“My vision has always been to offer all children the opportunity to experience the art of dance.  My academy offers all levels and styles of dancing taught by a professional faculty.”  ~Lou Ann Young, Founder~ 1930-2017


Academy registration for the 2022-2023 season is ongoing. Please contact our academy office at office@aybtacademy.com for details.


Welcome to Anderson Young Ballet Theatre Academy, Official School of Anderson Young Ballet Theatre.  Directed by Jennifer Thiemet, our school offers technical dance training in a professional setting.

Our Academy is located in downtown Anderson, Indiana in the Big Four Arts Depot. This historic setting is a wonderful and inspiring place for your child to learn, dance, grow, and perform.

Academy Hours: 4:00pm to 9:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:30am to 4:00pm Saturdays


Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, Inc.

Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to bringing the art of dance to the community. Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, Inc. 

Anderson Young Ballet Theatre is pre-professional dance company under the artistic direction of Jennifer Thiemet.  Founded in 1974 by Lou Ann Young, AYBT has utilized Anderson’s dancing youth to produce such full-length classical ballets as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, Red Shoes, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, and several ballet excerpts. AYBT has also presents many world-premier ballets such as Nosferatu, Le Voyage, The Little Mermaid, and The Legend of MuLan. Our choreographic team is beginning our newest ballet for our 2023-2024 Season, The 12 Dancing Princess, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season. AYBT is also one of the forerunners in dance for modern and musical theater. Each season, in addition to the Nutcracker, AYBT performs two additional full-length productions at the beautiful Anderson Paramount Theater.


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