Company Bio

Founded in 2014, The Marigny Opera Ballet is the resident company of the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now in its sixth full season, the Ballet produces original contemporary ballets to live musical accompaniment. The Company’s official school is Live Oak Dance.

Founder and Artistic Director Dave Hurlbert produces each season of dance, hiring choreographers, composers, musicians and designers to create new works during each season, usually spanning October through March. The company currently enjoys the support of over 100 subscribers.

The company includes 10 professional dancers and an apprentice who rehearse each day at the Opera House. Over its first five years the Ballet has attracted dancers from London, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Alabama and Mississippi. Their artistry has been recognized repeatedly by the annual awards granted by the Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans.

Company Directors
Dave Hurlbert, Founder
Jarina Carvalho, Ballet Master
Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, Rehearsal Director

Marigny Opera Ballet is funded and administered by the Marigny Opera House Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ballet owes its ongoing success to the dedication of its artists and staff, and to the generosity of its patrons, donors and corporate sponsors.

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Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts

Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation
Selcouth Liaison
Marigny Opera Ballet


Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts
Outstanding Choreography (New Work)
“I was told there’d be cake”
Maritza Mercado-Narcisse
Marigny Opera Ballet


Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts
Outstanding Dance Presentation (Full-Length)
Giselle Deslondes
Marigny Opera Ballet

Outstanding Choreography (Full-Length)
Maya Taylor
Giselle Deslondes
Marigny Opera Ballet


Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts

Best Dance Ensemble

Best Dance Presentation (Full Length)
Book of Saints

Best Dance Presentation (Short)
Aguas de Dezembro


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