Celebration of Life: Alun Jones

Alun Jones


Alun Jones, 82, the long-time director of the Louisville Ballet, died April 26, 2019 in Greece of a heart attack.

A native of Wales, Jones and his wife, ballerina Helen Starr, came to Louisville in 1975 to help start the Louisville Ballet School. Jones became artistic director of the ballet in 1978 and led the company for 24 years before retiring in 2002. Under his leadership, the ballet’s subscriptions exploded and the ballet developed a national reputation for innovation. After retirement, Jones continued to stage ballets he choreographed in Louisville and around the country. In April, the Louisville Ballet reprised Jones’ “Cinderella.”

Jones is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Hannah Thomas (Scott); a son, Gareth; grandsons, Rhys and Gordon Thomas; and granddaughters, Myranda and Makayla Thomas.

The family is planning a celebration of Jones’ life for August.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy go to Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, P.O. Box 206186, Louisville, KY 40250-6186, raptorehab.org/donate.html; StageOne Family Theatre, 315 W. Market St., Suite 2S, Louisville, KY 40202; or Acting Against Cancer, 323 West Broadway, Third Floor, Louisville, KY 40202.

Services entrusted to Evans Monuments and Family Cremation Care.