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Bruce Simpson danced all over the world, from the Scottish Opera to South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet. His travels taught him that ballet companies dance like the city they live in.

“The Paris Opera is very chic. The Bolshoi in Moscow has this great sense of space like the Russian steps. The Royal Ballet’s incredibly aristocratic, and the New York City Ballet has got that New York energy,” says Simpson, who joined the Louisville Ballet as artistic director ten years ago.

What about Louisville? Founded as a community dance organization in 1952, the Louisville Ballet became a professional dance company in 1975 and now employs dancers from all over the world. This weekend the ballet will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Over the last decade, Simpson has had ample opportunity to discover what makes his new hometown tick. [click to continue…]

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Mural Project to Recognize Dancer Wendy Whelan

by ekramer December 31, 2009

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by ekramer April 3, 2009

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