Our Mission Statement

To engage, enrich, and inspire the human spirit through artistically exceptional youth ballet education, performance, and community engagement.

Our Vision

Is to engage our community and cultivate partners passionate about providing equal access to life-changing dance opportunities for youth across Northern Colorado

We strive to enliven and elevate the human spirit using dance, specifically the perfect form of dance known as ballet. A technique of movement that was born in the courts of kings and queens, ballet has survived to this day to become one of the most elegant, most adaptable, and most powerful means of human communication.

Our diverse community of students, teachers, and staff is a testament to our dedication to creating a space where differences are celebrated. We actively promote an environment where mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance thrive. We believe that embracing diversity not only enriches our artistic experiences but also empowers our students to grow as individuals.

Founder, Kristin Kingsley

Kristin Kingsley, originally hails from Kansas City, MO where she danced professionally with the Kansas City Ballet. She began her studies with Diana Adams, Una Kai, and Todd Bolender. She continued her studies with Sandra Jennings, Bart Cook, and John Prinz. She enjoyed the teaching of Victoria Fedine, Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, and Melissa Hayden. Her professional performance repertoire favorites include Dance of the Hours from Coppélia, Alvin Ailey’s The River, Violente Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty under the direction of John Prinz, Kitri in Don Quixote, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, and Autumn Fairy in Cinderella.

Ms. Kingsley formed the LDT Academy to offer a pre-professional ballet school and after many years in the community, it is still the premier pre-professional ballet school in Longmont. Alumnae have gone on to work with Ballet Chicago (Danny Duell), Atlantic City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Students have been accepted to summer intensive programs such as: Ballet Met (Columbus, Ohio), Ballet West (Salt Lake City, Utah), Kansas City Ballet (MO), Orlando Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (NY, NY), Julliard (NY, NY), Jillana’s Technique in Taos (Taos, NM), Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, WA), American Ballet Theatre (divisions in Detroit, California and Atlanta). LDT Academy students have been accepted to the following schools: CU Boulder, UNC Greeley, AMDA, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston College, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, NYU, and the University of Utah.