Revisiting “The Making of a Dancer” by KERTIS

Originally captured during our 2015 / 2016 Season as we rehearsed our holiday classic, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker, this short film follows Company Dancer Erin Langston Evans, Children’s Cast Member (and now Louisville Ballet School pre-professional student) Ben Workman, and Louisville Ballet former Company Dancer and Ballet Mistress Mikelle Bruzina as they give insight at what … Continued

PRESS: You can’t cancel Christmas. How these Louisville theaters are keeping holiday magic alive

by Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY— The letter canceling “The Nutcracker” arrived in the heat of late July. It wasn’t exactly a surprise, but Kelli Archer still dreaded having to tell her 14-year-old daughter, Kate, she would not be performing in “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” with the Louisville Ballet. The unyielding coronavirus pandemic and continued … Continued

NEWS: Louisville Ballet Announces First Season of Illumination Digital Performances

Season Memberships are available now for full-access to these productions + all upcoming Season of Illumination digital performances and experiences pending announcement. Louisville, KY, October 15, 2020 – Louisville Ballet kicks off its unprecedented, innovative, fully-digital Season of Illumination with a compelling original ballet art film production, Kentucky! Volume 1, and family-favorite Louisville holiday classic, … Continued

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

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

The magician behind the new magic in Louisville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

By Eli Keel for Insider Louisville People often use the word “magical” to describe an evening at the ballet, or that special feeling they get during the holidays. But in the case of the Louisville Ballet’s version of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” the magic is built into the production. Marshall Magoon is a Bay Area illusionist … Continued

Unwrap Nutcracker Magic

Our most VIC (Very Important Character) appears in the studio as we prepare for The Brown-Forman Nutcracker! Experience Louisville Ballet holiday magic Dec. 10-22, 2016 at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Purchase your tickets online now via The Kentucky Center or call (502) 584-7777. Purchase Tickets to The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

2016 The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Special Events

Sugar Plum Parties Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11, 2016 Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18, 2016 11:30 AM – 1 PM The Kentucky Center Join children’s cast characters from The Brown-Forman Nutcracker for holiday fun and festivities at a pre-show Sugar Plum Party. Admission includes sweet snacks, photo opportunities with cast members and a … Continued

Brown-Forman Nutcracker Children’s Cast Auditions are almost here!

It’s that time of year again! Soon our studios and hallways will be buzzing with aspiring mice, soldiers, party children (including Fritz!), Madame Derby’s jockeys and, yes, the always sweet angels that greet Marie and her Nutcracker prince upon arrival at the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. If your young dancer has Nutcracker dreams, … Continued