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The Louisville Ballet, the state ballet of Kentucky, was founded in 1952 as a civic ballet company that employed guest artistic directors and choreographers on a production-by-production basis. In 1965, Larry Gradus was hired as the full-time artistic director with a troupe of temporary dancers. Ten years later, under the direction of Richard and Cristina Munro, the company achieved professional status by employing eight dancers to form the ensemble company. The Academy of the Louisville Ballet, now the Louisville School of Ballet, opened the same year (1975) with Alun Jones as associate director.

To date, the Louisville Ballet holds the distinction of being the only regional company with which Mikhail Baryshnikov has performed in repertoire productions. The company has 45 world premieres to its credit and a repertoire of approximately 100 works. The Louisville Ballet now reaches an audience of more than 100,000 people each year and is regarded as one of the country’s leading regional ballet companies. Dancers come from around the world to join the Louisville Ballet.


Program 523

A look back at 50 years of the Louisville Ballet, 78-year-old fiber artist Mary Craik, and 80-year-old rhythm and blues singer Mary Ann Fisher. (#523)

Program 541

A look back at 50 years of the Louisville Ballet, 78-year-old fiber artist Mary Craik, and 80-year-old rhythm and blues singer Mary Ann Fisher. (#541)





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