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Career inspired by love story leads Australian to work in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Imagine starting a new job, in a new country and in less than two weeks you have a huge presentation to give. That's exactly the situation the Louisville Ballet's new artistic directors found himself in.

Robert Curran was the principal artist for the Australian Ballet and even featured on the Australian version of "So You Think You Can Dance.”

Curran is known for the way he would lift and catch the ballerinas. Today he is behind the scenes in America working as the new artistic director of the Louisville Ballet.

"This is an opportunity that's too good to miss. I can't tell you how much of a privilege it is to be here,” said 38-year-old Curran who moved to Louisville on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Former artistic director Bruce Simpson retired earlier in 2014 after 12 years with the 63-year-old company.

Curran began dancing at 4 years old after he was inspired by a love story. The love story was his grandparents, who met while ballroom dancing.

"When I was born my Grandmother's first grandchild, a boy, on my grandfather's birthday,' he has to learn how to dance,'" Curran said.

And he did - not ballroom dance as his Grandmother wished, but ballet and she was very proud.

Curran said, "I was made Principal and she said ‘does everyone know that's my Grandson?'"

He says he always planned on going behind the scenes as artistic director. And after a spectacular year with the Australian Ballet in 2011 he said, "it was just the perfect time."

But Curran doesn't have much time with the 40 dancers of the Louisville Ballet before their performances of Giselle, which will be performed September 12 and 13. However, Giselle is a ballet he knows well

"Some of the greatest moments in my career was dancing Giselle," he said.

The ballerina who will play Giselle, Christy Corbitt Miller, said "I could tell in one minute we're in amazing hands. The way he understands partnering a lady. I thought oh this is great. This is great."

Curran says you can expect a commitment to the classics from him, but also some off the wall craziness.

"I love to see dance in crazy places. Unexpected places. At unexpected times in unexpected ways," he said.

His Grandmother passed away a little more than a month ago, but before she passed she knew he had accepted this role with the Louisville Ballet and was very proud of him.

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