Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.
161 N Mill St
Lexington KY 40507-1125
Contact Information
Nonprofit Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.
Address 161 N Mill St
Lexington, KY 40507 1125
Phone (859) 233-3925
Contact Name Jan Yon
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Nancy Dominguez teaching class
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1975
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate funds or gifts-in-kind:
By mail, or drop off  in person at the office
Funds can be donated via phone or online from www.lexingtonballet.org
Volunteer opportunities are available year-round for adults and students. Seeking pianist; backstage, props and costume assistants; office & public event assistants. Ballet dancer opportunities may also be available. Refer to the website for information.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement


and delight diverse audiences with vibrant classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballet.


and challenge all individuals to reach their unique potential by providing the highest level of classical ballet training and performance opportunities in a culture of self-discipline, creativity and respect for all.
collaborations that expand the availability, access, and appreciation for the arts in our community, making Lexington a unique and vibrant city in which to live and work. 

Background Statement

Established in 1974, The Lexington Ballet is Central Kentucky's premier performing company for classical and contemporary ballet.   The Lexington Ballet, comprised of a school and company, is proud to have brought 39 years of excitement, magic and artistic vision to Kentucky.  The Lexington Ballet presents classical and new ballet repertoire in Lexington and surrounding areas.

We train over 120 students in classical ballet and modern dance. Our company dancers present outreach activities in local schools reaching thousands of children annually.   
The Ballet is led by Luis Dominguez, the Artistic Director, and Nancy Dominguez, the School Director, and Ballet Mistress for the Lexington Ballet. Luis Dominguez began his ballet training in his hometown of Mexico City under Sonia Castaneda and Francisco Martinez.  He received full scholarships to study in New York with The Dance Theatre of Harlem as well as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  In 1988 he joined The Dance Theatre of Harlem and performed with the company around the world. After 18 years of performing with the company, Mr. Dominguez worked with some of the most prominent figures in the dance world. As artistic director, Mr. Dominguez has choreographed numerous original works and collaborated with many arts organizations. In 2009 he brought back the professional company  that currently employs 5 dance artists and 1 apprentice. Mr. Dominguez has created signature programs that elevate the standard of dance in our community. Nancy Dominguez began her ballet training under Michael Steele and Tomislav Vukovich in her hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. She received a full scholarship to train with with the Chicago City Ballet, under the direction of Maria Tallchief. Mrs. Dominguez has danced professionally with the State Ballet of Missouri, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet New England and The Dance Theater of Harlem, performing in some of the most prestigious theaters around the world such as the Acropolis in Greece, Teatro Romano in Spoletto, Italy, the Kennedy Center, and the State Theater in New York City. For the past 6 years, Mrs. Dominguez has taught all levels in the school. 
Impact Statement

The Lexington Ballet is proud of its 40 year heritage and of bringing another strong year of entertainment and education to central Kentucky. 

The ballet has demonstrated artistic and financial achievement with the 2012-2013 seasons and began the 2013-2014 by winning the Commerce Lexington Phoenix Award.  2014-2015 looks to be equally exciting, starting with an international tour to Nicaragua. 

·         The growing professional company performances  reach a wider, more diverse audience by bringing performances to new venues such as the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond,  the Betty Hamilton Center for the Performing Arts in Corbin, and Button Auditorium in Morehead. There will be many opportunities for community youth to attend these performances at special school rates.

·        The Lexington Ballet School has grown.  The Student Company has been  re-established and open auditions have been held for community children to participate in public performances with the professional dancers.
·        The ballets Outreach programs will continue to grow; serving dozens of schools in the Central Kentucky area.  The Lexington Ballet administers several scholarships for students with financial needs. The ballet was also one of the original organizations to host a Countdown to Kindergarten event to prepare children to enter school.  
Needs Statement
Your financial support allows us to present thrilling performances on the stage, instruct the next generation of dancers and reach out to the Lexington community with our new educational programming. Ticket sales cover only a small portion of the costs associated with public performances and outreach events. Private donations are critical to provide quality artistic and educational programs.
The ballet has numerous opportunities to volunteer from serving on subcommittees, helping back stage or with our parents organizaion. All experience levels are welcome and volunteer time will count toward student community service hours.
Board Chair Statement

I have been involved with the Lexington Ballet for nine years and in that time I have learned that there is so much more that pretty tutus.  I've been awed by the athletic training and talent of the dancers and the discipline, strength, and passion that carries into every part of their lives. I've seen students come in as preschoolers and graduate as highly-focused successful adults who apply what they have learned to a myriad of career choices from dance to engineering and medicine. 


