Academy Program

Academy Program students aspire to a high standard of excellence and professionalism. The goal is to inspire a passion for dance and encourage students to realize their individual potential through the attention offered by world class faculty to help prepare them for a post-secondary or collegiate setting. Students’ dance education in this program includes three weekly technique classes, pointe work, conditioning, repertoire as well as the opportunity to train and perform in complementary dance disciplines. Much like a college setting, dancers are able to create their own schedule to focus on areas of interest. The Academy Program is for students who exhibit the technical, emotional and mental readiness along with a serious interest in, and a commitment to their dance education and is by invitation only. Classes are held at the St. Matthews Studios.  

All Academy Program students are invited to participate in Fall Showcase and Spring Dance Festival. Weekly rehearsals will be held during a dedicated rehearsal period by level.

Questions? Email Lower School Principal, Amanda Rollins, at

Class schedule information posted is for the 2024 – 2025 School. Registration opens Friday, June 21, 2024.
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Academy 1 – 3 (Placement Class Required)

Three Weekly Technique Classes with Two Pointe Classes** $780 per semester ($195 per month with 4 Monthly Payments)

Academy 1 – 3 Set Schedule

Day Time Instructor Location
Monday 6:30 – 8:00 pm Daniel Scofield St. Matthews
Monday (**Pointe) 8:00 – 8:30 pm TBA St. Matthews
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm Caitlin Kowalski St. Matthews
Tuesday (**Pointe) 8:00 – 8:30 pm Caitlin Kowalski St. Matthews
Thursday (Conditioning) 5:45 – 6:15 pm Jenni Haddy St. Matthews
Thursday 6:15 – 7:45 pm Sheila Zeng St. Matthews

**Academy Program students are expected to attend the 90 minute ballet technique classes a total of three times per week if they wish to participate in Pointe classes.

Capacity of 12 students.


Complementary Program Add-Ons

Weekly Elective Class $206.25 per semester (includes 25% Complementary Program discount)

Academy students are strongly encouraged to register for at least one elective class per semester from the Complementary Program. Students will receive a 25% discount on any additional elective classes.  Click here to register!

Class Level Day Time Instructor Location
Hip Hop Academy 1-3 Wednesday 5:30 -6:30 pm BeeBee Patillo St. Matthews
Musical Theater Jazz/Tap 2  Academy 1 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Daniel Scofield St. Matthews
Modern 3 Academy 1 Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pm Lauren Frederick St. Matthews
Modern 4 Academy 2 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Lauren Frederick St. Matthews
Musical Theater Jazz 3 Academy 2-3 Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 pm Nicholas Gray St. Matthews


Academy Repertoire Add-On

Weekly Academy Repertoire Class $140 per semester

Academy students are invited to enroll in a weekly repertoire class where they will rehearse for material performed in the LBYE Fall Showcase during the fall semester and Spring Collection as part of Spring Dance Festival in the spring semester. Students who enroll in repertoire must be available for all rehearsals and performance dates.

Day Time Instructor Location
Thursday (Academy Repertoire~) 7:45 – 8:45 pm Adrah Cook St. Matthews

~Academy Repertoire requires an additional enrollment as a performance opportunity. Click here to register!

Dress Code

The student dress code maintains the tradition and aesthetic of classical ballet and allows instructors to see the full lines of the students’ bodies. As such, all students must wear the required uniform colors and styles.  View the Uniform Page for more detailed uniform requirements for each level. Required styles and colors are reasonably priced and are available for purchase through The Louisville Ballet School.