The University of Louisville Dance Theatre presents its annual Spring Gala at 7 p.m. May 20 and May 21 at the UofL School of Music’s Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. The mixed-repertoire program will feature the work students have done throughout the year.

Selections will include classics such as “Swan Lake” as well as new choreography from dance theatre co-directors Chuck Bronson and Cynthia Bronner, Louisville dancer Theresa Bautista and student choreographer Jacob Lichtefeld. Eduard Forehand, who recently retired from the Louisville Ballet, will appear as a guest dancer.

“The real strength of the show is the variety,” Bronson said. “We run the gamut; all styles for all tastes and everything in between.”

The UofL Dance Theatre is a pre-professional ballet company affiliated with the UofL Dance Academy. Students in the invitation-only program are required to take a minimum of four weekly classes and attend rehearsals. The Spring Gala is for students who are apprentice level and above.

“You never know, you may see the next future star,” Bronson said.

Tickets for the Spring Gala are available at the door. The box office opens at 6:15 p.m. the day of performance. General admission is $15, $5 for students and senior citizens.


Niki King
Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.