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ABOUT THE BALLET AUSTIN ACADEMY

Dancers are made here.

Endowed in part by Sarah & Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Founded in 1956 by Barbara Carson, the Ballet Austin Academy is the official ballet school of Ballet Austin, and one of the largest in the United States. We are deeply committed to providing the highest quality dance instruction to our more than 700 students.

Each area has a codified syllabus designed to facilitate the maximum physical, mental and emotional development appropriate to the age and physical ability of each student. Once a student enters the Elementary Division, rigorous ballet technique training begins. While the benefits of this training are all-inclusive, the Academy’s focus is to provide what is necessary for a professional career in dance.

Students develop skills associated with academic success including self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to concentrate and collaborate. Our students recognize the importance of the process and the quality of work, at the same time setting high standards for themselves in all areas.

Throughout the year, students may be selected by Ballet Austin’s artistic staff to perform with the company in full-length productions. Only Academy students are eligible to audition for roles in these productions, including Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker. In this main stage production over 150 Academy students compliment Ballet Austin’s 20 professional dancers and 10 apprentices.

ACADEMY DIVISIONS & CLASS SCHEDULE

Young Children’s Division

Students of our youngest division are gently introduced to the joy of dance through imaginative stories and games. Not only are they having fun but our curriculum is designed to enhance physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills.

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Pre-Ballet Division

With just the right amount of creativity and structure, students are gently prepared for formal ballet instruction. By introducing students to the basic terminology, positions, postures and traditions of classical ballet, the curriculum enhances both cognitive and physical development.

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Elementary Division

Formal ballet training begins at a rate that allows all students to learn exercises correctly and with full physicality. Repetition and slow deliberate work is emphasized as the students learn discipline and control of their bodies.

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Intermediate & Advanced Division

Members of Ballet Austin’s uppermost Academy division possess the discipline and determination to commit to a serious ballet program, as well as the required technical ability and physical strength to master the challenging curriculum.

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