Through the creative dance movement we explore, introduce and develop dance games that foster growth in dance & music


About Us

Horizons Dance Theatre was founded in 2017!  Formerly with Ballet Arts Studio (1969-2017)!

Horizons Dance Theatre’s mission is to nurture the enjoyment and health benefits of dance in our students and throughout the community, through age-appropriate dance education, performance and outreach.  Welcoming students of all ages and skill levels, we are passionate about providing a positive, supportive and fun environment that fosters individual growth in dance ability, musicality, creativity, self-expression and confidence.

Spanish can be spoken for Hispanic/Latin children and adults for classes taught by Ms. Rachel!

¡Disfruta las clases en español que Rachel ofrece para niños y adultos Latinos e Hispanos!

Students learn healthy, respectful discipline for themselves, their peers and their teachers, while experiencing accomplishment and growing friendships.  We strive to introduce students to the history, music and language of differing dance styles and to develop physical strength, flexibility and dance skill in accordance with each student’s physical needs.  Teachers among us are versed in the foundational benefits of Mindfulness, Yoga, Bartineff, Tai Chi, Chi Qong, Adult Ballet Classes and other practices that support physical conditioning through proper body mechanics.

We offer classes in Creative Movement (Mommy/Daddy and Me for ages 2-3), Pre-Ballet with Creative Movement for preschoolers, to Ballet & Tap for Kindergarten, to Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern dance for ages 7 up through adult, whether the interest is for wellness, social, hobby or pre-professional goals in dance.  Our small class sizes allow for individual teacher attention.  We look forward to creating artistic opportunities for student performance, commiserate with their skill and interest.

Horizons Dance Theatre launched its first Dance Outreach and Wellness program in August 2017 at the Masonic Home, serving individuals facing cognitive challenges.  We are passionate about the benefits of holistic body therapy approaches for improved health and quality of life.  In part of our holistic body therapy interest, we offer Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) sessions and look forward to offering JSJ introduction and self-help classes.

In the near future, we will host informal holiday dance showings (and see about future holiday performances in the Event Hall Theatre located inside the Highlands Community Campus), and Choreographer Showcases for our students.  We look forward to collaborating on performances with other artists, when opportunities present themselves, such as with our neighbor friend: Squallis Puppeeters!  We also will be offering Taste of Dance introductory sessions for teens and adults starting January 2018.  For our children’s classes, we are now offering “bring a friend days for a free class" so that young students can invite their friends to participate.

To learn more about all we currently have going on, please feel free to browse our website.  Classes are available at session and trial package rates.  For questions and further information on class schedules and rates, please contact Collaborative Artistic Director, Rachel M. Bucio Grote at 502-572-7383, or!

Thank you to my dear sister-in-law´s professional graphic design work, Karina Bucio Valencia,

for making this website and all our graphic design needs possible with us!

From the Heart of Horizons Dance Theatre: Thank You for enjoying our website!

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Rachel M. Bucio Grote

Director, Instructor & Choreographer

Rachel is from Louisville, Kentucky.  Since age 3, she grew up studying Ballet, Jazz, and Tap dance.  She stopped studying Tap dance at age 13, to pick up studying Ballroom and Latin dances, outside of Ballet & Jazz. 


Since 2001, Rachel began teaching and choreographing for ages 2-12; as well as studying Modern dance, along with Classical & Contemporary Ballet.  Gradually, her teaching and choreographing has extended to adolescents, adults, and dance outreach programs for all ages and abilities, inc. in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, swimming pool, ice skating rink for professional cross training.


Rachel has studied and worked with nationally and internationally recognized dance teachers and choreographers in different parts of the world (Kentucky, Colorado, Washington D.C., Paris & Concarneau, France; Oregon, NYC,  & Mexico), including: Sally Baker Rothenburger, Leslie Robinson-Smith, Kacey Frazier, Maggie Hoy, Pat Connelly, Ying Chang, Kathryn Altgelt with the Limon Dance Company, Gabriel Masson, Onye Ozuzu, Michelle Ellseworth, David Capps, Toby Hankin, Nada Diachenko, Erika Randall, AK Mullen,  Emily Super, Karen Genoff-Campbell, Monte Black, Becky Dyer, Alicen Rule-Halquist, Christina Noel-Adcock, Diego Pinon, Carla Perlo, Meisha Bosma, Lesole Z. Maine, Nathalie Publier, Art Bridgeman & Myrna Packer, and The Susan Marshall Dance Company.  