This summer I have had the special opportunity to be part of the ballet's restructuring.  During a 90 day period, a new Board of Directors formed, established new financial management policies, and created new by-laws based on best practices of leading ballet companies. We have had the pleasure of seeing success in action during the summer events. The summer performance season included five different programs at Ballet in the Vines and Ballet Under the Stars. The Summer Intensive school program attracted students from surrounding counties and we were proud to to extend scholarships to three international students. In its third year, MAD-camp grew to a new location, with additional staff bringing new talent in Music, Art, and Dance. 


The upcoming year promises to be one of the best with Luis Dominguez directing favorites such as The Firebird, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella as well as new works and sponsored events. The company dancers; Lauren Tenney, Evan Pitts, Megan Coleman, Brittany Butler, Ayako Hasebe, and Anna Craig have truly gifted Lexington with their talent, energy, and commitment.

The school, directed by Nancy Dominguez, boasts an entirely professional staff and provides the finest ballet training in the area. The future is indeed bright and I've very proud to be part of it.



Sue Zearfoss

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Ballet
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Student Services
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Fayette County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Jessamine County
Scott County
Montgomery County
Madison County
Rowan County
Elliott County
69 counties in Central Kentucky
Your backing would help us continue to enrich the cultural landscape of Central Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Susan M Zearfoss
Company Affiliation Lexmark International, Inc
Term Feb 2017 to July 2019
Board Members
Ms. Lauren Case Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Ana Lia Castellanos MDUniversity of Kentucky Medical CenterVoting
Mr. Luis Dominguez Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.Exofficio
Ms. Nancy Dominguez Lexington Ballet Company, Inc.Exofficio
Ms. Cynthia Ryan Kelly Kelly Nursery, LLCVoting
Ms. Kimberly O'Donnell Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLPVoting
Mr. Lawrence Pemble United Family HealthcareVoting
Mrs. Marilee Varner Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Susan M. Zearfoss Lexmark International, Inc.Voting
Ms. Agnes Zimmer Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Agnes Zimmer
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to July 2018
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Mr. Cal Lawton Lawton Heavy Data Industries
Mrs Rebecca Silveston-Keith Ph.D.INVISTA
Ms. Hope Soch Jessamine County School System
Mr. Sam White MSI Production Services
CEO Comments A dedicated group of parents and people from the community commit countless hours every week to insure that the new governance of the ballet will insure fiscal responsibility and professionalism while maintaining the high artistic content of the ballet director and supporting the ballet mistress' efforts to train top notch student.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Marilee G. Varner
Term Start Feb 2015
Email office@lexingtonballet.org
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 10
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director
Experience/Biography Luis Dominguez began his ballet training in his hometown of Mexico City under Sonia Castaneda and Francisco Martinez. He received full scholarships to study in New York with The Dance Theatre of Harlem as well as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Dominguez was a soloist with the world acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem and performed with this company around the world. Mr.Dominguez has worked with some of the most prominent figures in the dance world. such as Suzanne Farrell, Bronislava Nijinska, Agnes de Mille, Frederic Franklin, Jaques d'Amboise, Laura Alonzo, Gelsey Kirkland,, Garth Fagan, Alonzo King, Glen Tetley and Michael Smuin. In 2003 after a national search he was selected to be the Artistic Director of The Lexington Ballet. Since then Mr. Dominguez has been recognized for his numerous original works and the staging of Classical Ballets. In 2009 he re-established the Lexington Ballet professional company. He has created signature programs that elevate the standard of dance, and is committed to sharing and educating children and adults alike about the art of dance. 
Title School Director
Experience/Biography Nancy Dominquez began her ballet training under Michael Steele and Tomislav Vukovich in her hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. She received a full scholarship to train with with the Chicago City Ballet, under the direction of Maria Tallchief. Mrs. Dominguez has danced professionally with the State Ballet of Missouri, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet New England and The Dance Theater of Harlem, performing in some of the most prestigious theaters around the world such as the Acropolis in Greece, Teatro Romano in Spoletto, Italy, the Kennedy Center, and the State Theater in New York City. Mrs. Dominguez teaches all ballet levels in the school and serves as the School Director and Ballet Mistress for the Lexington Ballet 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Lexington Ballet School serves several hundred students, has 2-3 performances each year.  All classes are taught by nationally-recognized professional ballet dancers.

