736 National Ave
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 736 National Ave
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 252-5245
Fax 859 252-7925
Contact Name Brienne Lowry
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Orlando Viamontes and Kelsey Van Tine dance the Black Swan Pas de Deux
At A Glance
Former Names
Ballet Theatre of Lexington
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Other ways to support Kentucky Ballet Theatre include volunteering, mailing a check, or providing advertising opportunities.  
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Your business or organization could support KBT by buying an advertisement in its performance season program, sponsoring one of the company dancers for the season, or even by helping to underwrite one of KBT's productions.  Supporting KBT means exploring a new market, and it's a great way to show how your business or organization is proud to invest in the local arts community.
Volunteers are needed to help out with KBT's spring fundraiser, selling programs at the Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Volunteers are also welcome to help with planning and executing the summer fundraiser, the International Dinner.  Special programs aimed at building and diversifying KBT's audience will benefit from volunteer help during the 2014-15 performance season.  Please email or contact KBT offices if interested, or for more information.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
KBT's mission: To provide Lexington and Central Kentucky with artistic, cultural and educational enrichment as a professional ballet company in residence through performances of original works, classical ballet, and educational programs; to provide artistic and educational outreach to Central and Eastern Kentucky communities with touring and school shows; to equip students of all backgrounds with classical dance instruction in a nurturing environment at the KBT Academy, while offering them performance opportunities with the professional company.

Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s artistic objective is to be true to the art form of ballet while performing both traditional and neo-classical ballets in addition to producing new works that are accessible, entertaining, and creative.

Background Statement

Kentucky Ballet Theatre was born almost sixteen years ago, in September of 1998. Upon the dissolution of the Lexington Ballet’s professional corps in April of 1998, many of the dancers decided to form their own company. With the help of some brave Lexington citizens who formed the first Board of Directors, they opened their doors as Ballet Theatre of Lexington, and changed the name to Kentucky Ballet Theatre two years later.

Since the fall of 1998, KBT has been committed to bringing quality and innovation to Lexington and Central Kentucky audiences with three or four productions yearly at the Lexington Opera House, as well as performances in other venues. KBT is also committed to original choreography, and has produced several new ballets, including Hoops, Pinocchio, Witches of Doon, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, and CarmenThe Wizard of Oz was voted “Best Local Theatre Production of 2004-05” in Ace Magazine Reader’s Poll.

Also in 1998, KBT began its Academy for ballet students of all ages. These students are trained by the Ballet’s professional dancers, and as of last year, the Academy has grown to include 100 enrollments.

The Ballet employs twelve dancers under 22-week contracts, including the Artistic Director, who enjoy health and dental insurance as well as workers compensation insurance. The Ballet’s administrative staff includes an Executive Director, a part-time Office Manager, a Board of Directors consisting of fourteen hardworking people, and many dedicated volunteers.

