Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company.
Los Angeles Ballet is the city's own and only professional classical ballet company. LAB ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at five home venues. This model is strategic, part of LAB's mission to serve all communities - Los Angeles Ballet does the traveling, rather than asking its audiences to do so. In this way LAB's patron base has grown sevenfold over its first decade, and LAB dancers have been provided with increased opportunities to perform.
Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance outreach program was launched in October 2012.