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! We have weekly classes with 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!
  • Pre-fill your water bottles and arrive under dressed in your class attire.
  • Clients are required to wear a face mask when entering the facility and exiting the studio. Face masks are optional during MBB classes.
  • 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 Beginning Ballet 2 7:00 – 8:15 pm St. Matthews Sheila Zeng
Tuesdays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Ashley Thursby*
Wednesdays Intermediate Ballet 10:00 – 11:15 am St. Matthews Ashley Thursby*
Wednesdays Beginning Ballet 1 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews Sanjay Saverimuttu*
Wednesdays Jazz 6:45 – 8:00 pm St. Matthews David Thurmond
Saturdays Intro to Ballet 1 11:00 am – 12:15 pm St. Matthews Tawnee Thompson
Saturdays Beg/Int Tap 11:00 am – 12:30 pm St. Matthews Gail Benedict
Saturdays Intro to Ballet 1 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm St. Matthews Tawnee Thompson
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


  • Effective Monday, June 14, 2021, face masks are optional during MBB classes. Clients are still required to wear a face covering when entering the facility and exiting the studio as young dancers may be in the building.
  • Booking Policy:
    • Classes must be booked and paid for at least 2 hours in advance using the Mindbody Online website or App.
  • Join us for an Intermediate/Advanced Summer Master Class Series with Brienne Wiltsie Keehner July 19-22!
  • Join us for FREE classes on our Cultural Pass Saturdays: June 26, July 10, July 24
  • 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


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



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 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.

adult intensive

May 31- June 4, 2021
Louisville Ballet Studios
315 E Main Street

We are thrilled to launch our second annual Adult Intensive as a way to enhance your work within the mind. body. balance. program and offer up more performance opportunities to showcase your growth as creatives!

The Adult Intensive is open to ages 18+ and will suit the beginner-advanced dancer! 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. Capacity is limited to 16 total participants.

Click to view the sample schedule.

registration & tuition fees

  • Half Day Tuition: $300 (9:00 am – 12:15 pm)
  • Full Day Tuition: $550 (9:00 am – 3:15 pm)

Register today via the Enrollments tab on Mindbody Online and reserve your spot with a $50 deposit!

#JoinTheMovement for a 20% discount if paid in full by February 14, 2021!

Final payment deadline: May 21, 2021

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 with mbb Program Manager and Choreographer Ashley Thursby. The experience will culminate in a dance film performance as part of The Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Dance Festival.

#JoinTheMovement on Sundays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm March 7 – May 9, 2021. Rehearsals will culminate with a performance film!
Things to know:
  1. This is open to all of our mbb participants, no matter what level!
  2. This will be performed as a dance film following the CDC’s health and safety guidelines.
  3. Capacity is limited to 12 dancers.
  4. Register online via the Enrollments tab on Mindbody Online with $150 Spring Collection fee.
Registration deadline: February 26, 2021


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Ashley Thursby
mind. body. balance. Program Manager

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


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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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:


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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