The Louisville Ballet School is temporarily closed.
No classes or rehearsals will be conducted during this time. 


To our mind. body. balance. clients,

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to join us live on Facebook while we are social distancing from our class offerings.  #JoinTheMovement as often as your schedule allows!

Facebook Live Offerings

  • Advanced Pilates Mat 8am Wednesday, April 1st
  • Mixed Level Ballet Barre 11am Friday, April 3rd
  • Gentle Morning Movement 9:30am Monday, April 6th
  • Intermediate Pilates Mat 8am Wednesday, April 8th
  • Mixed Level Ballet Barre 11am Friday, April 10th
  • Midday Movement 4pm Tuesday, April 14th
  • Ballet Barre Burn 10am Thursday, April 16th
  • Mixed Level Ballet Barre 11am Monday, April 20th
  • Cardio Circuit 9am Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Mixed Level Ballet Barre 11am Friday, April 24th
  • Gentle Morning Movement 8am Tuesday, April 28th
  • Client Check-in 1pm Thursday, April 30th

mind. body. balance.

Welcome to Louisville Ballet’s health & wellness initiative, mind. body. balance. This program offers quality training in a variety of dance & fitness styles for ages 15 and up, from the true beginner to the professional dancer. All levels of ability are welcome! Our instructors are available to assess a student’s level in class and make appropriate recommendations upon request.

class schedule

Refer to the MINDBODY Online website or MINDBODY App for the most up to date class schedule. To find our schedule of classes, just search for “Louisville Ballet”.

Please note that we have TWO studio locations!  Studio assignments are listed under the room listing on the MINDBODY App.

Classes scheduled at the Downtown Location occasionally transfer to the St. Matthews Location.


Day Class Time Studio Location Instructor
Mondays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Robert McFarland
Beginning Ballet 2 7:30 – 8:45 pm St. Matthews Minh-Tuan Nguyen*
Tuesdays Int/Adv Tap 7:30 – 9:00 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Wednesdays Pilates 8:30 – 9:20 am Downtown Ashley Thursby*
Yoga 9:15 – 10:15 am St. Matthews Aubrielle Whitis
Intermediate Ballet 10:30 – 11:45 am St. Matthews Bruce Simpson~
Jazz 6:30 – 7:45 pm St. Matthews David Thurmond
Beginning Ballet 1 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Lexa Daniels*
Thursdays Modern 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Lauren Frederick
Fridays Beginning Ballet 1 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Robert McFarland
Hip Hop 5:45 – 6:45 pm St. Matthews Phillip Hancock
Saturdays Advanced Ballet 9:00 – 10:15 am Downtown Bruce Simpson~
Intro to Ballet 1 11:00 – 12:15 pm St. Matthews Tawnee Thompson
Beginning Tap 12:45 – 2:15 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Sundays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am Downtown Minh-Tuan Nguyen*
Int/Adv Modern 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Downtown Theresa Bautista
Intro to Ballet 2 12:30 – 1:45 pm Downtown Ashley Thursby*
Pilates 2:00 – 3:00 pm Downtown Ashley Thursby*
*Louisville Ballet Company Dancer or Trainee
^Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff
~Former Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff


  • Temporary Closure: March 13 – April 19. All classes & rehearsal are cancelled.
    • All clients with an active class package will be credited and awarded a 38 day package extension.
  • Life Balance Wellness Workshop with Jennifer Blair: April 18th 12:30 – 1:30 pm via Zoom. Email to get on the list!
  • Watch us on Facebook Live and move with us!
    • Check Mindbody Online for our virtual offerings, which will stream on the Mind Body Balance – Louisville Facebook Page
    • Follow us on Instagram @mindbodybalancelou
  • Adult Summer Intensive: June 1-5, 2020
    • $50 deposit due upon registration and final balance due May 22, 2020.
    • Check out the shout out in Pointe Magazine!


