JUNE 21 – JULY 16, 2021


JUNE 21 – JULY 16, 2021

Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive is a 4-week program intended for professionally aspiring dancers ages 12 and up with one year of pointe experience. Delivered within a professional company setting, this immersive curriculum is intently designed to strengthen classical ballet technique and develop individual artistry. Curriculum is designed to allow each student to truly master the material, creating a lasting impact with visible results.

Students have the unique opportunity of working with Artistic Director Robert Curran and Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff.  

Summer Intensive Guest Faculty includes Louisville Ballet’s first female Resident Choreographer Andrea Schermoly, Louisville Ballet Company Dancer Brandon Ragland, and Broadway legend Gail Benedict. 

Louisville Ballet is pleased to expand our Summer Intensive to incorporate two levels of instruction. Two levels paired with limited class sizes ensures an intimate environment and personalized attention tailored to the needs of each dancer. A dancer’s level placement is based on technical and physical readiness. It will be determined at the time of audition and communicated in each dancer’s acceptance letter. 

Daily classes include Ballet, Pointe, Men’s Class, Variations, Partnering, Conditioning plus complementary dance styles such as Modern, Musical Theater, Bollywood, Pilates and Yoga. Click here for a sample schedule.

Additional curriculum for male students include dedicated Men’s classes, strength training & conditioning and partnering. 

Daily rehearsals are scheduled for Showcase, a culminating stage performance including original choreography by faculty and guest teachers and excerpts of Louisville Ballet repertoire.

Physical Therapy professionals available on-site and offer seminars throughout the intensive.



It was a summer that will not soon be forgotten! Louisville Ballet conducted our 4-week Summer Intensive in-person and we were joined by male and female dancers from around the country. Louisville Ballet is immensely proud of the resilient dancers who joined us! Learn more about their experience this summer in Louisville.

2020 Summer Intensive Dancer Testimonials:

Daniel Scofield – While so many 2020 summer programs were switching to virtual platforms or cancelling altogether, Louisville Ballet made the brave decision to hold its annual summer intensive live and in-person. It was obvious this decision was not made carelessly. From the earliest correspondence to the final day of student performances, the program and its leadership prioritized both the high caliber training it consistently offers as well as the utmost safety of its students every step of the way. The four full weeks of training were fantastic, and the student experience was in no way watered-down by Covid-19 restrictions. I am incredibly grateful to Louisville Ballet for providing this program through which I could greatly improve my craft and stay active during this time of pandemic, all the while doing so in an extremely safe environment.

Sarah Ray – Having attended the summer intensive this past summer, I  could not have asked for a better experience! The intensive had me feeling positive, inspired, and ready to learn. I was impressed by the safe environment and the measures taken regarding Covid-19. It was so amazing to work with the staff, and to be able to dance again during a global pandemic! The atmosphere felt comfortable to be in, as different protocols took place. Some guidelines included taking your shoes off when entering the building, putting all your belongings in your own basket, staying socially distanced, and wearing masks, all while being able to take several breaks outside to get some fresh air! Besides that, the staff also was consistently sanitizing, and we thank them for that! We had a variety of different pieces that we worked on throughout the four weeks. These pieces were filmed at the end of the intensive, to stand as a virtual performance! It was truly wonderful to work with the teachers and practice many different styles of dance!

Ethan Houck – I was impressed with the safety measures that Louisville Ballet implemented to enable dancers to participate in an in-person summer intensive. I felt like the safety of the dancers, instructors, and staff was always paramount. While many aspects of the program had to be altered, it was still amazing to have gotten to perform a variety of works from talented choreographers Andi Schermoly, Gail Benedict and Brandon Ragland. As a male dancer, I highly recommend the Louisville Ballet intensive. I was fortunate to receive training and insight from the renowned Artistic Director, Robert Curran. I felt that I received specialized and individualized attention and training. In additional to the men’s technique classes, the conditioning and gym classes helped me understand what muscle groups were being used in different steps and actions. Overall, the program had a professional feel that was designed to help each dancer advance on his or her journey.

Anna Lauren Benton – Because I couldn’t leave town during the pandemic, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to attend the Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive this summer. The program simultaneously upheld strict and effective health protocols and provided rigorous classes and rehearsals to compensate for the time spent away from the studio. I was feeling back to normal in no time, and the strength in built in just four weeks really allowed me to see a future for myself in dance. The modern and contemporary offerings really satisfied my need for versatile repertoire and allowed me to feel well equipped for more styles of dance than just ballet.


