Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Homecoming” by Annie Honebrink

As the Louisville Ballet Season kicks off, dancer Annie Honebrink describes how it feels to come home in this week’s “Stage + Studio.” The first day of the season is a reunion.  Hugs, squeals, fast paced chatter.  Summer for us usually means travel, visiting friends and family, finding work, and trying to stay in shape.  … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Risk” by Annie Honebrink

In this week’s Stage + Studio, Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink explores the decisions that led her to become a professional ballet dancer. I like the safe road. The one more traveled by. The one where you can clearly see the end point. The destination is sure. Set. Secure. I like to know where I’m … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Storytellers” by Annie Honebrink

Most art, in my experience, tells a story.  At times that story can be simple—perhaps nothing more than an embodiment of an idea or emotion.  Some have characters, others not.  The characters can be complex and deeply developed; vague and ambiguous; clear and transparent.  The realm of creation is endless. When I teach the Ballet … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Personal Vignettes by Annie Honebrink

This week, we take a look into Louisville Ballet dancer Annie’s mind and what motivates her to dance. What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up Music speaks to the soul.  From a very young age—for as long as I can remember—it has told my soul to dance.  It breathes movement into my … 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

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

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Breathing Life into the Tale by Annie Honebrink

Characters breathe life into stories.  While plot may drive a tale and costumes and scenery enhance, it is the characters themselves that make a story come alive.  The Sleeping Beauty offers a broad spectrum of characters.  Peasants to aristocrats.  Good to evil.  Though fairy tales may often appear simple and frivolous at first glance, there … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Alun Jones and Helen Starr—Louisville Legacy by Annie Honebrink

“The Louisville Ballet is Alun Jones,” stated a dancer spokesman during Alun Jones’s directorship of Louisville Ballet.  Jones’s tenure as Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet, from 1978 through 2002, remains to this day the longest of any director with the company.  During these years, Jones, along with his wife, Helen Starr, developed the newly established … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: Dedication. Perseverance. Ballet. by Annie Honebrink

Becoming a ballet dancer is a lifelong process.  For most dancers, this lifestyle began as a child or teenager.  The interest or dream developed into passion; the occasional class, a daily routine.  Tendues and plies became the equivalent to algebra and grammar.  Blood, sweat, and tears; blisters and bunions—this was the regime.  The way of … Continued