Rachel graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  During her almost 8 years in Colorado, she also taught, choreographed, and performed with Blue Moon Dance Company (Directed by Pat Connelly), and CU Touring Dance Company (Directed by David Capps).  After May 2008, she continued her dance career from France to NYC, back to Louisville, KY where she worked for Ballet Arts Studio

from July 2013-July 2017. Upon the closing of Ballet Arts Studio, she has chosen to carry on the spirit of Ballet Arts Studio (1969-2017). And to grow into new horizons by putting dreams into motion with teachers and students, starting with the Grand Opening Sept. 9, 2017 of establishing Horizons Dance Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky! 

Rachel is also a Licensed Financial Professional with Transamerica.  She provides free financial literacy education, and a holistic consulting approach to personal finances for families, individuals of all economic levels, and small businesses. She looks forward to continuing to develop a school for dance & theatrical arts with music, and a center eventually with healing modalities; as well as providing financial education and consulting in her other company's services.

Photographer: Guillermo A. Sollano

Kacey Frazier

Dance Specialist


From Cub Run to Carrollton, from Owensboro to Owenton, from Florence to Faubush, from Richmond to Rogers, from Somerset to Stamping Ground, from Buckner to Bardstown, and from Louisville to Lexington, Kacey Frazier's passion and enthusiasm for dance has been felt all over Kentucky. Kacey is part of the Kentucky Center’s Arts Education Showcase. She was also a writer of lesson plans for KET and KDE’s online arts/humanities course, was a consultant for both editions of KET’s Dance Arts Toolkit, wrote lesson plans for the Toolkit and its website, and was a videotaped instructor for the Creative Dance segment of the toolkit. She appears in KET’s DanceSense series on tap as well as their program entitled Arts III: Afro-Cuban Dance. She was honored to be the dance instructor for the 2nd time for The Kentucky Center’s Kentucky Institute for Arts Education for Lincoln Elementary. In addition to implementing hundreds of dance residencies and professional development since 2002, she has taught for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Foreign Language Teacher Academy, Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Center’s World Rhythms Series, Kentucky Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance state conventions, Kentucky Alliance for Arts in Education, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Louisville Free Public Library’s children’s & teens’ programs. Check her out at

Nicole Elyce Barnes

Co-Director for New Horizons Latin Dance Socials and Community Event Organizer

Nicole Elyce Barnes is a Louisville, Kentucky native. She began Latin dance in late 2013. After quickly falling in love with the Latin dance scene in 2015, she was asked to join a local group of Rueda de Casino performers.  They are “The Ville Casineras,” an all-female team that choreographs and performs routines around Louisville and the surrounding Midwest. Currently, she and a few of her teammates are working towards becoming certified in the MCC curriculum which includes the theory and history of Casino dancing, methodology, and technique.


Nicole is committed to the long-term goal of making connections beyond the dance floor; helping to cultivate a community of support, positivity, acceptance, and the love of dance.


Nicole and Rachel Bucio Grote partnered together in June of 2018 to bring together their love of dance, and supporting the communities of Louisville to bring “New” Horizons Latin Dance Social. These socials include a featured Instructor that teaches a hour Latin dance lesson, followed by many hours of amazing social dancing! 

If you have any desire to get more connected to Louisville’s Latin Dance community, feel free to reach out to Nicole, she can help you get there!

Aiesha Dukes

Instructor & Choreographer

Aiesha Dukes began her dance journey at the age of 8, with the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, where she studied several times a week.  By the time she was ready to enter college, she had studied every dance style.  Her first love was musical theatre, making that her choice of major study for her Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Illinois University.  While attending college, Aiesha also participated in dance classes, on the weekends, with the Southern Illinois Dance Company.


