Dayton Ballet

Join Dayton Ballet as they explore new horizons in dance in the 2018–2019 season. In September, the full company takes the stage alongside Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic in the Season Opening Spectacular, with a striking interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. October witnesses the return of the acclaimed Dracula: Bloodlines to set the stage for the late autumn season.

The December holiday season would be incomplete without a visit to the Land of Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, which returns once again for ten incredible performances. February brings a varied collection of bold works for the powerful program called Perspectives.

The season closes in April with a brand-new production of Tchaikovsky’s entrancing Sleeping Beauty, presented for the first time in the Schuster Center with live orchestral music from the Dayton Philharmonic. Karen Russo Burke has choreographed a beautiful version of this timeless classic that is sure to delight audiences with a story close to so many hearts.
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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 serves as a teacher at Dayton Ballet School and Director of Dayton Ballet II pre-professional company for 12 years. Burke was a professional dance for more than a dozen years, performing leading roles with dance legends such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Gerald Arpino, and Septime Webre.