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!

 

11/19/2020 Studio Update:

To our amazing clients,

Due to the Governor’s new mandates announced Wednesday, November 18, we will be temporarily closing in-studio classes beginning Saturday, November 21. We will offer a virtual class schedule via Zoom.

All classes must be booked at least 2 hours in advance using Mindbody Online or the Mindbody App to receive the Zoom Link 15 minutes prior to the start of class.

There will be no classes held during our regularly scheduled Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28.

Our intention is to return to our in-studio operations with our Adult Master Class Series, held at the Downtown Studios, Monday, December 14 – Thursday, December 17.

More details about our December class schedule will follow in our December Monthly Mantra Newsletter.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we take time to form a plan of action to provide classes in the safest possible way for our clients, faculty, and staff.

Yours in dance and movement,

-The Louisville Ballet School Team

 

Photo Credit: Sam English

Let’s move! With our gradual re-opening, we have weekly classes offered on a revised schedule and limited in-studio capacity.

Things to know:

  • 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 & cancellation window closes 2 hours before class.
    • Drop-ins are not permitted at this time.
  • Class capacity has been lowered for your health and safety.
    • Waitlisting is available with automated text notifications to let you know if a spot opens up in class!
  • Clients will undergo a brief health screening upon entry.
  • Pre-fill your water bottles and arrive under dressed in your class attire.
  • Clients are required to wear a face mask into the facility and during class.
  • Please review The Louisville Ballet School’s 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 and new ONLINE offerings!  Studio assignments are listed under the room listing on the MINDBODY App.

 

 

Day Class Time Studio Location Instructor
Mondays Advanced Tap 7:00 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Mondays Beginning Ballet 2 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Minh-Tuan Nguyen*
Tuesdays Intermediate Ballet 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Minh-Tuan Nguyen*
Wednesdays Beginning Ballet 1 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Sanjay Saverimuttu*
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 Intro to Ballet 2 12:30 – 1:45 pm Online via Zoom*** Ashley Thursby*
Sundays Pilates 2:00 – 3:00 pm Online via Zoom*** Ashley Thursby*

 

*Louisville Ballet Company Dancer or Trainee
^Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff
~Former Louisville Ballet Artistic Staff
***Due to the start of the Season of Illumination, we have moved the Sunday offerings online. The Zoom platform offers the instructor to see each client and give personalized feedback just like they receive during in-person classes.

announcements

  • Review our Health & Safety Guidelines as we return to in-studio classes.
  • Booking Policy:
    • Classes must be booked and paid for at least 2 hours in advance using the Mindbody Online website or App. Drop-ins are not permitted at this time.
  • Winter Master Class Series: December 14-17, 2020
    • Book before December 1st to receive the Early Bird discount!
  • Register for a FREE Wellness Workshop on January 9, 2021 by emailing athursby@louisvilleballet.org
  • 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

faculty


Theresa Bautista

Gail Benedict

Lauren Frederick

Minh-Tuan Nguyen*

Tawnee Thompson

David 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

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 College Student*, Military*, and Seniors**
  • $15 YOGAST8 Client
  • $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 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.

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

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 

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.

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.  

Yoga
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.

Join us for a free Wellness Workshop! The Mind-Body Connection: Managing Stress Through Movement presented by Mental Health Louisville via Zoom on ‪January 9th, 2021 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm‬.

It’s well known that caring for our body is important if we want to live a long, healthy life, but what about our mental health? How does caring for/not caring for our body connect to our emotional state? Our minds and bodies are interconnected more than most people recognize. Chronic stress can lead to both emotional burnout and high blood pressure, tension can lead to anxiety, inflammation is often connected to depressive symptoms, and vice versa. As we’ve seen an increase in mental health distress over the past year, we know it’s more important than ever to develop a multifaceted approach to caring for both our bodies and minds.  In this workshop we’ll talk about what a “mind-body” connection really means and learn new ways to care for ourselves in our entirety. Participants will learn about our body’s natural response to stress and trauma as well as ways we can use our bodies to help process our emotional experiences.

To register please email athursby@louisvilleballet.org.

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.

Stay tuned for 2021 Spring Dance Festival details!

adult intensive

Stay tuned for 2021

Click to view the sample schedule.

registration & tuition fees

Stay tuned for 2021

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