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 Ballet under the direction Robert Gardner dancing notable roles in Sylvia Pas de Deux, Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?. In 2010 he returned home to Louisville Ballet where he has had the opportunity to perform in some of his favorite works, such as: Coppelia, Three Musketeers, “Neapolitan” in Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Square DanceKammermusik, Western Symphony; Serge Lifar’s Suite En Blanc, Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring, 10 Beautiful ObjectsFragile Stasis, Union, Petrouchka and Cold Virtues, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, and Ma Cong’s Tethered Pulse. In the summer of 2015 Ryan was given the opportunity to go on a dancer exchange with The Australian Ballet where he was able to train, travel and perform with the company. While in Australia he had the privilege of dancing in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella at the State Theatre in Melbourne as well as tour with the company to Adelaide where he danced in Giselle at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. This will be Ryan’s seventh season with the Louisville Ballet.