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

Christmas is magic. It sweeps me away. Back to childhood. Joy. Innocence. Nutcracker is Christmas. It sweeps me away. Into imagination. Into a new world—but a familiar one. For as long as I can remember I’ve been carried by the magic of Nutcracker. As a child I would place costumes on my parents couch and … Continued

Stage + Studio, A Louisville Ballet Blog: “Learning the Other Side” by Annie Honebrink

Most of ballet is fun.  Like the music and the costumes and the pink slippers.  Even the not fun parts like the sweating and sore muscles and remembering steps and corrections is fun.  Christmas was the best time of year.  And with Christmas came Nutcracker.  And with Nutcracker came performing.  But before you got to … Continued

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

I remember my heart beating a little faster and my legs not wanting to stay still. I remember not wanting to blink, taking it all in. I remember stunning costumes and breathtaking music. The soft patter of pointe shoes lightly tapping the stage floor. I remember feeling big inside. Full. The ride home was constant … Continued

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

I am always inspired by the ability movement has to express emotion.  The way human bodies can be shaped, formed, and moved to embody a certain feeling or idea.  The way limbs can speak stories—the stories of the soul.  The ones too difficult to be translated into words.  The ones that are often times beyond … Continued

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

Funny how much we can learn from children. How they can remind us how to love. How to look. How to laugh. Funny how they can see with their hearts and listen with their eyes. And their big wide gazes can penetrate those deep dark places we hide inside. The ones we’d rather forget exist. … Continued

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker: Special Events!

Drosselmeyer’s Workshop Saturday, December 9, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:30 AM – 1 PM The Kentucky Center Join Drosselmeyer the toymaker and the children’s casts from The Brown-Forman Nutcracker for holiday fun and festivities at a pre-show party before each Saturday matinee performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker! Tickets are $25 per … Continued

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

Enchant. Mesmerizing, Captivating movement. As we all come together and Unite. Unite And breathe as one, Allowing the music To pave the path and tell our limbs To move. To move Together and Create a song that draws Us in, forever in our hearts— Pulling. Pulling Our souls, singing Us awake, tugging at Those hidden … Continued

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

Louisville Ballet dancer Annie Honebrink shares a poem about ballet rehearsal. On their knees, tiny little hands pressed against the studio window, wide eyes gazing with wonder at the dancers. Rehearsing. All process and no arrival. Not the dancers in fancy costumes and layers of makeup to hide imperfections. The dancers with stage-lights and scenery … 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