Friday’s opening performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” began with three generations of Louisville Ballet leadership taking their place in front of the grand drape — and it represents, in some ways, the group’s progress over the 65 years being celebrated this season. This version is … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Glancing Back; Looking Forward by Annie Honebrink

Louisville Ballet’s 65th Anniversary Season has given the company and Louisville audiences the full spectrum that this art form has to offer.  The Ballet opened its season with a program that emphasized the company’s broad range—from Balanchine’s 1947 Theme and Variations with tutus and pink tights, to Twyla Tharp’s 1986 In the Upper Room with … Continued

‘Sleeping Beauty’ a reunion of sorts for Louisville Ballet

by Elizabeth Kramer for Courier-Journal “On April 7, the raising of the curtain on “The Sleeping Beauty” will mark the Louisville Ballet’s sixth endeavor to present what choreographer Alun Jones calls a grand ballet upon which “all of the classical repertoire is based.” Jones, who introduced “The Sleeping Beauty” to the company 30 years ago, and his wife Helen … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Family Focus by Annie Honebrink

Family ties us together.  Holds us up.  Builds us into something more.  Bigger.  Fuller.  Family reminds us who we are and who we can become.  Family laughs together in times of joy and picks one another up in times of despair.  Louisville Ballet is a family.  Since its conception sixty-five years ago, a family based … Continued

Louisville Ballet announces 2017-2018 Season!

  Louisville Ballet Announces the 2017-2018 Season of Enchantment Showcasing the artistry and versatility of Louisville Ballet, the 2017-2018 season delivers the finest of the classics and the most exciting of the contemporary. Be transported. Be inspired. Be enchanted! LOUISVILLE, KY, March 27, 2017 – Louisville Ballet is thrilled to announce its 2017-2018 Season of … Continued