Founded in 1996 by CEO Joedy Cook and a dedicated Board of Directors, Ballet Quad Cities is now celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2016-2017 Season.  In 1996, the company began with one paid dancer and a young, talented Artistic Director, Johanne Jakhelln.  Before returning to her native country of Norway in 2005, Johanne created over 40 original ballets. Today's versatile company consists of thirteen highly trained full time professional dancers led by Artistic Director, Courtney Lyon.

Ballet Quad Cities provides both classical and contemporary dance to the entire bi-state region through outstanding performances, entertaining lecture-demonstrations and innovative educational outreach programs for people of all ages.

Board of Directors

Marty Kurtz (President)
The Planning Center

Jane Easter Bahls (Secretary)
Augustana College

Paul Plagenz (Vice President)
Western Illinois University

Don Boelens (Treasurer)
McLaughlin Body Company

Chad D. Ervin (Former President)
US Bank

Joedy Cook
CEO, Ballet Quad Cities


Carol Ann Watkins
Art Supporter

Terry Wilson
Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

Sigrid Zaehringer
Califf & Harper, P.C.