mind. body. balance.

Welcome to Louisville Ballet’s health & wellness initiative.

We offer quality training in a variety of dance & fitness styles for adults and teens ages 15+, from the true beginner to the professional dancer. All levels of ability are welcome!

 

Let’s move!

  • Scheduling opens 2 weeks in advance for every class.
  • Book early to save your spot on Mindbody Online or the Mindbody App 📲 (Search for Louisville Ballet to find our class scheduler)
  • The booking & early cancellation window closes 2 hours before class.
    • Drop-ins are not permitted at this time.
  • Waitlisting is available with automated text notifications to let you know if a spot opens up in class!
  • Pre-fill your water bottles and arrive under dressed in your class attire.
  • Please review The Louisville Ballet School’s updated Health & Safety Guidelines.

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.

 

Day Class Time Studio Location Instructor
Mondays Intermediate Ballet 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Sanjay Saverimuttu*
Tuesdays Beginning Ballet 1 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Daniel Scofield*
Wednesdays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:30 am St. Matthews Bruce Simpson~, Phillip Velinov*
Wednesdays Jazz 6:30 – 7:45 pm St. Matthews David X. Thurmond
Wednesdays Beginning Ballet 2 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Sheila Zeng
Thursdays Gentle Ballet 4:45 – 6:00 pm St. Matthews Sheila Zeng
Saturdays Rotating Somatic Practice 8:00 am – 9:00 am East Main Street Rotating Instructor
Saturdays Advanced Ballet 9:00 am – 10:30 am East Main Street Bruce Simpson~, Phillip Velinov*
Saturdays Intro to Ballet 1 11:00 am – 12:15 pm St. Matthews Tawnee Thompson
Saturdays Beg/Int Tap 11:45 am – 1:15 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Sundays Beg Contemporary Modern 9:30 am – 10:45 am East Main Street Theresa Bautista
Sundays Int/Adv Contemporary Modern 11:00 am – 12:15 pm East Main Street Theresa Bautista
Sundays Intro to Ballet 2 12:30 – 1:45 pm East Main Street Ashley Thursby*
Sundays Pilates 2:00 – 3:00 pm East Main Street Ashley Thursby*

 

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

 

Rotating Somatic Practices 8:00 – 9:00 am on Saturdays Downtown:

GYROKINESIS® classes with Minh-Tuan Nguyen, GYROKINESIS® Trainer on 8/6, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 1/14, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 4/15 5/6

Pilates with Ashley Thursby on 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/10, 10/15, 10/22, 11/12, 11/19, 1/14, 1/21, 2/11, 2/18, 3/11, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20

Yoga with Leigh Anne Albrecta on 9/24, 10/29, 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29, 5/27

announcements

  • Free Fridays with Dance Fit: 8/26, 9/30, 11/25, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28
  • Sunday Class Transfer to St. Matthews: 10/16, 11/20
  • Save the Date!
    • Winter Master Class 1/2/2023 – 1/5/2023
    • Adult Intensive 5/29/2023 – 6/3/2023
    • Evening Intensive 6/5/2023 – 6/9/2023
    • Summer Master Class 7/24/2023 – 7/27/2023
  • Winter Break: 12/19/2022 – 1/1/2023
  • Attend yoga classes at a discount with our neighbor, YOGAST8! Redeem a discounted class by emailing holler@yogast8.com in advance.
  • Continue to move with us on the Mind Body Balance – Louisville Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram @mindbodybalancelou for the latest updates.

 

st. matthews location

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

We are located on the second floor next to our neighbors, YOGAST8.

downtown location

Louisville Ballet
315 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Check-in will take place at the side door by the large parking lot

class packages
In an ongoing effort to provide our clients with more affordable, quality dance training and fitness classes, we have created class packages to fit a variety of needs. Packages may be applied towards any weekly class offering (unless otherwise noted). At this time, advanced booking is required for all classes, at least 2 hours prior to the start of class. Clients are able to book and purchase a any of our class package options by visiting Mindbody Online or using the Mindbody App up to 14 days prior to any scheduled class. Cancellations may be made up to 2 hours before a class reservation.

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

parent package discount

Parents of students enrolled in The Louisville Ballet School for a Fall or Spring semester will be sent a promo code at the beginning of the semester to use in the Mindbody Online Store to redeem class packages at a special discounted rate. (Please note: promo codes cannot be used with the Mindbody App.)

drop-in class rate

Clients are able to book and purchase a single class by visiting Mindbody Online or using the Mindbody App up to 2 hours prior to class.

