Dance Academy

The Dance Educators – specializing in classical ballet training ages 4 and up

The University of Louisville Dance Academy seeks to provide to Louisville and the surrounding region the finest classical dance training available in an academic setting and to make available to students seeking this training a nurturing, safe environment open to all and conducive to learning and to the exploration of all student potentials.

Founded in 1972, the University of Louisville Dance Academy (ULDA) focuses on serious ballet training for young children through adults in an academy setting. Our ULDA Children’s Conservatory specializes in the training of young children in an age appropriate manner that fosters the joy of dance and lays a classical ballet foundation. Once our students reach Level V we have two avenues of training available: the collegiate/professional track and the recreational track. The ULDA also has college age students and adults.

The collegiate/ professional track is designed to train middle school and high school age dancers in such a manner that they can pursue dance at a collegiate and/or professional level. The recreational track is designed for students who wish to dance through high school and/or college for pleasure, discipline and exercise.

The ULDA is the official school of the University of Louisville Dance Theatre, a pre-professional, civic level ballet company that focuses on preparing middle and high school age dancers to pursue ballet after they graduate from high school.

Alumni from the ULDA have danced, or are presently dancing in professional companies throughout the country and Canada. These companies include American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Miami City Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho, Louisville Ballet and San Diego Ballet.

Students from the ULDA have been invited to study during summer programs at the School of American Ballet (school for the New York City Ballet), the American Ballet Theatre School, the San Francisco Ballet School, the Joffrey Ballet School, the Pacific-Northwest Ballet School, the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet Academy, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School (London), the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Aspen Ballet Academy.

Students from the ULDA have majored in dance, are in the process of majoring in dance or have acquired a post graduate degree relating to dance at Radford University, SUNY (State Universities of New York) at Purchase, The Tish School of the Arts at New York University, University of Oklahoma and Jacksonville University.

We provide our dancers with a significant number of performing opportunities annually as part of their training process. That having been said, it is important to note that their rehearsals happen outside of classes and rarely interfere with their class schedules. Being in class on a consistent basis is an extremely important aspect of performing. The first weekend of December we perform our version of The Nutcracker, Clara’s Dream. This performance involves our Level I dancers through our higher level dancers. The Lecture Demonstration, in which we showcase the training of the Beginners through Level VIII/Dance Theatre, is in March. In May and Labor Day weekend the University of Louisville Dance Theatre has two additional performances, Spring Gala and An Evening of Dance at the Iroquois Amphitheatre.

Many of our students choose the recreational track so that they can enjoy ballet through their high school and/or college years. These students and their parents understand that an education in the arts serves academics and is training for life. We are equally proud of the many excellent academic students and highly capable citizens associated with our school. We salute our students as they continue to grow and move forward in their lives to enhance the world in which they live and support the arts.

Dean, School of Music, Christopher Doane
Dance Academy Co-Directors: Cynthia Bronner & Chuck Bronson
Administrative Assistant: Judith Hake

Dance Office
Room LL01, School of Music
University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
Louisville, KY 40292

Monday through Friday
Phone: (502) 852-6878
For questions or comments email Judy Hake