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Elementary Division (Ages 8-12)

Welcome back to Ballet Austin Academy! We are excited to announce that all classes in the Elementary Division will be held onsite at our downtown location for the 2021/22 school year. We can’t wait to welcome you all back into the studio!

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 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 as Ballet Austin’s professional dancers, providing the opportunity/access to view Company rehearsals of upcoming performances.
  • A select group of Ballet Austin Company Dancers serve as instructors in the Elementary Division.
  • Live accompaniment is an important aspect of a professional ballet training program and is provided for all Elementary Division classes.

*This event is tentative pending updates to health and safety standards and mandates that may be in place at that time.

The Nutcracker:  To maintain the safety of all cast members/ dancers and personnel throughout our December 2021 live production of The Nutcracker, backstage access will be limited to fully vaccinated cast members/ dancers and personnel. Please note the following necessary adjustments:

  • Auditions for the 2021 production of The Nutcracker:  Only fully vaccinated students 12 years of age and older will be eligible to audition this year.

We know this will be disappointing news for some of our students, as it is for us to share. We believe that the opportunity to be part of a live professional production offers our students a unique and important growth potential and builds lasting memories, and we sincerely hope that health and safety conditions in place for the 2022 production and beyond will allow for the inclusion of our younger students.

  • Backstage Tours for the 2021 production of The Nutcracker:  While Level 1 students and their parents traditionally have the opportunity for an exclusive backstage tour of The Nutcracker during production week at The Long Center, we regret that we will be unable to conduct backstage tours during the 2021 production, due to strict protocols carefully limiting access to cast and crew.

It is our intention to restore this access for the 2022 production and for subsequent seasons (should health and safety standards in place at the time permit), and we regret the loss of this special opportunity for our students and their families.

Other Ballet Austin Academy Benefits Include:

  • 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.

Meet Your Instructors

Max Azaro

Company Dancer and Level 3 Instructor

Ian J. Bethany

Company Dancer and Boys Scholarship Instructor

Alexa Capareda

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

Lisa del Rosario

Level 1 Instructor

Jennifer Hart

Curriculum Director for Levels 1-5 and Level 1 Instructor

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Kanning

Level 3 Instructor

Katelyn Yeary

Programs Manager and Level 1, 2, and 3 Instructor

Class Schedule

Level 1 (A)

Monday & Wednesday

4:15 – 5:15 pm

J. Hart

Level 1 (B)

Monday & Wednesday

4:30 – 5:30 pm

K. Yeary

Level 1 (C)

Tuesday & Thursday

4:30 – 5:30 pm

A. Capareda

Level 1 (D)

Wednesday & Saturday

5:45 – 6:45 pm & 9:00 – 10:00 am

L. del Rosario

Level 2 (A)

Monday & Wednesday

5:30 – 6:45 pm

K. Yeary

Level 2 (B)

Tuesday & Thursday

5:30 – 6:45 pm

A. Capareda

Level 2 (C)

Wednesday & Saturday

6:00 – 7:15 pm & 1:45 – 3:00 pm

A. Capareda

Level 3 (A)

Monday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

L. Kanning

Wednesday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

L. Kanning

Friday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

M. Azaro

Friday

Stretch/Conditioning

6:45 – 7:15 pm

M. Azaro

Level 3 (B)

Tuesday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

K. Yeary

Thursday

Technique

5:30 – 7:00 pm

K. Yeary

Saturday

Technique

11:45 – 1:15 pm

A. Capareda

Saturday

Stretch/Conditioning

1:15 – 1:45 pm

A. Capareda

Wednesday

5:00 – 6:00 pm

I. Bethany

COVID-19 Protocols

Ballet Austin’s current health and safety protocols address Austin’s August 5th return to Stage 5 COVID-19Risk-based Guidelines and reflect recommendations from the CDC, federal, state, local health officials and the guidance of Ballet Austin’s medical advisor. With the health and safety of our students and staff as our highest priority, Ballet Austin’s protocols are cautious and evolving. As new recommendations are announced, we will send updates to our protocols, as warranted.

When we return to class in September, the following protocols will be in place:

BUILDING ACCESS

  • Parents are asked to be on alert for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep their student at home if showing any cold-like symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
  • Students will enter and exit the building through the main entrance on the corner of 3rd and San Antonio streets.
  • Students will go through a wellness check as they enter the building and those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees + will be sent home.
  • Access to the building will be limited to staff and students only – Parents/Guardians should plan to drop off/pick up students outside the building.
  • Student access to the building will be limited to 30 minutes prior to class.
  • No early drop-off will be available
  • Prompt pick-up at the conclusion of the student’s day is required.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are fully vaccinated.
  • Students 12 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are required to wear masks while onsite at Ballet Austin.
  • All those over 24 months of age, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to wear a mask at all times while onsite at Ballet Austin.
    • Student masks must be provided by the student/student’s family.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated students determined to have been in close contact will be required to quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative PCR test, administered after the 5th day, before returning to class.
  • Unvaccinated students may also choose to quarantine for 14 days and return to class without taking a COVID-19 test.
  • Fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine and may continue with class. The only exception to this will be if a fully vaccinated student tests positive, in which case that student will need to quarantine.

Elementary Division Placement & Registration for New and Returning Students

For Current Academy Students

Students should enroll based upon their 2020/21 year-end evaluation. Former Pre-Ballet 7 students, who are 8 years of age by September 1, 2021, may enroll into Level 1.

To register: REGISTER ONLINE or DOWNLOAD PDF REGISTRATION FORM

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 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 21 or 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 8 years of age to 10 years of age, as of September 1, 2021, with no previous dance experience, are automatically placed in Level 1.

To register: REGISTER ONLINE or DOWNLOAD PDF REGISTRATION FORM

No Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 11+

Students 11 years of age and older, 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. The student’s first four classes will be 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 ages 8–12, upon successful completion of the probationary period, receive full tuition scholarship ($1,050 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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