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Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin’s apprentice program and second company. Currently, 80 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions are filled with Ballet Austin II graduates.

Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They perform with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of performances in Austin and on tour across the state. To date, 109 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 42 companies across the nation, including Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Nevada Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, Nai-Ni Chen, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Spectrum/Donald Byrd, Wideman/Davis Dance, Alabama Ballet, Thang Dao Dance, Northwest Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago, and Louisville Ballet.

Dancers range in age from 18-23 and are employed for a 32-week season. They are contracted with Ballet Austin II for up to two years, during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling, and job placement assistance. Each spring Ballet Austin brings artistic directors from across the nation to observe and audition Ballet Austin II dancers in class and rehearsal. Ballet Austin II members take company class, augmented by their own classes and rehearsals conducted by Ballet Austin’s artistic staff.

Ballet Austin provides rehearsal and performance shoes, onsite physical therapy, as well as the option to participate in a group health insurance plan. Additionally, through a partnership with PeletonU, Ballet Austin II dancers may pursue a college degree. The competency-based structure of this online program allows dancers to complete a two-year Associates Degree in as few as nine months and includes access to tutors and advisors at PeletonU’s local campuses.


Ballet Austin II dancers are recruited through the Butler Fellowship Program, Ballet Austin’s Summer Intensive Program and partnerships with select training institutions across the country. Auditions for the Summer Intensive are held each winter/spring. Students age 18 and older can also be considered for acceptance into the Summer Intensive by attending a Company Audition.

For more information about Ballet Austin II please visit our video gallery. You may also email Eugene Alvarez or call 512-476-9151 with any additional questions.

Danielle Archuleta
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2019

Danielle is from Littleton, Colo. She received her early training at Belliston Academy of Ballet. She attended summer intensive programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. She continued training at Miami City Ballet’s pre-professional program from 2014-2017. While there, she had the opportunity to perform Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Valse Fantaisie. Upon graduating from Miami City Ballet, she joined City Ballet of San Diego as a company dancer before joining Ballet Austin. Some of her most recent performing highlights include Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and dancing the role of Clara in Elizabeth Wistrich’s The Nutcracker.

Harrison Broadbent
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2019

Harrison is from Concord, N.H. He received his early training from Eastern Ballet Institute before joining the pre-professional program of Boston Ballet School in 2014 and then the Boston Ballet Trainee Program in 2017. He attended summer programs at Bolshoi, School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. His professional performance experience includes roles in Nikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.

Ellis Broderick
Butler Fellows: 2018-2010 | Joined Ballet Austin II in 2020

Born in New York and raised in Bennington, Vt., Ellis Broderick began her early dance training at Berkshire Dance Theatre. From 2015-2017 she trained at Boston Ballet School, where she performed in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and several student showcases. She then trained at Ballet Academy East under the direction of Darla Hoover, where she performed in George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Scherzo à la Russe, as well as August Bournonville’s Napoli. Ellis’ Ballet Austin performances include the Grand Pas from Paquita, Jennifer Hart’s Once ‘Round The Sun, and Stephen Mills’ The Firebird and The Nutcracker.

Jasmine Getz
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2018

Jasmine is from Chicago, Ill., and began dancing at age 3. Her pre-professional training began at Judith Salvandar Ballet and continued at Faubourg Ballet under the instruction of Tatyana Mazur. She attended the summer programs of Complexions, Bolshoi, Ballet Chicago, and the Joffrey. Jasmine has worked with choreographers such as Shannon Alvis, Sean Aaron Carmon, Ronn Stewart, Aaron Rogers, and Preston Miller. Her Ballet Austin II credits include roles in the Grand Pas from Paquita, Joshua Manculich’s Menagerie, Jimmy Orrante’s Ugly Duckling, and Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and Giselle.

Arnaldo Hernandez
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2020

Arnaldo is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He started his training at Pasos Ballet Academy and The Conservatory of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico. He was later accepted to The Rock School for Dance Education where he performed in Nutcracker 1776 as well as Gala and Fringe Festival showcases. After his time there, he joined Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company and danced the pas de trois from Paquita, Celtic Fire, and the pas de deux from La Fille mal gardée. He also appeared in main company productions such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Macmillan’s Romeo & Juliet, Angel Corella’s La Bayadere, and Jerome Robbin’s Glass Pieces.

Michael Jastrzebski
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2020

Originally from Philadelphia, Penn., Michael began his ballet training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy as part of its nationally acclaimed Boys’ Scholarship Program directed by Lisa Collins Vidnovic. During his training, he became a Youth America Grand Prix medalist and New York semifinalist in 2017 and 2018. He attended summer programs at Bolshoi Ballet Academy and The Royal School in London. After graduating high school, Michael was selected to join the professional track program at The Washington Ballet, under the direction of Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev. He then continued his studies as a trainee at Pennsylvania Ballet, performing with the company in productions such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Angel Corella’s La Bayadere.

Lucia Lorenzo
Butler Fellows: 2018-2020 / Joined Ballet Austin II in 2020

Lucia is from Rochester, N.Y. She trained at the Draper Center for Dance Education under Jamey Leverett and as a trainee with the Rochester City Ballet under David Palmer. From 2016-2018 she studied with the San Francisco Ballet School under Patrick Armand. During that time she danced works by Balanchine and Helgi Tomasson and participated in multiple student choreographic pieces as both a choreographer and a dancer. In her first season at Ballet Austin, she danced the Grand Pas from Paquita, Jennifer Hart’s Once ‘Round the Sun, Jimmy Orrante’s The Ugly Duckling, Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and Giselle.

Megan McKelvey
Butler Fellow: 2017-2019 | Joined Ballet Austin II in 2019

Megan is originally from Brookfield, Wis. She began her ballet training at
Milwaukee Ballet School at age 4. In 2005, Megan began studying at Pacific Northwest Ballet under Nicholas Ade. In 2013 she attended The University of North Carolina School of The Arts under Susan Jaffe through high school graduation. She spent her summers at Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, and Next Generation Ballet. At Ballet Austin she has performed in Raymonda Pas De Dix, Jordan Moser’s Mouthwings, Grand Pas from Paquita, Alexa Capareda’s Klein Blue / The Void, Jimmy Orrante’s Ugly Duckling, and Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and Giselle.

Isabella Phillips
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2018

Born in Fremont, Calif., Isabella trained at San Francisco Ballet. At 15 she continued at Ballet San Jose under José Manuel Carreño where she performed in the U.S. premiere of Alicia Alonso’s Giselle. At 17 she joined The New Ballet Studio Company under Dalia Rawson Hughes. In fall 2017, she was a trainee with Smuin Ballet. Summer training included Joffrey Ballet Chicago, National Ballet of Cuba’s Yoira Esquivel Brito and Amparo Brito, and Ellison Ballet. Her Ballet Austin II credits include the Grand Pas from Paquita, Joshua Manculich’s Menagerie, Jimmy Orrante’s Ugly Duckling, and Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and Giselle.

Dianetzy Rojas
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2019

Dianetzy is originally from Puerto Rico. Her early training began in Puerto Rico at Escuela Julian E. Blanco, Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, and Escuela de Danza de Siglo 21 before being accepted to the School of American Ballet in 2016. At SAB she has performed works by George Balanchine, Justin Peck, William Forsythe, and Sofia Bianchi. Other performance experience includes Don Quixote with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.

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