The Primary division includes Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes for  for 3-7 yr olds. This program focuses on developing a love for movement, coordination and rythm.
Ballet instruction begins in the Elementary division with Level 1-3. This program teaches concentration, coordination and flexibility in the basics of classical ballet; the body positions, proper alignment and posture during floor, barre, balance exercises, center exercises; basic jumps, head spotting, pirouettes, diagonals and some complex connecting steps.
The Intermediate Division is Level 4-6. This program teaches more complex petit allegro combinations, multiple turns, pirouettes and grand allegro all with proper body alignment. Students MAY start pointe at this level.
The Pre-Professional Division is Level 7-8 is for advanced students aspiring towards a career in dance. This program has a focus on classical technique, accents, multiple turns, complex jumps and develops their artistry for the stage. This level may also perform with the Student Company.
The Open Division provides classes for ages 15-adult. These classes provide fitness and ballet instruction for drop-in students.
Budget 145000
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success Reinvented sponsorship events positioning the company for future growth.
The Lexington Ballet Company is Central Kentucky's premier performing company for classical and contemporary ballet since 1974.
The company currently has five professional dancers and one apprentice. 
Public performances are scheduled through-out the year in Lexington and surrounding counties.  Seasonal highlights include The Nutcracker during the holidays and participation in the Lexington Parks and Recreation's Ballet Under the Stars.   
Director Luis Dominguez creates many new works such as the Fabric of Dance series, 21 Century Ballet, and new for 2012, Ion Dance.  Classical repertoire includes The Firebird, Giselle, Snow White, and many others including Cinderella planned for April, 2012.
Performances take place at many Central Kentucky venues such as the The Lexington Opera House, EKU Center for the Arts, Betty Hamilton Center for the Arts in Corbin, Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, Singletary Center and Guignol Theatre at the University of Kentucky, Bradford Hall at Kentucky State University, Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.
Budget 166973
Population Served , ,
The Lexington Ballet Outreach programs are key to the ballet's community involvement.  The primary focus is education and youth programs as well as forming alliances with other non-profit organizations in Central Kentucky.
The ballet  works very closely with community schools to develop creative and education programs that serve thousands of students each year. These programs are designed to inspire a greater appreciation of dance and to introduce participants to the culture, music, and health benefits of this art form.  Many of these programs involve bringing professional dancers into schools for hands-on lecture/demonstrations and movement classes.  Also all public performances have school show offerings so that classes may attend at greatly-reduced cost.  These performances include additional instructional time,  student Q&A,  as well as study guides that teachers may use in the classroom before and after the performance.  Lastly the Lexington Ballet is a continuing participant in Countdown to Kindergarten which promotes school-readiness for youth entering kindergarten each year.
The Lexington Ballet is also active with other non-profit agencies through Charitable-Alliances.  Tickets are frequently donated to agencies that support the Arts, education, or health such as the Ronald McDonald House and Faith Pharmacy.  Dancers may attend other fundraisers to help promotions such as the Kidney Health Alliance of KY Sugar Plum Festival.
The Lexington Ballet has several scholarship programs to provide tuition assistance to students studying at the Lexington Ballet School. Each year 6-10 students received benefits based on need, merit, and their commitment to dance.  The Hannah Marguerite Thompson Scholarship and the Durborow Family Scholarship provide tuition for Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement students. The Lexington Ballet Scholarship support qualified students in Levels 1-8.
Budget 50000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Lexington Family Magazine's Family Favorite WinnerLexington Family Magazine2010
Phoenix AwardCommerce Lexington, Inc.2013
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $385,478.00
Projected Expenses $345,803.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$19,806$40,828$18,085
Individual Contributions$64,772$40,646$53,144
Investment Income, Net of Losses$373----
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events($6,542)($9,379)$519
Revenue In-Kind$25,426----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$340,234$282,799$264,639
Administration Expense$44,991$36,183$15,321
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.200.971.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$149,967$73,474$96,230
Current Assets$147,053$69,028$81,587
Long-Term Liabilities$2,528$3,057$2,560
Current Liabilities$5,363$5,064$6,696
Total Net Assets$142,076$65,353$86,974
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Lexington Ballet Company 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
The ballet has established a new Board of Directors to provide financial security and an updated governance plan for the Lexington Ballet. 
Financial security will be achieved through the development of sound financial policies for both the Lexington Ballet Company and the School. Income will be augmented through fundraising, such as thePointe to the Futurecampaign, and through grants. 
The governance plan will ensure security and exemplary instruction for the Lexington Ballet School, artistic independence and excellence of the Lexington Ballet Company, and a positive relationship among all the stakeholders of the Lexington Ballet. 
Address 161 N Mill St
Lexington, KY 405071125
Primary Phone 859 233-3925
Contact Email info@lexingtonballet.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Marilee G. Varner
Board Chair Mrs. Susan M Zearfoss
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lexmark International, Inc