Dayton Ballet

Join Dayton Ballet as they showcase the athleticism and grace of our talented dancers in the 2019–2020 season. In September, the full company takes the stage alongside Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic in the Season Opening Spectacular, with a unique presentation of Haydn's Creation. In October, Dayton Ballet presents a repertory performance of ballets fitting for the autumn season with four works of artistry from four imaginative female choreographers.

The December holiday season would not be complete without a visit to the Land of Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, which returns once again for ten incredible performances. February looks at two of the most beloved operas through the breathtaking lens of dance with Love Vignettes: Carmen and Butterfly Suite.

Innovations closes the Dayton Ballet season in April with a varied collection of beautiful dances, including a new work from internationally acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong, a vignette of A Streetcar Named Desire, and much more.

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Karen Russo Burke
Artistic Director, Dayton Ballet



Karen Russo Burke

Karen Russo Burke is Artistic Director of Dayton Ballet. Prior to this role, Burke served as a teacher at Dayton Ballet School and Director of Dayton Ballet II pre-professional company for 12 years. Burke was a professional dancer for more than a dozen years, performing leading roles from dance legends such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, José Limón, Gerald Arpino, and Septime Webre.