PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE: March 17, 2020

To our Ballet Austin family,

In light of the federal, state, and city directives limiting community gatherings, our Ballet Austin team joins others across the country around the world in making tough decisions to ensure we do our part to make you and your family’s health and well-being our highest priority.

We miss seeing and spending time with you. For the time being, we serve you and our team most responsibly by using different points of connection.

Our mission is—and remains—to involve and strengthen the community through the creation and experience of dance and the encouragement of health and well-being.  

Until we can be together again, we remain committed to fulfilling our mission in new ways. You will be hearing from us!

On behalf of our Ballet Austin board, artists, and support team, Stephen and I offer a quick update on Ballet Austin offerings affected by recent public health directives:

  • The Austin Music Project, scheduled for March 27-29, at the Long Center has been canceled. Ticket replacement options have been shared with audience members holding tickets to this production in hopes that everyone will join us for future performances.
     
  • The Ballet Austin Academy and Young Children’s Division will resume classes on Monday, April 6, at both our downtown studios and the Shalom Austin/Jewish Community Center in northwest Austin, consistent with Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) decision to extend spring break until April 6. Should AISD revise its return date, we’ll contact you with updated class information via email and on our website.
     
  • The Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and the Pilates Center are currently closed. We hope to reopen on Monday, April 6, and we’ll advise you should this date change.
     
  • The Ballet Austin Guild's A MIDSUMMER AFTERNOON TEA spring fundraiser, which was scheduled for Sunday, April 26, has been canceled. This annual event raises needed funds for Ballet Austin's community mission, and Ballet Austin Guild members suggest that in lieu of purchasing an annual Guild Tea sponsorship or ticket, you consider a donation to Ballet Austin. Click here to learn more about the Guild and ways you can get involved and offer support.

Facing these understandable, but unprecedented cancellations creates serious and lasting hardships for everyone within our Ballet Austin community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community. We’re grateful for your continued patience and support during this challenging time, as we work to protect the health and safety of the many lives we touch.

Our Ballet Austin team remains hard at work (from remote locations) and is available to help you with any of the following:  

We hope you’ll consider a purchase or gift in support of our mission and our programs.

As we reach the other side of this extraordinary time, we look forward to seeing you back in our audience and in our studios at the Butler Dance Education Center. Until then, be well!

For more information, visit balletaustin.org.

Warm regards,

COOKIE RUIZ, C.F.R.E                     
Executive Director     

STEPHEN MILLS
Sarah & Ernest Family Fund Artistic Director                    

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