Ballet Teacher

For Information:   Denee Bannister

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502/593-1228 - Miss Denee (mobile)

502/241-2113 - The Studio

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Miss Denee - Our Director

Denee Bannister

Director / Founder / Teacher

“Miss” Denee  originally established this ballet studio as a branch of Lyndon Ballet School, founded by her mom, Pat Gano, who was also a dancer and teacher.

She danced with the Louisville Civic Ballet and Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. She received additional teacher training in New York, Michigan and Chicago. She was named “Dance Educator of the Year” for KY in 2005.  Her theatre and production undergraduate degree is from Indiana University.  She has a Masters Degree from U of L.

She also created the dance program at Noe Middle School in Jefferson County, where she taught dance and drama for 22 years.

Miss Denee teaches all levels of ballet at the studio, choreographs, directs and stages the recital productions and is co- artistic director of the studio's Young Dancers Company.



"Miss"  Kayleigh

Instructor/ Co-artistic  director of Young Dancers Company

"Miss" Kayleigh spent 10 years dancing, choreographing and  directing her own studio  in New York City....currently a certified master teacher with Dance Masters of America.                          

She was a resident artist and choregrapher for Dancers Studio Foundation and New York Jazz Choreography Project.  She helped create the Brooklyn Dance Festival, and was the co-founder and artistic director of Jete; Dance Center in New York.

Her students performed with Derek Mitchell, Ant Boogie, The Brooklyn Nets, Jason Samules Smith  and more.... and have been featured in dance catalogues, including Art Stone, A Wish Come True, and Bloch Costume  and Dancewear.   Her students have preformed with American Ballet Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Joffery Ballet, The Alvin Ailey School,  MTV and Urban Dance League.

Kayleigh teaches all levels of ballet at our studio, plus modern,  contemporary and musical theatre.  She is also the co-director of our Young Dancers Company.  She joined our staff in Summer 2016.

The studio is located at 5907 W. Hwy 22, just East of the 3-way stop-sign by Crestwood Elementary and just West of the Hwy 329 bypass.

Village Dance Theatre began in 1974 in the Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley. It was originally a branch of Lyndon Ballet School, directed by Pat Hale Gano. For several years it was the ballet school for Waldeck Academy of the Arts. We've had a full time home since 1997 and opened the current studio location at 5907 W. Hwy 22, Crestwood  in August 2010.

Since 1985, Village Dance Theatre has presented story ballets for its annual recital production, performing children' adaptation  of ballets like "Cinderella," "The Nutcracker  Suite,"  "Pinocchio" and "the Sleeping Beauty" … Directed and staged by Denee Bannister … choreography by "Miss" Denee and studio faculty.

in the fall of2012, the studio became the home of Young Dancers Company, a ballet company for our intermediate and advanced students, offering classes and performing opportunities.