JUNE 20 – JULY 15, 2022

An inclusive and immersive summer intensive experience
carefully crafted to ensure technical and artistic growth.

Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive gives aspiring dancers the opportunity to train like a professional. With our state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned faculty, dancers will strengthen their technique, build discipline, and develop their individual artistry, all within an inclusive and encouraging environment.

Our limited class sizes ensure one-on-one faculty attention and our enriching curriculum is carefully crafted for maximum growth with visible results.

We are excited to announce our Guest Faculty includes the incomparable Lauren Anderson, Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Robert Curran, Broadway legend Gail Benedict, along with Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff and Company dancers.  

NEW IN 2022 –
We are pleased to introduce the Professional Experience and Pre-Professional Experience – an expansion of our Summer Intensive program that now includes four levels of instruction for dancers age 12 years and older. Both programs are limited in class size to ensure an intimate environment with personalized attention tailored to the needs of each dancer.

A dancer’s level placement, based on technical and physical readiness, 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 culminating demonstrations & performances that include 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.



Each experience is uniquely designed to help students grow and thrive at their level and pace. 

Professional Experience

The Professional Experience is designed for dancers on track for a professional career. An immersive curriculum pushes dancers towards mastery, challenging them to refine their technique and further grow their artistry. 

June 20 – July 15, 2022
Louisville Ballet Center
Downtown Louisville, KY

Pre-Professional Experience

The Pre-Professional Experience is designed for passionate dancers who want to advance their technique and explore their artistry. The program is suited for dancers with at least 1 year of pointe experience.
Pre-Professional students may choose a 2
-week or 4-week experience.

Session 1: June 20 – July 2, 2022
Session 2: July 4 – July 15, 2022
Both Sessions: June 20 – July 15, 2022
The Louisville Ballet School
St Matthews, KY

Culminating demonstrations for the Pre-Professional Experience will be held on Saturday, July 2nd for Session 1
and Friday, July 15th
for Session 2 at the Louisville Ballet Center. Showcase, the culminating performance for
the Professional Experience will be held on Friday, July 15th at The Ogle Center on the IU Southeast campus.


Professional Experience 
Housing: $2150

Pre-Professional Experience 
2-weeks – $1050 / 4-weeks – $2100
Housing: 2-weeks – $1075 / 4-weeks – $2150

The Housing Program Fee includes supervised accommodations at Indiana University Southeast, daily lunch & dinner 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 socially distanced, and a television with basic cable for watching your favorite shows!    



Dancers have several options to audition for the
2022 Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive:

1. National Summer Intensive Audition (NSIA)
2. Louisville Ballet Audition Tour
3. Festival 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, Charlotte Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Kansas City Ballet School, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Sarasota Ballet School and Texas Ballet Theater.


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 20, 2022

Louisville Ballet
315 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Ages 12-14
10:30 – 12:00 PM EST
Waitlist Only 

Ages 15+
12:30 – 2:00 PM EST
Waitlist Only 

Please follow the event registration based on
dancer’s age as of February 20, 2022.

Registration for NSIA opens Monday, November 29 at 12:00 pm EST.
If a NSIA audition event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.



January 7, 2022

Ballet Center of Houston
8515 Jackrabbit Rd # A, Houston, TX 77095

6:30 – 8:00 PM CST
Registration Closed


January 9, 2022

Ballet Academy of Texas
145 Fitness Ct, Coppell, TX 75019

4:00 – 5:30 PM CST
Registration Closed


January 23, 2022

Northeast Atlanta Ballet
4047 Darling Court, Lilburn, GA 30047

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Registration Closed


January 30, 2022

Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon St, Nashville, TN 37209
1:00 – 2:30 PM CST
Registration Closed


January 30, 2022

Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory
58 Main St, Torrington, CT 06790
4:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Registration Closed



Macomb Ballet Company
51504 Danview Technology Ct, Shelby Township, MI 48315
5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
Registration Closed

March 6, 2022

Louisville Ballet
315 E Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
11:30 am – 1:00 PM EST
Registration Closed

Registration is now open.
If a Louisville Ballet audition tour event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.




December 28 – 30, 2021
1261 Sartori Ave, Torrance, California
Registration Closed

January 14-16, 2022
The Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130

Registration Closed


January 21, 2022
1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203
Registration Closed


Please email for group video audition options & rates.
Through March 31, 2022  | LEARN MORE
Registration Closed


NSIA Registration Fee = $90 (non-refundable)
Tour 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.



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. 

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

Registration opens Monday, November 15, 2021 for Louisville Ballet Audition Tour sites and Monday, November 29, 2021 for NSIA.


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 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 summerintensive@louisvilleballet.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.


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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