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Elementary Division (Ages 8-12)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Formal ballet training begins in the Elementary Division, a rigorous and comprehensive program of the highest caliber.

The Elementary Division syllabus progresses at a rate that allows the student to learn exercises correctly and with full physicality. Repetition and slow careful work is emphasized, so students can learn discipline and control of their bodies.

Elementary Division students are required to attend all scheduled classes for their level. Students progress to the next level once they master the material and physical understanding of the syllabus in their current level of study. Students will receive a written progress report at the end of each School Year.

BALLET AUSTIN ACADEMY BENEFITS

There are many benefits to training at Ballet Austin Academy, for both the student and family.

  • At the end of the year, Elementary Division students participate in the Academy Spring Presentation.
  • All Academy students train in the same state-of-the-art facilities as Ballet Austin’s professional dancers, providing the opportunity/access to view Company rehearsals of upcoming performances.
  • Live accompaniment is an important aspect of a professional ballet training program and is provided for all Elementary Division classes.
  • Academy students 9 years of age and older who are registered in Level 2 or 3 are given the opportunity to audition for the professional production of The Nutcracker.
    • Level 1 students and their parents have the opportunity for an exclusive backstage tour of The Nutcracker during production week at The Long Center.
  • 20% discount on all single tickets for Ballet Austin’s five annual productions at The Long Center, including The Nutcracker.
  • Discounts for parents for Butler Center for Dance & Fitness classes and workshops.
  • Complimentary BeWell Talks for Academy parents and students, featuring relevant topics for families.
  • FREE or reduced-rate parking, on-site or nearby.

The Nutcracker:  All students registered in the Elementary Division Level 2 or higher, and age 9 by October 1, 2024, are once again eligible to audition for Ballet Austin’s 61st annual production of The Nutcracker! Auditions for student performers will be held at Ballet Austin in September, 2024.

Ballet Austin Academy

501 W. 3rd St | Austin, TX | 78701

Enrolling September 3, 2024 – May 25, 2025

Ballet Austin Academy @ the J

7300 Hart Ln | Austin, TX | 78731

Ballet Austin Academy offers classes at the beautiful Dell Jewish Community Center

Enrolling September 3, 2024 – May 25, 2025 for Level 1 only

Meet Your Instructors

Jennifer Hart

Curriculum Manager and Resident Instructor

Katelyn Rustagi

Senior Programs Manager and Resident Instructor

Alexa Capareda

 Ballet Master-Ballet Austin TWO and Butler Fellows and Resident Instructor

Ian Bethany

 Company Dancer and Instructor

Danielle Cortier

 Instructor

Aisling DiRico

Resident Instructor

Emily George

Instructor

Colin Heino

Company Dancer and Instructor

Class Schedule

Level 1 (A)

Monday & Wednesday

5:45 – 6:45 pm

K. Rustagi

Level 1 (B)

Monday & Wednesday

4:30 – 5:30 pm

D. Cortier

Level 1 (C)

Tuesday & Thursday

4:30 – 5:30 pm

A. Capareda

Level 1 (D)

Thursday & Saturday

5:45 – 6:45 pm & 9:00 – 10:00 am

Colin Heino

Level 1 (A)

Tuesday & Thursday

5:45 – 6:45 pm

E. George

Level 2 (A)

Monday & Wednesday

4:15 – 5:30 pm

A. Capareda

Level 2 (B)

Monday & Wednesday

5:30 – 6:45 pm

D. Cortier

Level 2 (C)

Tuesday & Thursday

5:30 – 6:45 pm

A. Capareda

Level 3 (A)

Monday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

A. Capareda

Wednesday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

A. Capareda

Friday

Extended Technique

5:15 – 7:15 pm

Academy Staff TBD

Level 3 (B)

Tuesday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

K. Rustagi

Thursday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

K. Rustagi

Saturday

Extended Technique

11:45 – 1:45 pm

E. George

Monday

5:00 – 6:00 pm

I. Bethany

Elementary Division Placement & Registration for New and Returning Students

Siobhan O’Donnell,

Academy Registrar

FOR CURRENT ACADEMY STUDENTS

Students should enroll based upon their 2023/24 end of year evaluation. Former Pre-Ballet 7 students, who are 8 years of age by September 1, 2024, may enroll in Level 1

FOR NEW STUDENTS

Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8+

Students 8 years of age and older, with previous ballet experience, who are new to Ballet Austin, are required to attend a Placement Audition on August 10 or submit a Digital Audition to determine their acceptance and level placement.

No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8–10

Students 8 years of age to 10 years of age, as of September 1, 2024, with no previous dance experience, are automatically placed in Level 1.

FOR CURRENT DELL JCC MEMBERS

Members of the Dell Jewish Community Center receive a 20% discount on all Ballet Austin classes offered at the Dell JCC. Being a Dell JCC member is not required to enroll.

  • IF you are currently an active Member of the Dell Jewish Community Center, please follow these steps to have the JCC Member ID added to your Ballet Austin MINDBODY account:
  1. Create a Ballet Austin MINDBODY account (online scheduling system) – Create a Ballet Austin MINDBODY account
  2. Please email the Registrar your full name to be verified and receive the JCC membership ID on your Ballet Austin MINDBODY account
  3. Once you are verified as a current JCC member, and the JCC Membership ID is added to your Ballet Austin MINDBODY account, the 20% discount applies automatically when enrolling.

 

For assistance with registration, please call (512) 501-8703 or email registrar@balletaustin.org

Ballet Austin Academy Downtown

Enrolling, September 3, 2024 – May 25, 2025

Enroll Online
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Ballet Austin Academy @ the J

Enrolling, September 3, 2024 – May 25, 2025. Level 1 only

Enroll Online
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If you have questions or need help registering your student, contact our Academy Registrar at 512.501.8703 or via email.

No previous dance experience is required to join the Greg Easley Bryant Boys’ Scholarship Class. The student’s first four classes are considered the probationary period and will be used to assess the student’s ability to focus and work in a collaborative environment. The student should also demonstrate appropriate social, cognitive, and physical development. Boys age 8–12, upon successful completion of the probationary period, receive a full tuition scholarship ($1,120 value), and may enroll at any time. Although it is recommended that this class be taken in conjunction with a corresponding Elementary Division Ballet Technique Class, it is not required.

Ballet Austin is humbled to have the name of this class honor an individual who made a positive impact on the ballet community in Austin. To learn more about how you can help ensure that future generations of young, male dancers have the support and encouragement to pursue their dreams of a professional dance career, click here.

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