st. matthews location

The Louisville Ballet School
4121 Shelbyville Road, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40207

downtown location

Louisville Ballet
315 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202


Theresa Bautista

Gail Benedict

Helen Daigle^

Lexa Daniels*

Lauren Frederick

Minh-Tuan Nguyen*

Tawnee Thompson

David Thurmond

Ashley Thursby*

Bruce Simpson~

Aubrielle Whitis

Phillip Hancock


Robert McFarland

*Louisville Ballet Company Dancer or Trainee
^Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff
~Former Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff



Javier Cendejas

Jocelyn Hankins
Ethan McCollum

Mary Crawford

Adam O’Boyle

drop-in class rates

Drop-in classes do not require pre-registration. Clients are able to book classes using MINDBODY Online, the MINDBODY App, or may visit the front desk to register up to 15 minutes prior to the start of scheduled classes.

  • Single class: $18.00 (expires 30 days from date of purchase)

class packages

In an ongoing effort to provide our clients with more affordable, quality dance training and fitness classes, we have created additional class packages to fit a variety of needs. Packages may be applied towards any drop-in class in the mind. body. balance. program (unless otherwise noted).

  • Month Unlimited Package: $130.00 (30 day expiration)
  • 4 Class Package: $60.00 (60 day expiration)
  • 10 Class Package: $140.00 (120 day expiration)


LBS Parent Discount (Class Package Only):
Parents of students currently enrolled at The Louisville Ballet School will be sent a promo code at the beginning of each semester to use in the MINDBODY Online store to redeem class packages at a discounted rate.

available discount rates

Discounts are not applicable online. To redeem, stop by the Front Desk or contact the School Registrar by emailing

  • $15 College Student*, Military*, and Seniors**
  • $10 Professional Rate Actor/Singer/Dancer*
  • $10 Arts Partner^

*with valid identification
**Ages 60+
^Active employees with the following local arts organizations:

  • Actors Theatre
  • Commonwealth Theatre
  • Derby Dinner Playhouse
  • Frazier Museum
  • Fund for the Arts
  • Ideas xLab
  • Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts
  • Kentucky Opera
  • Kentucky Performing Arts
  • Kentucky Shakespeare
  • Louisville Orchestra
  • Speed Museum
  • Stage One

package expiration + reactivation

A one-time reactivation is available for expired Class Packages within 180 days of purchase date for a fee. Reactivation provides clients with a 30-day window to use any remaining classes in an expired package. All remaining classes in the package must be extended at the same time. Fees are as follows:

  • 4 Class Package $3.00 per remaining class
  • 10 Class Package $4.00 per remaining class

All Class Packages are null and void 6 months from purchase date. No reactivation will be granted for any reason after the 6-month purchase date.

Class Rates subject to change at any time.

General Information

  • No refunds are offered for classes attended.
  • Payments may be made in cash, debit card, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, or personal check. A form of identification may be requested with certain methods of payment.
  • Gift Cards are available for any dollar amount for the purchase of classes and workshops. Gift Cards have no expiration & are non-refundable.
  • Louisville Ballet studios are available for auditions and rehearsals. For rental requests, please fill out our online form.

louisville ballet ticket discount

Clients in the mind. body. balance. program with an active class package are entitled to a ticket discount for Louisville Ballet’s main stage productions. All discount tickets must be redeemed in person or by phone to the Louisville Ballet Box Office, prior to the week of the performance. Certain restrictions may apply and late redemption will not be permitted.

classes offered

Introductory Ballet 1

0 – 6 months of training
Start Here! Intro 1 is designed for the absolute beginner. Clients with little to no ballet experience are expected to attend Intro 1 for approximately 16 weeks before moving to Intro 2.

Introductory Ballet 2

6 months – 1 year of training
Intro 2 is recommended for clients with less than one year of ballet training, retaining some basic understanding of dance vocabulary. Intro 2 is a great place for clients who may have taken a break from their ballet studies. Jump back in to refresh the brain and body!

