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

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 14, 2019Refer to MINDBODY Online for the most up to date class schedule.

Day Class Time Studio Instructor
Mondays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Helen Daigle^
  Intro to 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 Beginning Ballet 2 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Robert McFarland
Musical Theatre Styles 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 Modern 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Theresa Bautista/Lauren Frederick
Fridays Beginning Ballet 1 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Robert McFarland
Saturdays Advanced Ballet 9:00 – 10:15 pm Downtown Bruce Simpson~
Intro to Ballet 1 11:00 – 12:15 pm St. Matthews Jenni Haddy
Sundays Intermediate Ballet 10:30 – 11:45 am Downtown Justin Michael Hogan*
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

drop-in class rates

Drop-in classes DO NOT require pre-registration. Clients are able to book a class using MINDBODY Online or may visit the front desk to register up to 30 minutes prior to the start of scheduled classes.

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

Available Discounted Rates:

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

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

*with valid identification

**Ages 60+

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 (expires one month from date of purchase)
  • 4 Class Package: $60.00 (expires 60 days from date of purchase)
  • 10 Class Package: $140.00 (expires 120 days from date of purchase)
  • Observation fee per class: $10.00

LBS Parent Discount:

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.

package expiration + reactivation

A one-time reactivation is available for expired Class Packages within 180 days of purchase date for a fee. Reactivation gives clients 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.

ticket discount

Active clients in the Mind Body Balance program 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 redemptions will not be permitted.

spring performance opportunity

Explore the creative process and celebrate your artistry in a new ballet work choreographed by Louisville Ballet’s Ballet Mistress, Helen Daigle. This experience will culminate in a performance as part of The Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Dance Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Brown Theatre. Register online by Saturday, February 2, 2019 to participate.

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!




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.

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.