A ballet dancer looking at a female dancer that is dressed as the Raven Queen

“...there’s vampires, witches and other nefarious creatures waiting to enthrall you with their beautiful and creepy dances.”

- LA Weekly

WINNERS Of ABC’s The Gong Show
 

Zombie ballet excerpt from Sweet Sorrow™: A Zombie Ballet performed for judges Fred Armisen, Elizabeth Banks and Will Forte.

Interview with Halloween every night

Artistic director Leigh Purtill shares the story behind the 2022 Sweet Sorrow in this exclusive interview!

a preview of leigh purtill ballet company's sweet sorrow, a zombie ballet

"Leigh Purtill, the founder of Leigh Purtill Ballet Company, joined us live to share details about her non-profit amateur ballet company for adults of various skill levels and backgrounds.”

- KTLA 

podcast: interview with leigh purtill ballet company artistic director

Leigh Purtill, artistic director of Leigh Purtill Ballet Company and choreographer of Sweet Sorrow, a Zombie Ballet covers the inspiration behind the latest production as well as how her dance company strives to make ballet accessible to all.

- High Five To That

Daily Inspiration: Meet Leigh Purtill

“My ballets are known for being unusual stories: my goal is to put on the stage characters and stories that are relatable to the audience members as well as the dancers themselves.” 

-Leigh Purtill in Voyage LA

Meet the Queer Zombie Shakespeare

“Sweet Sorrow™ does an amazing job of balancing quality performances and production integrity with the fun and frivolity of Halloween.” 

- Advocate

Zombie Ballet Makes Pasadena Appearance

“Sweet Sorrow A Zombie Ballet” showcases the amateur company’s broad appeal to both the traditional ballet world as well as the horror and fantasy-lover’s community. 

- Pasadena Independent