Ballet Director Mixes Dance And Elegance

| March 8, 2012

As Artistic Director and Executive Director of the Louisville Ballet, Bruce Simpson has a lot to smile about.

Since his 2002 arrival, he has been guiding the company.

He’s seen many changes since he began dancing at age 15. With all those years of dancing, he brings with him more than three decades of experience in the international ballet world.

Within minutes of meeting him, you understand  that he has committed his life to the art of dance.

Meeting him informally at an event celebrating the Ballet’s 60th anniversary, I was entranced, hanging on every word. His passion for the arts is enchanting.

I left with a clear understanding of why the Louisville Ballet Company is considered one of America’s best regional companies and has the nation’s best costume shop. I also better understood  why our Ballet continues to thrive when most arts programs are suffering major setbacks.

For Bruce, leadership is a choice, not a position. His passion shapes the performance of those around him and determines the ultimate recital.

And what a recital it is.

As I think about it, I believe I know where my appreciation for the Ballet began.

It was the first time I saw The Nutcracker. And, believe it or not, I didn’t see this wonderful tale until I was an adult.

I remember being awestruck by the seemingly effortless beauty in which the dancers moved. The sounds. The movement. The feeling.

I’ve loved the Ballet since, but my love for the dance was rekindled last year at The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville presented by Churchill Downs.

The Ballet’s Principle Choreographer, Adam Hougland, recreated a piece from one of his original works The Rite of Spring.
This is one of his five critically acclaimed original works he has created through his career.

As America’s seventh oldest Ballet Company prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, it continues to enrich not only the arts but our community as well.

Bruce works hard to maintain the integrity and technique of ballet’s more than 400 years of history.

Stressing the importance of employing multi-cultural dancers who give an audience a worldview and bringing us a quality of product that measures miles beyond the size of our city.

While Bruce Simpson’s dancing career may be over, he’s not sitting in the dark when the curtain goes up.
He is the shining light that is guiding a jewel.

COMMUNITY JEWEL

You are invited to join in celebrating 60 years of diamond brilliance!

A once in a lifetime event to honor and support the artists and artistry of the Louisville Ballet will be held March 24 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St.

Formal attire appreciated. $150 per person for dinner, auction and dancing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

$50 per person for desserts and dancing beginning at 9 p.m. (includes two drink tickets, desserts and dancing).

You will enjoy music by The Bella Blue Band, a full bar featuring Brown-Forman products, an auction and a 2012 Range Rover Evoque Raffle Drawing!

To purchase tickets, call 502.583.3150, x222.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair
lkommor@voice-tribune.com
502.897.8900

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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