making. moving. art.


Louisville Ballet makes moving art that respects tradition, encourages innovation, and fosters life-long learning. We inspire connection, conversation and a profound sense of community, by striving for bold collaborations, by nurturing the next generation of artists, by celebrating diversity, and by creating access for all.


Louisville Ballet, led by Chief Executive Officer Leslie Smart and Artistic Directors Mikelle Bruzina and Harald Uwe Kern, is an evolved but accessible ballet company committed to boldly and beautifully communicating artistic stories both classic and new. We exist to move, to evoke emotion, to provoke thought, and to challenge perceptions. We are artists, athletes, activists, inventors, and inspirers. Louisville Ballet has been one of the nation’s leading regional ballet companies since 1952. As the Official State Ballet of Kentucky, Louisville Ballet has worked with some of ballet’s brightest lights including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Wendy Whelan, performed for tens of thousands of people and reached over 20,000 school children throughout the commonwealth with educational programs annually.


When you give to Louisville Ballet, you’ll help us make a visible and tangible impact on communities statewide, partnering with internationally known choreographers, and programming ambitious works that establish us as a world-class jewel in Louisville’s crown.



Leadership Team

Leslie Smart, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

Regan Nichols

Chief Marketing + Development Officer


Director of Education

Stacey Blakeman

Director of Community Engagement
Production Staff

Tara Simoncic

Music Director

Kathleen Kronauer

Production Manager

Jesse AlFord

Resident Lighting Designer


Stage Manager

Moira Cassiday

Company Manager

Molly Duke

Costume Director

Joei Baldwin

Costume Shop Assistant

Javan Roy-Bachman

Facilities Manager
Administrative Staff

Ann Marciano

Director of Advancement + Special Events

Debbie Berry

Executive Assistant + Board Liaison

Hallie Beard

Content + Marketing Coordinator

Kateryna Sellers

Advancement Coordinator
Community Engagement Staff

Amy Haley

Community Engagement Manager

Molly Kays

Community Engagement Coodinator
Sales + Patron Services Staff

Elizabeth Matthews

Manager of Sales + Patron Services

Emily Vergason

Manager of Ticketing Operations

John Aurelius

Patron Service Coordinator
The Louisville Ballet School

Christy Corbitt Krieger

The Louisville Ballet School

Tara Gardner

Registration + Enrollment Manager
The Louisville Ballet School

Amanda Rollins

Administration Coordinator
The Louisville Ballet School


LEVEL 10 | From left to right, back row: Tarique Logan, Ruthanna Dalby, Claire Schoellerman, Gabrielle Savka, Samantha Schuermann, Claire Churchill, McKenna Hoek.
LEVEL 9 | Front row: Mackenzie Wandel, Elizabeth Hines, Shayda Honda, Hope Farrar, Paige Riffer, Chloe Puffer, Adrah Cook, Ezra Paisley

LEVEL 8 | From left to right, back row: Ella Feleay, Ida Soranno, Caleb Emory, Danika McNees, Gaven Stevens, Ava Ownby, Sameer Rhodes, Emmaline Fontanilla, Victoria Saboura.
LEVEL 7 | Middle row: Sarah Hutchison (standing), Jessica Bealer, Natalie Schreiner, Marissa Soluri, Andrey Obolonchik, Emi Makimura, Gwyneth Holliday, Abby Burnette, Kirsten Smerud (standing). Front row: Brad Delaney, Ava Dhira Metzger, Abigail Wyrrick, Guinevere Nelson, Desmond Atrostic

About the Studio Company

Louisville Ballet Studio Company, formerly known as the Trainee Program, is a tuition-free program designed to provide professional caliber training in technique and artistry in preparation for a professional career in classical ballet and versatility in various derivative styles.  Our goal is to further an aspiring dancer’s education and aid in the aspirations of gaining professional employment by providing the opportunity to experience work in a fully professional company environment.

Louisville Ballet Studio Company is a 4-year program forming Levels 7, 8, 9 and 10 – a post-secondary extension of the Pre-Professional Program at The Louisville Ballet School. These emerging artists are truly the bridge between the School and Company.

To be considered for Louisville Ballet Studio Company, a dancer should attend a company audition.

Those interested in learning more about Louisville Ballet Studio Company, or for performance bookings, please contact




Thank you for your interest in Louisville Ballet! Company and Studio Company auditions for the 2023/2024 season are now closed. Information about in-person auditions for the 2024/2025 season will be available in January 2024.



Thank you for your interest in being part of Louisville Ballet. We are a talented team of professionals committed to making. moving. art. in our community and beyond.

Louisville Ballet is hiring seasonal Box Office support. Apply on LinkedIn.


Board of Directors


Ralph de Chabert


Pamela Thompson


James E. Haynes**


Matthew E. Hamel


Erica Bachelor

Lisa Biddle-Puffer

Tanya Bowman*

Tiffany Bridgewater

Lindy Casebier*

Carolle Jones Clay

Toni Clem


* Ex Officio

** Former President



Janet M. DenUyl

Lee Dorsey

Sherry M. Feldpausch

Mayor Craig Greenberg*

Chris Hartman

Johanna G. Howard

Alan Kamei






Karen Koshewa*

Katherine P. Langan

Allison O’Grady

Steve Poe

Sharon Potter

Teresa Reed*

Ellen Hirsch Shapira

Leslie Smart*




John A. Stough, Jr.

William Strench

Carl Thomas

James R. Voyles

Donald G. Wenzel Jr.

Martha Wertz

Donald Whitfield

Buck Wiseman



Lee Purcell Best

Shirley Dumesnil

Peggy Fowler

Alexandra Gerassimides, MD


Paula Grisanti

Marlene Grissom

Susan Grubbs

Beth Klein


Nancy Martin

The late Phil Payne

D. Patton Pelfrey

Barbara Sexton Smith


K. Shaver

Larry J. Steinberg

Margy Thomas




Louisville Ballet currently has a large inventory of full-scale story ballets and contemporary one-of-a-kind pieces available for rent. Available rentals range from complete productions to dramatic drops, costumes or simple scenic elements. Please contact Kathleen Kronauer at or 502.583.3150 x 225 for more information.

Contact Us

Box Office

(502) 583-2623

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 6:00pm



Tel. (502) 583-3150
Fax (502) 583-0006

Studio & Office

315 E. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202


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November 11-14 2021
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Robert Curran
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 11-23, 2021
Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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January 12-22, 2022
Louisville Ballet Studios

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Spotlight Series: Impressionism to Jazz

March 3-5, 2022
The Brown Theatre
A mixed repertory evening featuring:


Choreography by George Balanchine

Music: "Pelléas et Mélisande" + "Shylock" by Gabriel Fauré

In G Major

Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music: "Piano Concerto in G Major" by Maurice Ravel

World Premiere Work

Music by Louisville-based Jazz Composer and Musician, Dick Sisto

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Sleeping Beauty

March 31 - April 2, 2022
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Adam Hougland
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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