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

About Us

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 Founder/CEO Artistic & School Director: Rachel M. Bucio Grote at 502-572-7383, or

Thank you to our professional graphic designer 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


 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 to Transformation Financial. 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

Aubrey Hinkle

Instructor & Choreographer


Aubrey Hinkle is a dance instructor who began her dance career through lyrical and jazz dance. In high school she was on the competitive hip hop and Pom teams as well part of the dance team Soljettes which performed competitive hip hop dance through the Midwest and East coast.


She had the opportunity to perform in NY for B.E.T blaze the stage. Aubrey has taught for Waterworks Dance Theatre, and Safiyyah Dance Company. She is now teaching at Ambo Dance Theatre, and Horizons Dance Theatre. She loves teaching children up through adult classes.


Aubrey is also a choreographer and performer for music videos and live performances. The stage is like her second home where all the magic of what she loves to do comes alive!


After high school, Aubrey took many jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance classes and workshops. Since then she has performed for local artists, such as Asly Toro at the Latin Music Awards, been in dance video shoots, and a number of performances.  

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.

​Aniya Hamblin

Instructor & Choreographer


Aniya Hamblin is a 16 year old high school junior who began dancing in 2015.  Ms. Aniya catapulted her dance career with her middle school dance team where she was recognized as team captain her 8th grade year.  Over the years Aniya has studied under Ale’ Betts (Waterworks Dance Theatre), Sheryl Knight (Louisville Male High School Coach, Brand Manager of XDX Xtreme Dance Xperiecne & former Ladybirds Coach) John Keen, Antionette Barret (Hip Hop), Cynthia White (Tap), and Keith Andre’ (Dance Intensive from Atlanta). 

Aniya has experience in pom, jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and heels. Aniya began choreographing her own pieces in 2018 and quickly found that she has a unique yet desired style in dance.

In March, 2021 Aniya directed and produced her first dance visual, overseeing roughly 20 dancers ranging from ages 6-38. Aniya also has experience in teaching both youth and adult dance classes.  Aniya can be seen in other dance visuals such as BABY Boy, directed by local choreographer Darion Johnson and (un)Pretty Hurts visual by Local choreographer Vernall Porter.  In addition to performing with professional dancers of the Louisville Ballet Summer 2021 Shakespeare in the Park “Cleopatra” directed and choreographed by local chorographer Ale’ Betts. 

In past years Aniya has taught summer dance camps at the Butterfly School located in the Highlands and Louisville Ballet St. Matthews Campus.

Aniya continues to study dance under the direction of the Louisville Ballet Pre-Professional Program. Aniya possess a strong love and respect for dance. Aniya’s’ philosophy is that dance is a language that we all can speak. We dance when we are happy, and excited.  We dance through pain and hurt.  We dance because we can. Dance is something that everyone is capable of, regardless. Through dance so much can be addressed as dance is truly universal and innovative.

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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