The Lift a Life Foundation Emerging Leader in the Arts Award: Brandon Ragland

This award celebrates an artist who has excelled early in their career—Brandon Ragland. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Ragland received his early training from Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart and continued his dance training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In 2007, he graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance-Arts Administration. Since joining the Louisville Ballet in 2010, he has had the opportunity to perform leading roles in classical and neoclassical works such as “The Three Musketeers”, “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker”, “Lady of the Camellias” and more. Before joining Louisville Ballet, Ragland spent three seasons with the Alabama Ballet, where he performed works by George Balanchine, Roger Van Fleteren, Christopher Bruce and others. As an aspiring choreographer, he has created works for Louisville Ballet, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Alabama Ballet and others.