JUNE 19 – JULY 14, 2023

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 professionals. With our inspiring facilities and world-renowned faculty, dancers will hone their technique, build strength, and develop their individual artistry, 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 Houston Ballet Principal Connor Walsh, Houston Ballet Academy Lower School Principal and Children’s Ballet Master Elizabeth Everitt, Broadway legend Gail Benedict, along with Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff and Company dancers.  

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.

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 of the Professional Experience (A and B) or the Pre-Professional Experience (PPA and PPB).

Level placement, based on technical and physical readiness, will be determined at the time of audition and communicated in each dancer’s acceptance letter.

Both programs are 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. 

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 19 – July 14, 2023
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 19 – July 1, 2023
Session 2: July 3 – July 14, 2023
Both Sessions: June 19 – July 14, 2023
The Louisville Ballet School
St Matthews, KY

Culminating demonstrations for the Pre-Professional Experience will be held on Saturday, July 1 for Session 1.
The culminating performance for Session 2 and the Professional Experience will be held on Friday, July 14 at The Ogle Center on the IU Southeast campus.


Professional Experience 
Housing: $2350

Pre-Professional Experience 
2-weeks – $1175 / 4-weeks – $2300
Housing: 2-weeks – $1200 / 4-weeks – $2350

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, and a television with basic cable for watching your favorite shows!    



Dancers have several options to audition for the
2023 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 12, 2023

Louisville Ballet
315 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Ages 12-14
12:30 – 2:30 PM EST
Registration & Waitlist CLOSED

Ages 15-16
2:30 – 4:30 PM EST
Registration & Waitlist CLOSED

Ages 17+
4:30 – 6:30 PM EST
Registration & Waitlist CLOSED

Please follow the event registration based on
dancer’s age as of February 12, 2023.

Registration for NSIA opens November 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm EST.
If a NSIA audition event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.



January 8, 2023

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
Registration has closed


January 21, 2023

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

11:30 am – 1:00 PM CST
Registration has closed


January 22, 2023

Northeast Atlanta Ballet
4047 Darling Court, Lilburn, GA 30047

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Registration has closed


February 5, 2023

Louisville Ballet
315 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Registration has closed


February 19, 2023

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


February 26, 2023

Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory
58 Main St, Torrington, CT 06790
1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
Registration has closed


March 3, 2023

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

Registration will open November 7, 2022.
If a Louisville Ballet audition tour event has reached capacity, please click here to join our wait list.


January 13-15, 2023
The Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130

Registration has closed


Please email for group video audition options & rates.
Registration has closed


NSIA Registration Fee = $110 (non-refundable)
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 encouraged. 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 be made with cash (exact change only).

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

Registration opens Monday, November 7, 2022 for Louisville Ballet Audition Tour sites and Monday, November 28, 2022 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 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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