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

discount rates

Discounts are not available in the Mindbody Online Store. To redeem any of our discount rates, please enter the most up to date billing information in your Mindbody Online account and contact the School Registrar by emailing school@louisvilleballet.org with your purchase and class booking requests with at least 48 hours notice. Cancellations may be made up to 2 hours before a class begins, using Mindbody Online or the Mindbody App.

  • $15 Professional Rate Actor/Singer/Dancer*
  • $15 College Student*, Military*, and Seniors**
  • $15 YOGAST8 Client

*with valid identification
**Ages 60+

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!

Gentle Ballet

Mixed Level
Gentle ballet is meant for anyone who is wanting to focus on building strength and balance through ballet movement at a slower pace, focusing on elements of stability and confidence in their movement to help with daily life. This will be great for those working through injury, wanting to focus on balance and stability, and gentle stretching and mobility work. It is also a great way to get a second class per week for our Introductory Ballet 1 level dancers!

Pilates

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

GYROKINESIS®

breath The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences.

Yoga

A Vinyasa yoga practice that connects individual poses with the breath in a series of flowing sequences of movement. 

 

Modern 

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.

Jazz

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.

Dance Fit
Dance into your weekend for FREE until 2023! This offering is a great way to introduce a friend to mbb and all that we offer. Come in breathable clothing, and comfortable footwear!

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.

SOMATIC OFFERINGS  Bare feet are best for Pilates, Yoga, and Gyrokinesis 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.

faculty


Theresa Bautista

Gail Benedict

Lauren Frederick
Sheila Zeng
Tawnee Thompson

David X. Thurmond

Ashley Thursby*

Sanjay Saverimuttu*

Bruce Simpson~
 

 

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

 

accompanists


Javier Cendejas

Ethan McCollum

Mary Crawford

Adam O’Boyle

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 cancellations after the 2 hour window has closed.
  • No refunds are offered for classes cancelled, expired, or attended.
  • Contactless payment is required via Mindbody Online or the Mindbody App.
  • 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.

performance opportunity

#JoinTheMovement with mbb Program Manager and Choreographer Ashley Thursby on Sundays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm starting March 12, 2023 and running through May 14, 2023. Rehearsals will culminate with a performance at The Brown Theatre on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2:00 PM as part of The Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Dance Festival!

Things to know:

  • This is open to all of our mbb participants, no matter what level!
  • Registered clients must take at least 2 mbb offerings per week during the rehearsal and performance period. This is to further your commitment to movement technique as you prepare for the performance.
  • Tech week at the theatre with one stage rehearsal will run May 15-20 (call times TBA).
  • Capacity is limited to 12 performers.

Register online via the enrollment tab on Mindbody Online with $150 Spring Collection fee.

All fees are non-refundable. No deductions or refunds will be made for absence or withdrawal, voluntary or involuntary, unless for medical reasons with documentation from your doctor.

Registration deadline: March 6, 2023

adult intensive

May 29 – June 3, 2023 (Full or Half Day)
June 5 – June 9, 2023 (Evening)

Louisville Ballet Studios
315 East Main Street

The Adult Intensive is open to ages 18+ and will suit the beginner-advanced dancer! During the week of May 29, participants will have the option to choose a Half Day (9:00 am – 12:15 pm) or Full Day (9:00 am – 3:15 pm) program option. Daily classes include Ballet Technique, Pointe Strengthening, Jump Strengthening, Modern, Pilates, Yoga and Choreography that will be performed for Full Program participants.

This year, we are adding a NEW evening add-on option the week of June 5 that will run from 5:30-8:45pm the week following the full Adult Intensive for those with less flexible work schedules. We would love to see you for both weeks, but understand the busy lives of our mbb-ers!

Click to view a sample schedule.

registration & tuition fees

Reserve your spot with a $50 registration deposit!

  • Half Day Tuition: $300
  • Full Day Tuition: $550

Final payments are due May 19, 2023.

All fees are non-refundable. No deductions or refunds will be made for absence or withdrawal, voluntary or involuntary, unless for medical reasons with documentation from your doctor.

Register via the Enrollments tab on Mindbody Online.

connect

Facebook Page: Mind Body Balance- Louisville
Facebook Group: Client Connection
Instagram: @mindbodybalancelou
Monthly Mantra Newsletter: Subscribe here!
2019-2020 Client Handbook

questions

Ashley Thursby
mind. body. balance. Program Manager
athursby@louisvilleballet.org

Tara Gardner
Registration & Enrollment Manager
tgardner@louisvilleballet.org
502-583-3150 x 245

SWAN LAKE

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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ChorShow

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:

Emeralds

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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