Louisville Ballet Tickets

The Louisville Ballet is the official state ballet of The Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is both a professional dance company and a ballet school. One of the most famous ballet companies in America, it is famous for working with contemporary choreographers and its repertoire includes historic pieces as well as modern pieces. This coming holiday season, the ballet will be performing its rendition of The Nutcracker which is the traditional way for most ballet companies in the country to welcome the Christmas season. Since the holiday season is fast approaching, Louisville Ballet tickets are selling quickly, so you should plan accordingly and welcome the Christmas season with the world renowned ballet, The Nutcracker.



Louisville Ballet


Brown-Forman Nutcracker


Kentucky Center - Whitney Hall


Since its inception, the company has grown to be one of the best dance companies in the world. Under current Artistic Director Bruce Simpson, the Ballet continues to embrace its philosophy of performing pieces that showcase its eclectic range of work, however, its foundation is deeply rooted in classical repertoire. 


The Louisville Ballet was founded in 1952 as a civic ballet company. In the early years the ballet did not have an in house artistic director and usually worked with guest artistic directors and choreographers, taking one production at a time. Larry Gradus was appointed as the company’s first resident artistic director in 1965, but they still worked with temporary dancers. In 1975, under the tenure of Richard and Cristina Munro, the ballet finally contracted eight professional dancers and formed its first ensemble company, thereby achieving professional status. 

The Company’s longest running artistic director has been Alun Jones, who was director from 1978-2002. Under his leadership, the company progressed multifold, becoming one of the premier dance companies in the country. Jones not only worked with other esteemed choreographers, but personally choreographed numerous pieces for the ballet, and did a lot of work on scenic design and costumes during his tenure. Following his retirement, Bruce Simpson was appointed as the new Artistic Director, a post he holds till today.

Under Simpson’s tenure, the company has continued to embrace its legacy of artistic excellence. It has commissioned fifteen of its seventy world premiers from world renowned choreographers, Amy Seiwert, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Graham Lustig and Helen Pickett.

The Nutcracker:

The Nutcracker is the annual traditional Christmas present which almost all major ballet companies in the country offer to the public in holiday season. Over the years, it has become an essential part of Christmas festivities in the country.

In 2009, the company introduced its own version of The Nutcracker, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Choreographed by Val Caniparoli, with scenic and costume design by Peter Cazalet, this is a reworked version of the classic, one which takes the best elements from the original and improves on them, to offer an amazing rendition of the famous ballet.  Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky sensational music is given life by choreography from the world renowned Caniparoli, and this version of the Nutcracker has been critically acclaimed.

A holiday celebration for the whole family, the show revolves around Marie and her Nutcracker prince, as they take you on a journey through the magical world of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring a wide array of fantastic elements from pirouetting pastilles to dancing soldiers, the show will have everyone in the audience lost in the magical world of dance.

So get ready to welcome the holiday season in style, and watch one of the most well loved ballets in American history being performed by one the best ballet companies in the country.


Interesting Facts:

  1. One of the greatest dancers of all time, Mikhail Baryshnikov has performed with the Louisville Ballet, during the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 seasons. The Ballet supported his performances in Houston and Dallas.
  2. The Louisville Ballet School (previously Academy of Louisville Ballet) opened in 1975, with Alun Jones as the associate director.
  3. The Ballet’s repertoire includes more than 150 works by both classical and contemporary choreographers.
  4. The Company reaches an audience of around fifty thousand people every year through its performances and outreach activities.
  5. The Louisville Ballet Center, home of the Company, received the Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design by the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Architects.