Impact Statement
Kentucky Ballet Theatre is very proud of the artistic quality of its product, and has become known for bringing original family-friendly ballets to the Lexington stage, and innovative educational outreach to Central and Eastern Kentucky.  In early 2013, KBT hosted an outreach program at Morehead State University for the students of Rowan, Estill and several other surrounding counties, reaching nearly 5,000 students in a performance-based outreach program. In May 2013, the company dazzled audiences with the stunning, full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty.
In October 2014, the company leadership successfully secured LM Communications as their media sponsor for the season.
From the current production season (2014-15), Kentucky Ballet Theatre created and produced a regional premier of the oldest classical ballet, La Sulphide. Artistic Director Norbe Risco, an Al Smith Fellow for excellence in choreography, developed his own version of this Royal Danish ballet.  In December 2014, Kentucky Ballet Theatre brought back another original and fan-favorite for the holiday season, The Night Before Christmas. The spring season will tell classic stories of Beauty & The Beast and Cinderella at the Lexington Opera House.
Additionally, Kentucky Ballet Theatre is delighted to announce a partnership with Maker's Mark for Kentucky Bourbon & Ballet on May 9, 2015 in which they will perform a repertory concert for an outdoor evening with a bourbon dinner by celebrated chef, Jonathan Lundy. 
Financial goals for the 2014-15 season are expansion of the donor pool, nurturing existing corporate and business sponsorship, and exploring opportunities for new partnerships.  Expanding KBT's mission for the 2014-15 season will involve continuing to grow the educational outreach program, which continues to get stronger every year, bringing fun and learning about dance and physical activity to school kids in counties throughout the region.
An increased marketing and visibility initiative couples with donor development and increased regional reach. 
Needs Statement
KBT is very thankful for its continued support from volunteers and sponsors, but continues to need:
-Donations large and small
-Sponsorship of KBT's individual productions, or entire production seasons, or KBT's individual dancers
-Volunteers to donate their expertise: no matter what your background, KBT could use your experience and time for many aspects of production and operation, from help with marketing and promotion, to donating an annual financial audit if qualified to do so.
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Kentucky Ballet Theatre performs mostly in Lexington, but has a very strong program of educational outreach that brings school shows to counties all over Central and Eastern Kentucky every year.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Kentucky Ballet Theatre aims to increase funding and marketing reach, explore new performance venues and continue to serve its community with exceptional artists, performances and education opportunities with their academy and outreach programming.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Jan Foody
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Oct 2012 to Oct 2014
Board Members
Brigid DevriesRetiredVoting
Mrs. Jan FoodyRetiredVoting
Cathryn GibsonLM Communications
Mrs. Lorraine HayesRetiredVoting
Susan HerrenRetiredVoting
Paul Evans Holbrook PhDUniversit of Kentucky King Library Press, Stella's Kentucky DeliVoting
Brienne LowryKBT
Donna PhillipsRetired, LFUCG Division of PoliceVoting
Norbe RiscoKentucky Ballet TheatreVoting
Sandy RobinsonRetiredVoting
Ms. JoEllen WilhoiteWTVQ
Tim Yessin5/3rd BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 24
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Danby CarterCommunity Volunteer
Ken Martin
Barbara Mostert
Renee Mussetter
Jill Hall Ross
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Brienne Rose Lowry
Term Start Mar 2014
On Pointe Media - Owns and operates small web, design and media development business - Since July 2013
American Ballet Theatre's Summer Program - New York City - Education Department: Arts Administration Staff - 2 years
Burklyn Ballet Theatre - Johnson, Vermont - Arts Administration Staff - 3 years  
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 87%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director

Norbe Risco has served as Artistic Director of Kentucky Ballet Theatre since 2001.

Mr. Risco began his dance training in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1980. He graduated in 1988 from the Professional Art School. Upon graduation, he was invited to dance as a guest artist at the Teatro Nuovo in Turin, Italy. On his return from Italy, Mr. Risco was invited to join the Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1990, he became principal dancer and toured to Greece, Cyprus, Brazil, Venezuela, Jamaica, Mexico, Martinique and Guadeloupe Islands.

In 1993 he joined the Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico, under the direction of Ann Marie D’Angelo and Fernando Bujones (1995-1996). Mr. Risco has also worked with choreographers and dancers such as Melissa Haydn, Cynthia Gregory, Kevin McKenzie, and Ivan Nagy. He has been a member of Ballet Theater of Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Risco has excelled as a choreographers as Artistic Director of Kentucky Ballet Theatre.  His original ballets include His other original ballets include "Hoops" (a comic tribute to Kentucky basketball), "Pinocchio," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Witches of Doon" (based on Robert Burns' poem "Tam O'Shanter").  His newest original ballet is a completely new creation for the Christmas season as an alternative for the very traditional "Nutcracker."  It is called "The Night Before Christmas," and it premiered at the Lexington Opera House in December of 2012.  
In 2011, the Kentucky Arts Council granted Risco the Al Smith Fellowship for Excellence in Choreography. 
Title Academy Director

Rafaela Cento Muñoz, a native of Cuba and now an American citizen, retired as a dancer in 2010 but was the principal female dancer of the Kentucky Ballet Theatre since its founding in 1998.

She was trained at the Camaguey Ballet Academy and the Professional Ballet Academy of Cuba. From 1989 to 1996 she danced with the Camaguey Ballet Company under the direction of Fernando Alonzo, and with the Monterrey Ballet Company under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 1989 Ms. Cento Muñoz received both the Gold Medal and the Grand Prix for best female performance in the National Ballet Festival of Cuba.