Beginning Ballet 1

1 – 2 years of training
Beginning 1 is structured for clients who have an elementary understanding of the foundations of ballet. These concepts are incorporated into a full ballet class with exercises at the barre, in the center, and moving across the floorThe core emphasis of this level will be on understanding and improving proper alignment, posture, rotation, and flexibility. Dancers will also expand their ballet vocabulary while learning new movements and positions.

Beginning Ballet 2

2 – 3 years of training
If you are confident with pliés, tendus, grand battements, ronds de jambs and pirouettes, Beginning 2 is for you! This level will focus on continuing to fine-tune the basic positions, posture and alignment, while introducing more advanced steps both at the barre and in the center. Exercises will focus on increasing speed and complexity, coordination of arm and leg movements, and increased strength in the lower body.

Intermediate Ballet

3 – 5 years of training
Intermediate is targeted towards dancers with technical proficiency and a thorough understanding of the vocabulary. Intermediate level classes will move at a much quicker pace, offering complex combinations both at the barre and in the center. At this level dancers should begin to explore and develop their artistry, musicality and épaulement.

Advanced Ballet

5+ years of training
Advanced classes are intended for dancers with extensive training. Pre-professional and professional dancers welcome!


Pilates helps to connect your body through core stability. Strong abdominal, back, and pelvic muscles are essential for high impact activities such as dance, especially if you have hypermobility. Pilates Matwork strengthens the deepest muscular groups to prevent injuries. Uniform development of the mind and body can help to reduce stress while connecting you to your breath



Modern takes a pragmatic approach of training the body, with an emphasis in Kinesiology and how these movements could be applied to ballet or be its own vocabulary of choreographic tools. This class is a great starting point for any novice dance enthusiast, or a veteran of other dance styles.


Build endurance, strength, and coordination in a class that emphasizes your individual dance improvement and fitness.  Develop new dance skills in a fast-paced, fun-filled class with the latest moves from the world of popular and theatrical dance.  No prior experience necessary.

Beginning Tap
A 90 minute class designed for the absolute or early Adult/Teenage beginner.  Emphasis is on the Fundamentals of co-ordination, basic sequencing, rhythmic accuracy and classic Tap vocabulary.  This is a low impact class and can even accommodate any who need to remain in a seated position.  

Intermediate/Advanced Tap
A 90 minute class, For experienced Tappers who wish to reinforce their fundamental technique, improve their musicality and enjoy the challenge of exploring diverse styles of American Tap Dance as utilized in today’s Broadway choreography.

Musical Theater Jazz
This is an open class for Adult dancers interested in advancing their technique and exploring diverse current and classic styles of American Musical Theatre, Modern and Jazz Dance.  Broadway repertory from choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Michael Bennett, Donald McKayle, Jerome Robbins, Pat Birch, Tommy Tune, Gillian Gregory (all of whom instructor Gail Benedict worked with and/or assisted for many years) and others will be introduced.  

The class is catered to all levels and is definitely beginner friendly. We will do a Slow Flow. It will consist of a mixture of yang, active practice that will work up a sweat at a moderate pace to focus on alignment and matching breath to movement. As a cool down we will coast into yin, postures are held longer to find deep release in the connective tissues. I will be weaving in breath techniques and other tools that clients can carry what works for them off of the mat and into their everyday lives.

Hip Hop
A high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of hiphop movement. Classes will encourage participants to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Original choreography will be taught, allowing students to discover their own style. No experience needed since the main focus will be learning to move to music in a rhythmic way.

guidelines for class attire

In general, class participants should wear fitted athletic or dance attire for any mind. body. balance. class. Gentlemen should wear dance belts or athletic supporters at all times.

BALLET Ballet shoes are required for all levels. Canvas, leather, full sole, or split sole of any color are welcome. Jazz shoes are also acceptable.

MODERN We recommend being barefoot for modern classes. Socks may be worn as long as they have not been exposed to fabric softener as fabric softener can cause slick spots on studio floors. We also ask that modern participants please refrain from using lotion prior to class as modern incorporates floor work and can spread slick spots on the studio floors.

