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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 Executive Director Philip Koester and 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 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

Philip Koester

Executive Director

Natalie L. Harris

Director of Content + Creative

Latara Appleby

Director of Development

Kristine Orms

Director of Education

Stacey Blakeman

Director of Community Engagement
Production Staff

Tara Simoncic

Music Director

Brian R. Sherman

Technical Director

Jesse AlFord

Lighting Designer

Kim Aycock

Stage Manager

Moira Cassiday

Company Manager + Production Assistant

Molly Duke

Costume Director



Javan Roy-Bachman

Facilities Manager
Administrative Staff

Erik Nelson

Executive Assistant + Board Liaison

Judy Heare

Finance Manager

Austin Desjardins

Institutional Giving Manager

Hallie Beard

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

Box Office Representative

Erin Miller

Box Office Representative

Seth Hinkle

Box Office Representative
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: Kelsey Corder | Christian Chester | Anna Ford | JonMarie Johnson | Tarique Logan | Jordan Noblett | Charlotte Van Ermen
LEVEL 9: Alexis Breen | Claire Churchill | McKenna Hoek | Addison Mathes | Gabrielle Savka | Claire Schoellerman
LEVEL 8: Elizabeth Hines | Chloe Puffer | Paige Riffer
LEVEL 7: Adrah Cook | Caleb Emory | Danika McNees | Ava Ownby | Sameer Rhodes | Ida Soranno | Gaven Stevens

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 currently in progress. In-person auditions at our studios will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Registration is required to secure your spot. Please note that we are not accepting video audition submissions at this time. 

Click here to find out more and to register.



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 not hiring at this time, but please feel free to contact us at if you have an interest in being part of our team. Please include your resume and details about why you would like to be part of our organization. Thanks! 

Board of Directors


Ralph de Chabert


Pamela Thompson


James E. Haynes**


Matthew E. Hamel


Erica Bachelor

Lisa Biddle-Puffer

Tanya Bowman*

Eden Bridgeman

Tiffany Bridgewater

Carolle Jones Clay

Janet M. DenUyl



* Ex Officio



Sherry M. Feldpausch

Mayor Greg Fischer*

Alan Kamei

Karen Koshewa*

Chris Hartman

Johanna G. Howard

Katherine P. Langan



** Former President


Regan Nichols

Allison O’Grady

Steve Poe

Sharon Potter

Teresa Reed*

Ellen Hirsch Shapira

Ted Smith



John A Stough, Jr.

William Strench

Carl Thomas

James Welch, 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

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


Please note that our Studios, Box Office, and Administrative offices are currently not open to the public. We appreciate your patience as we strive to create the safest environment possible for our dancers, staff members, and students at this time.

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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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