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BALLET AUSTIN II

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, is Ballet Austin’s second company, with dancers also serving as apprentices to the main company. Currently, more than half 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. With over 40 performances per season, they dance with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of work in Austin and on tour across the state.

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.

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.

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.

Recruitment

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.  Dancers age 18 and older may also follow the Company Audition process for consideration.

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.

DANIELA BENNETTI
Butler Fellow: 2020-2021 | Joined Ballet Austin II in 2021

Born in Tampa, Fla., Daniela started dancing at the age of 3 at a local studio and, at 5, continued her training at Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet.  At 13, she joined Next Generation Ballet, at Patel Conservatory.  Under the direction of Philip Neal, Daniela has performed in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, Le Corsaire, and Cinderella.  She has been featured in contemporary works by Maria Konrad, including Portraits and Aida.  Daniela attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Miami City Ballet.  Her most memorable roles are Clara and Demi-Snow Maiden in Next Generation Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

LEXI EICHER
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2021

Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Alexis began her pre-professional ballet training during the sixth grade at Project Ballet under the instruction of Beth McLeish. She spent seven weeks at the Chautauqua Summer Intensive where she worked closely with Patricia McBride and performed in George Balanchine’s Rubies with the Charlotte Ballet. She graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2021 with a BS in Ballet Performance & Psychology. At IU, she performed in Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz & The Concert, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante.

RHYS HUDSON
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Rhys is from Houston, Texas. He trained at Vitacca Dance Project before attending Boston Ballet School for 3 seasons, and then joined BalletMet’s second company for 2 seasons. At Boston Ballet he performed in Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, Ashton’s Cinderella, Balanchine’s Coppélia, Petipa’s Giselle, and Boston Ballet School’s Next Generation performances. At BalletMet Rhys performed in BalletMet’s Unlocked, Gerard Charles’s The Nutcracker, Liang’s Cinderella, Giselle, and Seasons. Over the summers Rhys has trained at Finnish National Ballet School, Orsalina 28, The Royal Ballet School, European School of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more.

MEG KATAOKA
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Meg was born in New York but grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She started her training at Tomoka Dance Studio. At YAGP 2014, Meg received an offer to join the summer intensive at The Washington School of Ballet. In 2016, she was accepted to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where she performed lead roles in Marius Petipa’s Paquita and David Linchine’s Graduation Ball. Meg was accepted to Boston Ballet School through their summer intensive 2018. At BBS, she performed Miko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and learned Balanchine’s Four Temperaments. In 2020, Meg joined Kansas City Ballet’s second company where she performed Balanchine’s Serenade, Septime Webre’s Wizard of Oz, Parrish Maynard’s Vectors, and many works by Devon Carney and Christopher Ruud.

MURRAY McCORMACK
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Murray is from Macon, Georgia, where she received training at Dance Arts Studio from Jean Weaver and Alice Sheridan. Later, she supplemented her training with teachers Rebecca Metzger and Jessica Saund in Atlanta. From 2018 to 2022, she danced at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she performed repertoire such as Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe and Justin Peck’s In Creases. She graduated from IU with a BS in Ballet Performance and International Studies with a Minor in French. Throughout her training, Murray attended several summer intensives including The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet.

ISABELLA SALAS
Butler Fellow: 2021-2022 | Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Isabella first trained at Ballet Chelsea under Wendi Dubois before earning a scholarship to Miami City Ballet’s pre-professional program. There she had the opportunity to perform in Balanchine’s Serenade as Russian Demi and as one of the six Friends in Coppélia. Isabella continued her development as a trainee for Cincinnati Ballet where she danced in numerous company productions including the roles of Snow and Flowers in The Nutcracker and Swan corps in Swan Lake.

MARLIN SIEGEL
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Born in San Francisco, California, Marlin began his ballet training at Marin Dance Theatre at the age of 12. At age 15 he joined the San Francisco Ballet School training under Jaime Diaz, Pascal Molat, and Patrick Armand. At age 17 he joined Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City as a Trainee under Jeff Rogers, Christopher Sellars, Evelyn Cisneros, and Adam Sklute. He has performed in Marin Dance Theatre’s Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop, San Francisco Ballet’s The Nutcracker, San Francisco Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, Ballet West’s The Nutcracker, Ballet West’s Romeo and Juliet as well as several academy performances with choreography by August Bournonville, George Balanchine, and Francisco Gella.

JULIUS TAIBER
Butler Fellow: 2020-2022 | Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Born in Munich, Germany and raised in Greenville, SC, Julius began his early dance training at the International Ballet Academy at the age of 9. From 2014-2017, he trained at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and then with the Next Generation Ballet from 2017 – 2018. He then attended Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of Claudio Munoz where he was given the opportunity to perform in Stanton Welch’s Bruiser and The Nutcracker, as well as Ben Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty. He has attended summer programs at Next Generation Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ellison Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Houston Ballet.

DAISY YE
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2022

Daisy Ye began her training in Boulder, Colorado at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. In 2022, she graduated with high distinction from Indiana University with a double major of a BSOF in Ballet and Economics and a BS in Informatics. At IU, she has performed Justin Peck’s In Creases, Sasha Janes’ Chaconne, George Balanchine’s Agon Pas de Trois, August Bournonville’s Pas de Sept (A Folktale) and Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. Other performance credits include Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and the Don Quixote Wedding Pas de Deux.

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