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Elementary Division (Ages 8-12)

Summer 2021

About the Program

  • June 14-July 24
  • 6 weeks of classes

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 the exercises correctly and with full physicality. Repetition and slow careful work is emphasized, with the students learning discipline and control of their bodies.

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

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 Ballet Austin’s professional dancers and often are able to view rehearsals of upcoming performances.
  • A select group of Ballet Austin Company Dancers are also instructors in the Elementary Division.
  • Level 1 students and parents have the opportunity for an exclusive backstage tour of The Nutcracker during production week at The Long Center.*
  • Level 2 and 3 students are eligible to audition for The Nutcracker.*

*These events are tentative pending updates to health and safety standards and mandates that may be in place at that time.

Other Ballet Austin Academy Benefits Include:

  • 20% discount on single tickets to Ballet Austin performances at The Long Center, including The Nutcracker.
  • Discounts to Butler Center for Dance & Fitness classes and workshops for parents.
  • BeWell Talks for Academy parents and students.
  • FREE or reduced rate parking, on-site or nearby

Meet Your Instructors

Jennifer Hart

Curriculum Director for Levels 1-5 and Level 1 Instructor

Alexa Capareda

 Ballet Master-Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellows and Level 1, 2, and 3 Instructor

Katelyn Yeary

Programs Manager and Level 1, 2, and 3 Instructor

James Fuller

Company Dancer and Level 3 Instructor

Lisa Del Rosario
Lisa del Rosario

Level 1 Instructor

Ian J. Bethany

Company Dancer and Boy’s Scholarship Instructor

Sabrina Appleby

Level 3 Instructor

Class Schedule

Level 1: Monday and Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm. Teacher K. Yeary

Level 2: Monday and Wednesday 3:45pm–5:00pm. Teacher K. Yeary

Elementary Division Placement & Registration for New and Returning Students

For Current Academy Students

Level 1 students should enroll if they are age 8 by September 1, 2021. Level 2 students should enroll based upon their 2020/21 year-end evaluation.


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

For New Students

Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8+

Students age 8+, with previous ballet experience, who are new to Ballet Austin, are required to submit a Digital Audition to determine their acceptance and level placement. Contact the Academy Registrar to register or call 512.501.8703.

No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8–10

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


No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 11+

Students age 11+, with no previous dance experience, should contact the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness at 512.501.8704 to get information regarding ballet and other dance and fitness classes.

Emily McLaughlin, Academy Registrar

The Greg Easley Bryant Boys’ Scholarship Class will return in the fall of 2021. No previous dance experience is required to join the Greg Easley Bryant Boys’ Scholarship Class. Boys ages 8–12 receive full tuition scholarship off the $990 valued class, and may enroll at any time. The student’s first four classes will be considered a 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. Although it is recommended, this class does not have to be taken in conjunction with a corresponding Elementary Division Ballet Technique Class.

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


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