The Lexington Ballet Company is proud to announce that they will be hosting an International Exchange, June 5th-15th during their Summer Intensive program. The exchange will take place between Lexington’s premier ballet company and a group from the Arabesco Dance Academy in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Last June, a group of dancers from The Lexington Ballet visited Nicaragua to represent not only their ballet company, but also the State of Kentucky and the United States at the XII Gala Internacional de Ballet Clásico in Managua. Dancers, Alixandra Kish and Tyveze Littlejohn, led by Director Luis Dominguez, performed at the Gala, as well as various other venues, including the Arabesco Dance Academy during their time in Nicaragua. It was this journey of art and culture that brought these groups together and led to the upcoming cultural exchange.

Director, Marcos Valle, of the Arabesco Dance Academy will be arriving in Lexington on Sunday, June 5th, along with his wife and three students from his dance academy. They are overjoyed at the opportunity presented to them by The Lexington Ballet and are looking forward to the Lexington Ballet Company’s Summer Intensive.

The Summer Intensive program at The Lexington Ballet is a week long, all-day, focused program for ballet students from all over the world to come and grow in their classical ballet technique. The skills developed in this program include: ballet technique, choreography, pointe, and contemporary dance. During their second week of intensives, The Lexington Ballet will be hosting special guest instructor, Mel Tomlinson, who danced for The New York City Ballet, The Boston Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem during his professional career.

The Lexington Ballet is very excited to be hosting this exchange with the Arabesco Dance Academy from Nicaragua, and plan to offer them the cultural specialties Lexington has to offer during their visit. No doubt, the Arabesco Dance Academy will be sharing their unique culture with The Lexington Ballet as well.

There will be a public performance including an informational demonstration, comprised of both The Lexington Ballet and The Arabesco Dance Academy on Friday, June 10th at 4:00pm in the LexArts Performance Hall. Please come out and show your support of the local arts in Lexington, and engage with our special guests from Nicaragua!

For more information, or if you would like to get involved with this exchange, please visit The Lexington Ballet website at, or email Be sure to check out Facebook and Instagram @lexingtonballet for photos of this exciting cultural event!