Tuition: $2100

Housing Program:  $2150

The Housing Program Fee includes supervised accommodations at Indiana University Southeast, meal plan and scheduled evening and weekend activities.

Louisville Ballet is seeking qualified candidates for Chaperone and Resident Assistant during the Summer Intensive.

In the IU-S residence halls you will find lodge-style living by the lake with all the comforts of home. Each apartment has its own kitchen, living area, and bathroom as well as bedrooms and individual closets. 

Apartments are fully carpeted, furnished, provide controls for air and heat and feature high-speed Internet access. Each student is provided with a bed, mattress, dresser, closet, chair, and desk, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, dining chairs or counter stools, and living room furniture.

This year, a lodge will be dedicated exclusively to our dancers and each dancer will be assigned their own apartment. The lodge has a central Great Room with plenty of common space to hang out socially distanced, and a television with basic cable for watching your favorite shows!    



Dancers have several options to audition for the 2021 Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive:

1. National Summer Intensive Audition (NSIA)
2. Select Regional Audition
3. Video Audition

Registration is Now Open!


As we navigate the current national pandemic, professional ballet schools from across the nation have come together to create a unified collective.  We understand the uncertainty of the coming audition season and summer intensive offerings, and we have created an audition opportunity that will keep our students and faculty safe, while providing national visibility.

The National Summer Intensive Audition professional school collective is offering in-person auditions at their facilities, and students who attend the National Summer Intensive Audition will be considered by all schools in the collective for acceptance to their summer intensives.

The collective includes Atlanta Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Sacramento Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet.


Students choose a city from the audition schedule and register with the host school. The audition is in-person, and the remaining schools will observe the audition via Zoom. Students are required to follow the safety protocol of the school at which they audition.  The auditions will be recorded so that the observing schools may review the auditions if needed.  Students will have the opportunity to select which schools they would like to audition for, however all schools in the collective may reach out to any students who audition.  Students must pre-register and pay the registration fee directly to the host school in the city where they audition. The secondary registration form must be completed in order to be considered by observing schools.

To learn more about the NSIA audition and registration process, visit the National Summer Intensive Audition Tour website.   


Louisville Ballet
January 30, 2021

Ages 12-14
10:00 – 11:30 AM EST
Waitlist Here

Ages 15-16
12:30 – 2:00 PM EST
Waitlist Here

Ages 17+
3:00 – 4:30 PM EST
Waitlist Here

Please follow the event registration based on
dancer’s age as of January 30, 2021. If an audition event has reached capacity, please click here to join our waitlist!


January 16, 2021

Ballet Center of Houston
4:30 – 6:00 PM CST
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February 21, 2021

Louisville Ballet
1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
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If the Louisville, KY regional audition event has reached capacity, please click here to join our waitlist!


Through February 15, 2021  | LEARN MORE
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NSIA Registration Fee = $80 (non-refundable)
Regional Registration Fee = $30 (non-refundable)
Video Submission Fee = $40 (non-refundable)

Dancers must be 12 years of age with 1 year of pointe experience by the start of the summer intensive.



Due to limited class capacity, online Pre-Registration is required. Dancers must register in advance to reserve a place in the audition class. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

Registration fee must be paid at time of online Pre-Registration. Registration fees are not refundable or transferable.

Registration opens Monday, November 30, 2020.


Please arrive at the listed registration time to check-in and receive an audition number. 

The audition class lasts 90 minutes and consists of barre and center work. Ladies with 2 years of pointe experience should be prepared to go en pointe immediately after barre for the center portion and remainder of the class. 

Ladies should wear a solid color leotard, pink tights, ballet and pointe shoes. Gentlemen should wear a white shirt, black or grey tights and ballet shoes.

Dancers should submit a headshot and photo of first arabesque (en pointe for ladies) at audition check-in.

Partial and full merit scholarships are available to select dancers.

Audition results are emailed within 12 days of your audition. Level placement will be communicated in each dancer’s acceptance letter.


November 11-14 2021
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Robert Curran
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 11-23, 2021
Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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January 12-22, 2022
Louisville Ballet Studios

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Spotlight Series: Impressionism to Jazz

March 3-5, 2022
The Brown Theatre
A mixed repertory evening featuring:


Choreography by George Balanchine

Music: "Pelléas et Mélisande" + "Shylock" by Gabriel Fauré

In G Major

Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music: "Piano Concerto in G Major" by Maurice Ravel

World Premiere Work

Music by Louisville-based Jazz Composer and Musician, Dick Sisto

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Sleeping Beauty

March 31 - April 2, 2022
The Brown Theatre
Choreography by Adam Hougland
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchakiovsky

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