Darren McIntyre

Originally from Australia, Darren is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School where he was the recipient of The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Award for Choreography, The Sir Robert Helpmann Bursary, and the Young Australian of The Year Arts Award.  Mr. McIntyre has toured extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe and South America, performing a wide … Continued

Lexa Daniels

Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Lexa began her dance training at the Northeast School of Ballet under the direction of Denise Cecere. She continued her education at the University of Utah, graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Ballet. Lexa began her professional career with Portland Ballet in Maine before joining Louisville Ballet as a … Continued

Shelby Shenkman

Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Shelby Shenkman began her dance training at Dance Dimensions and the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater under the direction of Angela Mauti.  In 2014 she graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance with honors and a minor in Strategic Communication. Shelby is thrilled to have … Continued

John Aaron Brewer

John began dancing in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. He continued his training at the Miami City Ballet School under artistic director Edward Villella. John has worked with companies such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and First State Ballet Theatre until joining Louisville Ballet in 2016.

Kristopher Wojtera

Born in Poland, Kristopher began his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland. He danced with the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw, where he performed roles in variety of classical and contemporary works throughout Poland and Europe. Upon moving to the United States, he became a soloist with Columbia City Ballet (South … Continued

Benjamin Wetzel

Benjamin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began studying ballet at a relatively late age. Upon completing high school, Benjamin continued his studies at Point Park University under Dana Arey, Lindy Mandradjieff, Jay Kirk, Susan Stowe, Ernie Tolentino, and Garfield Lemonius. Following his graduation from university, Benjamin danced for two seasons as … Continued

Phillip Velinov

Born in Bulgaria’s capital, Phillip began training at the State Choreographic School in Sofia, later transferring to the Alabama School of Fine Arts on a full scholarship. Following graduation, he joined the Alabama Ballet and won the first full performing arts scholarship in the 150-year history of Birmingham-Southern College completing B.A. in Dance with honors. … Continued

Ashley Thursby

Ashley grew up in Richmond, Missouri and began her studies in tap, jazz, and ballet from Tammie Sullard and Tanya Duncan. She received her formal training at age 9 from the Kansas City Ballet School on full merit scholarship and went on to study at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, LINES … Continued

Ryan Stokes

A native of Louisville, KY, Ryan began his training with the Louisville Ballet under the tutelage of Helen Starr, Patrick Hinson and Elena Diehl. He left the school in 2005 and began working for American National Ballet under the Direction of Armando Moldanado. After the closing of ANB in fall of 2006 he joined Minnesota … Continued

Kateryna Sellers

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Kateryna joined the Louisville Ballet in 2005. She began her training in Toronto where she studied with teachers such as Sean Boutilier and Glenn Gilmour. In 2005 she graduated cum laude from Butler University with a B.F.A. in dance performance. Since joining the Louisville Ballet, Kateryna has had the opportunity … Continued