Artistic Director: Pat George Mitchell Executive Director: Toni Erskine

  Thirty-eight years ago, a young dancer’s dream of creating a ballet company in her small town came true when she founded Longview Ballet Theatre. Pat George Mitchell believed ballet should be accessible to everyone, and she has spent her life developing the talents of young dancers and creating memorable ballets.

 Eight years ago, thanks to the generosity of our patrons, LBT was able to bring local company members and dancers from the New York City Ballet together on one stage. Rarely do towns the size of Longview have the opportunity to see world-class ballet dancers perform locally. The response from the community was overwhelming. Audiences were thrilled to see the intricately challenging and moving choreography of the great George Balanchine performed by members of the world’s best ballet company and talented Longview Ballet Theatre wearing one of a kind costumes.

In 2008, LBT moved its performances to the state of the art S.E. Belcher, Jr Chapel and Performance Center on the campus of LeTourneau University. Over 5000 people have seen productions of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

For the first time, our 2009/2010 season will consist of two productions: the holiday classic, Nutcracker and a spring performance. As LBT continues to evolve, we hope you will come along for the journey.

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