August Update

Welcome back, dancers!

The 11-12 School year is off to an amazing start!  From meeting enthusiastic new students to introducing talented new instructors and scheduling fabulous new classes, we are so excited to see what this year has in store!

Be sure to click around our website for updates on the fun activities and events we have in store:

Brown-Forman Nutcracker Children’s Auditions
In keeping with our goal to continually strive for a higher standard of excellence in our School, we are so pleased that LBS students have the privilege of auditioning to be involved with the Louisville Ballet’s production of the Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

Auditions for the Children’s Cast of the Brown-Forman Nutcracker are this Sunday, August 28th at the St. Matthews Studios.  For more information, please visit our Nutcracker webpage.  The absolute deadline to submit a late application to attend the auditions is Thursday, August 25th.  Please visit our website to download the Application Packet to submit to the Downtown Studios.  A detailed schedule of audition times is detailed in the packet.  Please read it carefully.

Your child must arrive promptly 30 minutes before the designated audition time for the particular role(s) for which they are auditioning.  Please check height requirements and measure carefully. Students will be expected to audition for all roles for which they are eligible. Children who are eligible to audition for more than one role and will be auditioning past 11:15 am will be asked to stay in the building to eat lunch. Please send them to the audition with a nutritious and tidy brown bag lunch.   Approximate dismissal times and additional information will be posted on the window at St. Matthews Studios, and parents will be called if dancers are released prior to the approximate times.  Break a leg!

Spring Showcase
We are happy to announce that this year’s production will be Thumbelina!  Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, our students will dance the story of a tiny girl who dreams of true love in Amy Delaney’s world premiere ballet.

Rehearsals begin this Saturday, August 27th.  Additionally, for your planning purposes, the entire Fall Semester rehearsal schedule is now available!  For rehearsal dates and times and more information, please view our Spring Showcase webpage and Spring Showcase Rehearsal Schedule.

If your dancer has not yet registered for Spring Showcase, please click here to register by September 10th!

Pink Tie Ball
Louisville Ballet Students (age 8 and older) are invited to join the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble in appear at the Louisville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s annual Pink Tie Ball.  The event will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Saturday, September 10, 2011. More than 700 courageous survivors and dedicated supporters attend this remarkable event each year. Since the first Pink Tie Ball in 2005, this event has raised over $1Million to support Komen Louisville’s mission of outreach, support and education. Students from the Louisville Ballet School and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble will perform at the event to make a special tribute to those who have battled breast cancer.
Click here to indicate your interest to participate and RSVP to receive more information!

Have you renewed your PALS Membership yet?
The mission of the Parent Association of the Louisville Ballet School is to encourage and support the students of the Louisville Ballet School in their efforts to learn and grow in their study of dance and appreciation of the arts. PALS members help maintain the outstanding reputation of Louisville Ballet School as a leader in the artistic community while assisting in producing a creative and fun learning atmosphere for their children.  For more information about becoming a member and how you can be more involved, please email

Labor Day
Our School Offices will be closed and classes will not be held in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 5th.  Students are welcome to make up any missed ballet classes in another section of their level.

Tuition Installments
The next installment for those who have chosen to pay tuition in 4 monthly installments will be automatically deducted during the first week of September.  If your account information has changed, please be sure to update your information with LBS!

Student Ticket Vouchers
As a student of the Louisville Ballet School, we are happy to present a discount card for the Louisville Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Season.  This card enables you to receive 1 complimentary ticket for the student and 20% off up to four additional tickets to any season performance.

Please pick up your student’s voucher card at the St. Matthews Studios beginning next week! All discounts must be redeemed in person or by phone by verifying the Student ID# to the Louisville Ballet Box Office. Please pay close attention to the deadlines listed. Late redemptions will not be permitted.

Student Handbook
For the answers to our most frequently asked questions, don’t forget to refer to our Student Handbook online!  Save yourself time (and headaches) by familiarizing yourself and your dancer with these important school policies.