She has toured with the Camaguey Ballet Company in Brazil, Uruguay, Jamaica, Venezuela, Mexico, Martinique, and Guadaloupe Islands. Her classical repertory includes principal roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Paquita, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, La Vivandiere, La Fille Mal Gardée, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Carmen (Carmen), The Nutcracker, and many others.

With her husband, Norbe Risco, Ms. Cento Muñoz also choreographed The Nutcracker based on the original version,Dracula, Wizard of Oz, The Witches of Doon, Carmen, andPhantom of the Opera. She is the Costume Designer for KBT and also does some of the staging for KBT productions. Rafaela and Norbe have been part of Ballet Under the Stars for 16 years. Since 2003 Rafaela has directed the KBT Academy.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

A central part of KBT's mission is providing accessible ballet for Central Kentucky families, to help inspire the next generation of dance lovers.  A regional premier, this ballet was created based on the Royal Danish classic in fall 2014, and performed in October at the Opera House.

Budget 46000

After the success of KBT's new Christmas ballet in 2012, the organization decided to rotate the original holiday classic, The Nutcracker, with The Night Before Christmas, in the winter of 2014., The Night Before Christmas returned to the Opera House stage in December of 2014.  Perhaps no other ballet in the company's repertoire combines all of its unique assets into one beautiful package; The Night Before Christmas showcases the talents of the Academy students, as well as the astonishing skill of the company's twelve professional classically-trained dancers.

Budget 46000

Kentucky Ballet Theatre's production of Beauty & the Beast is second to none! Custom built costumes, creative choreographic interpretations, and the classic love story boasts a performance of gorgeous music, multimedia, enchanted characters and more.

Budget 46000
Description In May of 2015 at the Lexington Opera House, KBT will wrap up its season with a return to classical ballet.  This fairy tale romance and silly step-sisters will highlight the technique and humor of KBT’s company while enchanting audience members of all ages with goregous dancing to a beautiful Prokofiev score.
Budget 46000
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2010
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kentucky Ballet Theatre has worked for many years with The Lexington Vintage Dance Society, and the two organizations cooperate together for many of Kentucky Ballet Theatre's full-scale ballet productions.  KBT also is proud to collaborate with the Lexington Children's Theatre, bringing their Starlight Singers to KBT's shows to sing in the lobby before the ballet begins.  In 2012, KBT brought regional musicians together to form the KBT Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Roller, for its production of "Wizard of Oz." KBT has also collaborated with the Central Kentucky Scottish Country Dance Society, Lexington Studio Players, and for the current and upcoming season will draw guest dancers from the Cincinnati Conservatory and Southwest Florida Ballet.
KBT also collaborates with a large number of non-arts organizations to bring children and adults to ballets who might not be able to see them otherwise.  These include: The Girl Scouts Bluegrass Wilderness Road Council,  
The Methodist Home, Harvest Worship Center, UK Student
Services, Salvation Army Family Shelters, Volunteers of America's Homeless Veterans Transitional Treatment Program, M.A.S.H.
Services of the Bluegrass, West End Community Empowerment Project (Lexington), and the public school systems of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
Al Smith Individual Artist Award: Choreography, to Norbe RiscoKentucky Arts Council2011
Best Local Theatre Production, 2004-05, for KBT's The Wizard of OzAce Magazine2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
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 $310,000.00
Projected Expenses $310,000.00
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$73,312$64,905$98,147
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7$10$16
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$10,311$6,081
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$253,987$262,749$277,000
Administration Expense$36,025$34,879$26,281
Fundraising Expense$0$5,631$3,721
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.991.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%87%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$12,461$6,452$3,882
Current Assets$8,605$2,604$238
Long-Term Liabilities$21,273$17,116$3,243
Current Liabilities$6,630$2,244$10,334
Total Net Assets($15,442)($12,908)($9,695)
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990 EZ 2010
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments As of August 2012, KBT is completely debt-free: all bank debt has been repaid, and the board member loan was partially repaid and the remainder was converted into a donation to the organization.
Address 736 National Ave
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 252-5245
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Brienne Rose Lowry
Board Chair Mrs Jan Foody
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired