The Louisville Ballet School offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in dance, combined during the school season with opportunities to audition for, and perform in, the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble and productions with Louisville Ballet’s professional company. Our mission is to prepare students for futures as artists,  engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round programs are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for talented young dancers.

The School’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater athleticism, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the School, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence.

Providing exceptional dance education, nurturing our students’ developing skills and lifelong love for dance extends far beyond the syllabus. We strive to challenge each student, whether he or she dances for enjoyment or pre-professional training, to explore his or her own potential as a performing artist. Our highly-trained faculty members, including Company members from the Louisville Ballet and some of the finest dancers and instructors in the area, take great care to instruct students with proper technique and great discipline in an encouraging and supportive environment.

We thank you for choosing the Louisville Ballet School as a place to continue your training.


Elena Diehl

School Director

Robert Curran

Artistic Director