making. moving. art.


Inspire human connection, collaboration, and creativity by making moving art.


Louisville Ballet, led by Artistic Director Robert Curran, is an evolved but accessible form of artistic expression that boldly and beautifully communicates stories both classic and new. We exist to move, to evoke emotion, to provoke thought, and to challenge perceptions. We are artists, athletes and activists. We are inventors and inspirers. We have been one of the nation’s leading ballet companies since 1952. As the Official State Ballet of Kentucky, we have hosted some of ballet’s biggest names including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp and Wendy Whelan, performed for tens of thousand 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

Nichole Gantshar

Executive Director (Interim)

Natalie Harris

Director of Marketing (Interim)

Kate Dobbins Bonner

Director of Development

Director of Finance

Kristine Orms

Director of Education

Stacey Blakeman

Director of Community Engagement
Production Staff

Tara Simoncic

Music Director

Brian R. Sherman

Technical Director

Michael T. Ford

Lighting Designer

Kim Aycock

Stage + Company Manager

Alexandra Ludwig

Wardrobe Manager

Amanda Jones

Costume Shop Assistant
Administrative Staff

Erik Nelson

Executive Assistant + Board Liaison

Jocelyn Hankins

Box Office Manager

Courtney Kaelin

Ticketing + Communications Associate

Paul Wheeldon

Operations Manager

Christy Corbitt Krieger

The Louisville Ballet School

Tara Gardner

Registration and Enrollment Manager
The Louisville Ballet School

Amanda Rollins

Administration Coordinator
The Louisville Ballet School

Audra Brian

Administration Coordinator
The Louisville Ballet School

Elizabeth Matthews

Outreach Program Manager

Molly Kays

Outreach + Development Coordinator

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 our 2020-2021 Season will be held on February 23, 2020 in Louisville, KY. Learn more and register for auditions below.




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.

We are currently hiring a Director of Marketing

Please see listings for more information on how to apply.

Board of Directors


James E. Haynes


James Welch, Sr.


Sherry M. Feldpausch


W.P. Wiseman


Lisa Biddle-Puffer

Tanya Bowman*

Jacqueline Brill

Carolle Jones Clay

Ralph De Chabert

Janet M. Den Uyl


* Ex Officio


Victoria Diaz

Mayor Greg Fischer*

Matthew E. Hamel

Kate Harney*

Peter Ashby Howard

Katherine P. Langan




Donald Lassere

Lisa Patrick Leet

Woo Speed McNaughton

Angela Zuvon Nenni

Martha Nichols-Pecceu

Sharon Potter



Penelope Peavler

Steve Poe

Teresa Reed*

Ellen Hirsch Shapira

John A Stough, Jr.



Lee Purcell Best

Shirley Dumesnil

Peggy Fowler

Alexandra Gerassimides, MD


Paula Grisanti

Marlene Grissom

Susan Grubbs

Beth Klein


Nancy Martin

Sissy Nash

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 Brian Sherman at or 502.583.3150 x 230 for more information.

Contact Us

Box Office

(502) 583-2623



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

Studio & Office

315 E. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202


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