PILATES Bare feet are best for these classes.

TAP Non-heeled, full sole, tap shoes are recommended over split sole or tap shoes with a high heel. We recommend wearing thin cotton socks with tap shoes.

MUSICAL THEATER JAZZ Jazz shoes are preferred. Character shoes are welcome for certain Musical Theater styles! We recommend bringing both types of shoes if you have them already.

JAZZ Jazz shoes or dance sneakers are preferred.

HIP HOP Dance sneakers or clean street shoes are preferred.

performance opportunity

Clients of the mind. body. balance. program are invited to enroll in a weekly rehearsal each spring season to explore the creative process and celebrate their individual artistry. The experience will culminate in a performance as part of The Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Dance Festival.

2020 Spring Dance Festival Details:
#JoinTheMovement with mbb Program Manager and Choreographer Ashley Thursby on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm starting March 1 and running through May 10. Rehearsals will culminate with a performance at The Brown Theatre on Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 pm.

  • This is open to all of our mbb participants!
  • This will be an inclusive and collaborative creative process built on the theme of trust.

Register through the MINDBODY Online Enrollment Tab! (web browser only)

Another performance opportunity will be available as a full day participant in the Adult Summer Intensive! Scroll down to learn more!

adult intensive

June 1-5, 2020
Downtown Studios

We are thrilled to launch the first annual Adult Summer Intensive as a way to enhance your work within the mind. body. balance. program and showcase your growth as creatives!

The Adult Summer Intensive is open to ages 18+ and will suit the beginner through advanced dancer. Within the structure of the day we will offer Ballet Technique, Pointe Strengthening, Mens Class, Modern, Pilates, Yoga, and Choreography that will culminate in an informal performance on the final day of the program.

Participants have the option of selecting the half day program (9:00 am – 12:15 pm) or full day program from (9:00 am – 3:15 pm).

Click to view the sample schedule.

Dress Code for Intensive Participants:

  • Men: Form fitting top (tank, tee, or leotard/unitard), tights (black or white) with dance belt, and ballet slippers (black or flesh colored)
  • Women: Leotard (color of choice), tights (pink or black), skirt optional, and ballet slippers (pink or flesh colored).

registration & tuition fees

Reserve your spot today on MINDBODY Online with a $50 registration deposit! Registration is open through April 1, 2020. Payment of the remaining balance is due May 22, 2020.

  • Registration Deposit: $50 (applied towards tuition)
  • Half Day Tuition: $300
  • Full Day Tuition: $550

Available Discounts:

  • Spring Collection Participants receive $50 off!
    • Please inquire at the front desk or email for your $50 off promo code prior to registering!

Register through the MINDBODY Online Enrollment Tab! (web browser only)

community engagement

We will be adjusting the Sunday mbb schedule and heading to the movies on the following dates to take part in Baxter Avenue Theatre’s Bolshoi Live!

Select Sundays at 12:55 pm
Baxter Avenue Theatres
1250 Bardstown Road

GISELLE – Sunday, January 26, 2020

SWAN LAKE – Sunday, February 23, 2020

ROMEO & JULIET – Sunday, March 29, 2020

JEWELS – Sunday, April 19, 2020

wellness workshops

Ignite your mind and balance your body through our quarterly open forum discussions at The Louisville Ballet School’s St. Matthews Studios!

Teresa Smith, PT – KORT Physical Therapy
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Pete Buecker, MD – Meditation
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Jennifer Blair, Life Coach – Life Balance Talk
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – LIVE streaming via Zoom!
Email to get on the list!

Becky Lindberg, Nutritionist – Cardinal Athletic Dept
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Single workshops available by donation of your choosing. No amount is too small or too large. Reserve your spot now by visiting MINDBODY and searching “Louisville Ballet”.


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Ashley Thursby
mind. body. balance. Program Manager

Tara Gardner
Registration & Enrollment Manager
502-583-3150 x 245