Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive gives aspiring dancers the opportunity to train like professionals. With our inspiring facilities and world-renowned faculty, dancers will hone their technique and build strength all within an inclusive, encouraging and motivating environment.
Our limited class sizes ensure one-on-one faculty attention and our enriching curriculum is thoughtfully crafted for maximum growth with visible results.
We are excited to announce our Guest Faculty includes Lauren Anderson, former Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Brandon Ragland, Artistic Director of Dayton Ballet, along with Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff and Company Artists.
Daily classes include Ballet, Pointe, Men’s Class, Variations, Partnering, Conditioning plus complementary dance styles such as Modern, Musical Theater, Pilates and Yoga. Click here for a sample schedule.
Daily rehearsals are scheduled for culminating demonstrations & performances that include original choreography by faculty and guest teachers and excerpts of Louisville Ballet repertoire.
A dedicated Men’s Program includes daily men’s technique, strength training, conditioning and partnering.
Physical Therapy professionals available on-site and offer seminars throughout the intensive.
Dancers are placed in one of four levels, A and B at our Downtown campus or C and D at our St. Matthews campus. Level placement, based on technical and physical readiness, will be determined at the time of audition and communicated in each dancer’s acceptance letter.
The program is limited in class size to ensure an intimate environment with personalized attention tailored to the needs of each dancer.
Each experience is uniquely designed to help students grow and thrive at their level and pace.
Levels A & B
June 17 – July 12, 2024
Louisville Ballet Center
Downtown Louisville, KY
The culminating performance for Levels A and B will be held on Friday, July 12 at The Ogle Center on the Indiana University Southeast campus.
Dancers in Levels C or D may choose a 2-week or 4-week experience.
Session 1: June 17 – June 29, 2024
Session 2: July 1 – July 12, 2024
Both Sessions: June 17 – July 12, 2024
The Louisville Ballet School
St Matthews, KY
The culminating in-studio demonstration for Session 1 will be held on Saturday, June 29, at the Louisville Ballet Center.
The culminating performance for Session 2 will be held on Friday, July 12 at The Ogle Center on the Indiana University Southeast campus.
Dancers in Levels C or D who attend both sessions will perform in both the in-studio demonstration on Saturday, June 29, and the performance at The Ogle Center on July 12.
4 Week Program
2 Week Program (Levels C and D only)
The Housing Program Fee includes supervised accommodations, daily meal plan, transportation and scheduled evening and weekend activities.
Louisville Ballet is seeking qualified candidates for Chaperone and Resident Assistant during the Summer Intensive. LEARN MORE + APPLY HERE
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. The lodge has a central Great Room with plenty of common space to hang out, and a television with basic cable for watching your favorite shows!
Dancers have several options to audition for the
2024 Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive:
1. National Summer Intensive Audition (NSIA)
2. Louisville Ballet Audition Tour
3. Regional Audition
4. Video Audition
Professional ballet schools from across the nation have come together to create a unified collective and created an audition opportunity that will keep our students and faculty safe, while providing national visibility. The NSIA professional school collective is offering in-person auditions at their facilities, and students will be considered by all schools in the collective for acceptance to their summer intensives.
The collective includes Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy, Kansas City Ballet School, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Sarasota Ballet School, Texas Ballet Theater and Tulsa 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.
February 11, 2024
315 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
12:30 – 2:30 PM EST
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2:30 – 4:30 PM EST
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4:30 – 6:30 PM EST
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Please follow the event registration based on
dancer’s age as of February 11, 2024.
Registration for NSIA opens November 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm EST.
If a NSIA audition event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.
January 5, 2024
140 N Main St, Dayton, OH 45402
5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
January 7, 2024
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15201
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
January 20, 2024
817 N Market St Suite B, Chattanooga, TN 37405
3:30 – 5:00 PM EST
January 21, 2024
Northeast Atlanta Ballet
4047 Darling Court, Lilburn, GA 30047
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
January 28, 2024
Ballet Center of Houston
8515 Jackrabbit Rd # A, Houston, TX 77095
2:30 – 4:00 PM CST
February 18, 2024
Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST
58 Main St, Torrington, CT 06790
February 25, 2024
315 E Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Registration will open November 6, 2023.
If a Louisville Ballet audition tour event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.
ST. LOUIS, MO
REGIONAL SUMMER INTENSIVE AUDITION (RSIA)
January 12-14, 2024
The Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
Registration Opens November 15, 2023
March 1, 2024
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
15 University St, Greenville, SC 29601
NSIA Registration Fee = $125 (non-refundable, non-transferable between audition sites)
Tour Registration Fee = $40 (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.
Online 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. Walk-ups are admissible if space remains. Walk-up audition fees must also be paid online. Cash and check will not be accepted.
Audition fee must be paid at time of online registration. Registration fees are not refundable or transferable.
Registration opens Monday, November 6, 2023 for Louisville Ballet Audition Tour sites and Monday, November 27, 2023 for NSIA.
The audition class lasts 90 minutes and consists of barre and center work. Ladies with 3 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 or tights and shoes that align with their natural skin tone. 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) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org 5 business days prior to scheduled audition.
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.