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 everyone, 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

Day Class Time Studio Instructor
Mondays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Helen Daigle^
Zumba 6:45 – 7:30 pm St. Matthews Veronica Riggs
  Introductory Ballet 2 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Aubrielle Whitis*
Beginning Ballet 2 7:30 – 8:45 pm St. Matthews Justin Michael Hogan*
 Tuesdays Musical Theatre Jazz 6:00 – 7:15 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
  Tap 7:30 – 8:45 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Wednesdays 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 Restorative Yoga 6:30 – 7:30 pm St. Matthews Ashley-Brooke McGinty
Modern 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Theresa Bautista/Lauren Frederick
Fridays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Tawnee Thompson
Saturdays Advanced Ballet 9:00 – 10:15 pm Downtown Bruce Simpson~
Introductory Ballet 1 11:00 – 12:15 pm St. Matthews Jenni Haddy
Beginning Ballet 1 1:00 – 2:15 pm St. Matthews TBD
Sundays Beginning Ballet 1 10:30 – 11:45 am Downtown Justin Michael Hogan*
Introductory Ballet 2 12:30 – 1:45 pm Downtown Ashley Thursby*
Pilates 2:00 – 3:00 pm Downtown Ashley Thursby*
Intro 1 For clients with little or no dance experience
Intro 2 For clients with less than one year of training and some understanding of ballet vocabulary
Beginning 1 For clients who have taken at least one year of the discipline and have a basic understanding of terminology used in the class
Beginning 2 For clients with at least 2-3 years of ballet training
Intermediate For dancers with technical proficiency and a thorough understanding of ballet vocabulary
Advanced For pre-professional and professional dancers and those with extensive training

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

classes offered

mind. body. balance. is thrilled to offer Musical Theater Styles and Tap with broadway veteran, Gail Benedict on Tuesdays as well as Former Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson on Wednesdays for Intermediate Ballet and Saturdays for Advanced Ballet!

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 floor.The 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!







A latin-inspired dance fitness workout, Zumba® is a mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance party.  It’s easy to follow and combines cardio, muscle conditioning, and flexibility so you can party your way to fitness!


A fun and challenging class that combines a powerful flow with core strengthening. You will move and feel from the center of your body learning to engage the core more deeply and intentionally in all postures. A rigorous class with time spent holding poses while building strength, focus, self awareness and confidence. All levels 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, and will help you feel the most benefit as you achieve your fitness goals for 2018. 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.


Classical tap dance technique updated for modern-day guys and dolls!  No prior experience necessary. We have extended the duration class due to the popularity of this class.

class packages

New Clients: Redeem Your Complimentary Class!
Single Drop-In Class – $18
4 Class Pack (2 Month Expiration) – $60
10 Class Pack (4 Month Expiration) – $140
Unlimited Month – $130



The MINDBODY App is available for download to view and sign-up for classes directly from your phone. Search “Louisville Ballet” to get started! 

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.

YOGA + 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.

ZUMBA Dance sneakers or clean athletic shoes are preferred.