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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
Ralph de Chabert
James E. Haynes**
Matthew E. Hamel
Kim Boland, MD
Carolle Jones Clay
* Ex Officio
** Former President
Janet M. DenUyl
Sherry M. Feldpausch
Mayor Craig Greenberg*
Johanna G. Howard
Harald Uwe Kern*
Ellen Hirsch Shapira
John A. Stough, Jr.
James R. Voyles
Donald G. Wenzel Jr.
state advisory council – congressional district representation
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS
Lee Purcell Best
Alexandra Gerassimides, MD
The late Phil Payne
D. Patton Pelfrey
Barbara Sexton Smith
Larry J. Steinberg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.583.3150 x 230 for more information.