Upon completion of her BA, Aiesha moved to Chicago, performing and choreographing with the Anita Davis Dance Theatre, The Dance Barre, Rumble Arts Center and Ludicrous Theater Company.  After her time in Chicago, she returned home, earning a certification from Yoga Alliance and continuing her education with the American College of Sports and Medicine.  


Aiesha then moved to New York City, where she performed leading roles in several off-Broadway productions, including: Wild Women of Planet Wongo, Real Housewives of Seacaucus, and Me the People. During her time in NYC, she also worked as an in-home personal trainer and group fitness instructor with Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp, Lucile Roberts, New York Yoga, and Bring the Gym to Me.


Aiesha is thrilled to join the virtual dance school program of Horizons Dance Theatre and excited to share her expertise and love of dance with the Louisville community.

Leslie Robinson-Smith

 Instructor & Choreographer

Leslie began dance lessons at the age of 5 with the Weber School of Dance, in New Albany, Indiana. At the age of 6, Leslie’s ballet class was visited by the Russian prima ballerina Mia Slavenska, who took her by the hand, provided some correction, and told Leslie’s teacher, “This one is special.” Fate sealed.


At age 13, Leslie was selected to join the Louisville Civic Ballet for it’s very first production of The Nutcracker. She continued with the company into her early 20’s, dancing in the annual Nutcracker and other ballets, including Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird,


Songs Along the River, and others, under the direction of guest artistic directors, including Fernand Nault, George Skabine, Larry Grattis and Nels Jorgensen.

Leslie also danced in summer stock musicals at the Iroquois Amphitheatre, including Carousel, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do I Do, and others, in Kentucky Opera Association productions, and high school productions, including as Eliza in The King and I.


Leslie’s dance teaching career includes many years at the Courtney-Weber School of Dance and Ballet Arts Studio, where she taught classes in ballet and pointe, with a focus on advanced classes. In addition to teaching, she provided artistic direction for school recitals, in collaboration with teachers, students and parents, spanning theme development, music selection, set construction, costume creation, storyline development and choreography.


Leslie brings to Horizons Dance Theatre a love of dance and an ability to gently develop dancers, while helping students find their unique dance voice and express their creativity.

Laurie Garcia Cepero

 Instructor & Choreographer

Laurie Garcia Cepero began her to-date, 18-year classical ballet training and performance career at age 4, in Havana, Cuba, with the National Ballet of Cuba School of Dance.  Her dance skills and musicality, as a young teenager, brought recognition and an invitation to join the Prodanza Center of Cuba, under the artistic direction of Laura Alonso.  Performance opportunities with the Prodanza Center of Cuba, spanning both corps de ballet and soloist roles, included in the first part of Corps of Ballet and soloist roles: Corps of Ballet Swan Lake, Corsair, Dracula, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, and the Nutcracker.  Soloist in ballet of La Bayadere, grand pas role in the Nutcracker part of the Arabic dance, Don Quixote solo role in Gypies Pas de Trois, and the Ballet Majisimo.

Modern Soloist ballet role in Sensemaya, and in Pas De. 


In addition to performances in Cuba, Miss Cepero had the great honor of being invited to join the company on its 18-city tour of China in 2014, performing in the ballet Swan Lake.  The 18 city tour included: Shanghai, Xiamen, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, and Shandong.


At the age of 18, Miss Cepero moved to the United States to join her family and is now a permanent resident.  Since moving to the United States, Miss Cepero has danced with the Lexington Ballet Company, as a trainee, and most recently as a member of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble. In 2018, Miss Cepero performed in Alice and Wonderland with the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.


Horizons Dance Theatre is excited to welcome Miss Cepero as a member of our classical ballet teaching staff for children and adolescents.  We very much look forward to our students benefitting from her love of and joy in dance. 

Contact Us

Rachel Marie Bucio Grote
Director, Instructor & Choreographer


1228 E. Breckinridge Street, Box 6, Louisville, KY. 40204

Tel: (502) 572 7383


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