Tulsa Ballet…then and now

The story of Tulsa Ballet began in 1956. Husband and wife Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin, and musician Rosalie Talbott, founded Tulsa Ballet Theatre, blending classical dance with dramatic theatre. Internationally known dancers in the Ballet Russe tradition, Jasinski and Larkin set the tone for artistic excellence—a foundation that has been preserved and built upon for decades.

Today, Tulsa Ballet annually reaches more than 40,000 individuals across Oklahoma and employs a multi-cultural roster of dancers comprised of 29 highly-skilled professionals representing 14 different countries. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet has reached new heights on the stage, while bringing unprecedented recognition to Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma by developing an artistic reputation marked by innovative works with international impact. Regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America, Tulsa Ballet consistently brings the finest works in classical and contemporary dance to the Midwest region, giving audiences a unique opportunity to view world-class ballet in the heartland of America.

Tulsa Ballet in the community

Tulsa Ballet believes that all individuals in our community deserve access to the arts, and we are committed to providing arts education and outreach through the Center for Dance Education. Since its inception in 2003, the CDE has quickly become recognized as the region’s leading ballet training facility with an annual enrollment of approximately 400 students. CDE reaches out to children and families from underserved communities through programs geared toward dance education, promotion, and appreciation, serving more 8,000 individuals annually.