The Butler Fellowship Program offers 15 fully-underwritten scholarships to outstanding dancers, and features an innovative and personal approach to a traditional, professional-track training. Butler Fellows are selected through Ballet Austin's Senior Summer Intensive, following a nationwide audition, and participate in up to 17 hours of classes per week. They rehearse and perform with the main company and Ballet Austin II in main stage, touring and educational performances.
Under the guidance of experienced faculty, they receive instruction in ballet technique, variations, partnering, men’s technique, modern, jazz, Pilates, body conditioning and repertoire. Integral to the Butler Fellowship Program is Ballet Austin's mentoring initiative, which establishes a foundation of support and resources for the transition from student to professional.
Second-year Butler Fellows also participate in the Academy's pedagogy program (teacher training) or in internships with Ballet Austin's education, marketing, production, and administration departments. Many graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program have been promoted to Ballet Austin II or accepted contracts with other professional companies. Currently, 30 percent of Ballet Austin's main company dancers are graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.
Through a partnership with St. Edward's University, Butler Fellows are eligible to receive up to 24 college credit hours for their Ballet Austin training.
The Butler Fellows are recruited through the Ballet Austin Academy, Ballet Austin's Senior Summer Intensive, and through Ballet Austin's partnership with Walnut Hill School for the Arts. For consideration, dancers must attend a minimum of one, three-week Summer Intensive session. 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 the Butler Fellowship Program, email Eugene Alvarez or call 512.476.9151.
Joined Butler Fellows in 2015
Originally from Huntington Beach, Calif., Katie received her early training from Marnell Himes-Ushijima and Judith Hawkesworth at Huntington Academy of Dance. In 2006, she enrolled in Ballet Austin’s Academy and studied there through high school. During her training in Ballet Austin’s Academy, she performed in Stephen Mill’s The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. Before joining Ballet Austin as a Butler Fellow, Katie attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s summer intensive in 2015. Since becoming a Butler Fellow, she has enjoyed performing in Stephen Mill’s The Nutcracker as well as Jennifer Hart’s Pastoral Dances and Nick Kepley’s Valse Bluette. Katie is honored and excited to advance her training as a second year Butler Fellow and grow as an artist this season.
Joined Butler Fellows in 2014
Lynette Garcia is a third year Butler Fellow who is originally from Seattle, Wash., where she trained at Turning Pointe Dance Centre under Tricia Volk and Nicki Loud. Prior to joining the Ballet Austin Butler Fellowship Program, she attended summer intensives with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. Since becoming a Fellow she has performed in Stephen Mills’ The Firebird, The Nutcracker and Carnival of the Animals.
Joined Butler Fellows in 2015
Kayla Hallman is from Carlisle, Penn. She trained with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for 12 years before becoming a Butler Fellow last season. While with CPYB, Kayla performed roles in various storybook ballets including Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She also performed soloist roles in Kiyon Gaines’ 4 in Five and Jeffrey Cirio’s 7 Ways of Departure. Kayla was privileged to dance in several George Balanchine works which include Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Who Cares?, Walpurgisnacht and Raymonda Variations along with principal roles in Emeralds and Valse Fantaisie. While training with CPYB, she performed Balanchine’s The Nutcracker for 12 years that concluded by performing principal roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Coffee and Lead Marzipan. Last season, Kayla was honored to perform in the snow and flower corps of Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and is excited for what her second season brings.
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