Toby Lewellen is very happy to be retuning for his sixth season with Ballet Arkansas. There he has performed in lead roles in George Balanchine‘s Who Cares?, Harrison McEldowney’s Group Therapy, Johnny Cash in Chris Stuart’s Under the Light’s, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias Pas de Deux, Rerouting by Greg Sample, Memory Haus and Bolero by Kiyon Gaines, Mobile by Tomm Ruud, as well as being The Nutcracker Prince and Snow King in Ballet Arkansas’ The Nutcracker. He has performed with Ballet Arkansas at the St. Louis Spring to Dance Festival and Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival in Seattle, WA. Recently he has spent his summers on staff at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia as well as teaching at Ballet Arkansas Summer Intensives. Toby is originally from Peoria, Illinois where he began his serious dance training at the Peoria Ballet under the direction of Erich Yetter and Rebekah Von Rathonyi. He attended summer intensives on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet, The Rock School, and Miami City Ballet. Toby attended Butler University as a dance major. There he performed in Anthony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, as the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, as the Lead Mazurka male in Swan Lake, as well as lead roles in various faculty works at Butler University. Toby is also a Ballet and Jazz teacher at Shuffles and Ballet II in Little Rock.