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ABOUT US

Performing Arts Louisville (formerly Dancers Center Training) can take actors, dancers, and singers as far as they want to go by offering convenient drop-in classes, class cards, memberships, training programs, and private lessons.

We began this journey in 2018 with a group of professional instructors and performers that saw a need in the community for performing arts training that went beyond the traditional recital and competition model. Spearheaded by Beth Craig Hall and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky in St. Matthew's Station, DCT opened its doors in July of 2018. Based on the same model and principals as its sister company ACTORS CENTER FOR TRAINING. After three successful years, we realized that the Dancers Center for Training name did not represent all that we do. We train performing artists from beginner to professional.  Our approach is practical, rigorous, and develops the performer for more than just the stage. This training nurtures self-confidence, artistry, and professionalism. 

 

If we are to take our mission seriously, “training artists as far as they want to go,” then our name should reflect that. We are now Performing Arts Louisville (PAL). With multiple class options for the casual student who might have social or fitness goals in mind, to the serious student who is training for college, to the professional actor who will audition for a company or production, we have all the tools to help you succeed.

 

PAL offers drop-in classes, class cards, memberships, training programs, and private lessons that are tailored to a student's specific needs. Our training programs are designed to produce a well-rounded artist that is highly skilled and can market their strength Don’t see something that fits you? PAL will help design a program for you.

 

The success of our performers lies in how we train with acting first.  Each performance is a role whether you speak, dance, or sing.  You have to communicate and connect with your audience, and acting is where that begins. We are also always working towards a goal. We help students self-evaluate, side-by-side with their instructors, to measure how well we are meeting goals and what we may need to work on next.  

 

We also work exclusively with ACT Louisville Productions. Through education and performance opportunities, students can take what they’ve learned and bring performing arts to the community. In 2021 we helped to bring Musical Theatre back to Iroquois Amphitheater. We can't wait to see what new opportunities lie ahead!

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Allison McCoy- Associate Director

Allison brings decades of experience from classical ballet to Giordano jazz. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.  Allison has mentored an incredible list of professional dancers. She continues to mentor YAGP to 20 and top 10 finalists.

Madison Case

Madison is a native of Kentucky. She began her training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown under the director of Sherry Barnard. She was also often found on stage in numerous musical theatre productions.  In 2014, Madison graduated from the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts as a dance major. In 2015, she moved to Chicago to dance with Ballet Chicago where she had the opportunity to train under Daniel Duell and perform excerpts from Balanchine's Serenade, and Who Cares. She then went on to dance professionally with Charlottesville Ballet, Manassas Ballet Theatre, Stavna Ballet, and Ballet Virginia. Some of her favorite roles she has performed include Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swan Corps in Swan Lake, and the Fairy of Generosity in Sleeping Beauty.

Nicole Caruana

. INicole graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, trained additionally at London Contemporary Dance School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, American Dance Festival School, and trained under Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. Nicole has choreographed for  professional and preprofessional dance companies including BalletX and Joffrey Ballet School NYC, as well as choreographing and performing in her  own projects. 

Jill Carroll

Jill Dierking Carroll is a former professional dance in Los Angeles mastering in the musical theater style of jazz and tap. 

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