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 Artistic Director Robert Curran, 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 has worked with some of ballet’s brightest lights 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

Natalie L. 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

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! We are not currently auditioning at this time. Company and Studio Company auditions for our 2021 / 2022 Season will be will be announced at a later date.



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


Penelope Peavler


Lisa Biddle-Puffer

Eden Bridgeman

Tanya Bowman*

David Calzi

Carolle Jones Clay

Ralph De Chabert

Janet M. DenUyl

Victoria Diaz


* Ex Officio


Mayor Greg Fischer*

Matthew E. Hamel

Kate Harney*

Peter Ashby Howard

Katherine P. Langan

Donald Lassere

Lisa Patrick Leet

Woo Speed McNaughton


Charles Moyer

Angela Zuvon Nenni

Martha Nichols-Pecceu

Allison O’Grady

Kent Oyler

Steve Poe

Sharon Potter



Teresa Reed*

Ellen Hirsch Shapira

Ted Smith

John A Stough, Jr.

William Strench

Pamela Thompson

Buck Wiseman


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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