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BA Live! / School Year 2020/21

Intermediate & Advanced Divisions

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About the Program

Students placed in the Intermediate and Advanced Divisions have shown they have the discipline and determination to commit to a serious ballet program as well as having the required technical ability and physical strength.

Intermediate and Advanced Division students attend class 8–14 hours per week, depending on the level. Progression to the next level is based on the student’s mastery of the vocabulary and the physical understanding of the syllabus in his or her 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.

  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students participate in conferences with Ballet Austin Academy Artistic Staff once or twice each year.
  • Live accompaniment is provided for some Intermediate and Advanced Division classes.
  • At the end of the year, Intermediate and Advanced Division students participate in the Academy Spring Performance.*
  • All Academy students train in the same state-of-the-art facility as 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 Intermediate and Advanced Divisions.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students are eligible to audition for The Nutcracker.*
  • Levels 4-9 participate in “Opening Night at the Ballet” and receive one complimentary ticket to each opening night performance of Ballet Austin’s season, with the exception of 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

Christopher Swaim

Ballet Austin Ballet Master and Level 8 and 9 Instructor

Jennifer Hart

Curriculum Director for Levels 1-5 and Levels 4-9 Instructor

Libby James

Levels 7, 8, and 9 Ballet Instructor

James Fuller

Company Dancer and Level 7 Instructor

Alexa Capareda

 Ballet Master-Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellows and Level 5 and 6 Instructor

Ian J. Bethany

Company Dancer and Level 5 and 7 Instructor

Grace Morton

Company Dancer and Level 5, 6, and 7 Instructor

Max Azaro

Company Dancer and Men’s Instructor

Constance Doyle

Company Dancer and Level 4 Instructor

Katelyn Yeary

Academy Programs Manager and Level 4 Instructor

Class Schedule

Monday: Technique 6:45pm-8:30pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Tuesday: Technique/Pre Pointe 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher C. Doyle. Men’s Class 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher M. Azaro.

Thursday: Technique 5:00pm-6:45pm, Stretch & Conditioning 6:45pm-7:15pm. Teacher C. Doyle.

Friday: Technique/Pre Pointe 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher K. Yeary.

Monday: Technique 5:00pm-6:45pm Teacher J. Hart, Stretch & Conditioning 6:45pm-7:15pm. Teacher I. Bethany.

Tuesday: Technique/Pointe 6:30pm-8:30pm. Teacher J. Hart. Men’s Class 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher M. Azaro.

Thursday: Technique/Pointe 6:30pm-8:30pm. Teacher A. Capareda.

Friday: Technique/Pointe 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher A. Capareda.

Saturday: Pointe 1:15pm-2:45pm. Teacher G. Morton.

Tuesday: Technique/Pointe 6:30-8:30. Teacher A. Capareda. Men’s Class 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher M. Azaro.

Wednesday: Technique 5:00-6:45pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Thursday: Technique/Pointe 6:30pm-8:30pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Friday: Technique/Pointe 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher G. Morton.

Saturday: Technique/Pointe 9:00am-11:00am, Stretch & Conditioning 11:00am-11:45am. Teacher J. Hart.

Monday: Technique 5:00pm-6:45pm. Teacher J. Fuller.

Tuesday: Technique 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Wednesday: Technique 5:00-6:45pm, Pointe 6:45pm-8:00pm. Teacher L. James.

Thursday: Technique 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher J. Fuller.

Friday: Technique 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher I. Bethany.

Saturday: Technique 10:00pm-11:45pm. Teacher I. Bethany. Pointe 11:45am-1:00pm. Teacher G. Morton

Monday: Technique 5:00pm-6:45pm, Pointe/Variations 6:45pm-8:00pm Teacher L. James

Tuesday: Technique 5:00pm-6:30pm Teacher C. Swaim

Wednesday: Technique 5:00pm-6:45pm. Teacher C. Swaim. Workshop 6:45pm-8:00pm. Teachers C. Swaim and A. Capareda.

Thursday: Technique 5:00pm-6:30pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Friday: Technique 5:00pm-7:00pm. Teacher J. Hart.

Saturday: Technique 10:00am-11:45am, Pointe/Variations 11:45am-1:00pm. Teacher L. James.

Intermediate & Advanced Divisions Year Placement & Registration for New and Returning Students

For Current Academy Students

Students should enroll based upon their 2019/20 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 with 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 placement. Contact the Academy Registrar to register or call us at 512.501.8703

For New Students with no Previous Dance 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

Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE)

OCPE: An Alternative to PE at School

Interested in receiving a PE waiver for your middle school or high school PE class?

Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE) provides an opportunity for students in grades 7–12 to receive credit for participation in an off-campus, physical education/athletic program.

School districts are authorized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to substitute participation in private or commercially sponsored athletic/training programs (Ballet Austin Academy Intermediate and Advanced Divisions) for the middle school physical education requirement and the state-required high school physical education graduation credit.

Ballet Austin Academy Intermediate and Advanced Division students interested in receiving a waiver to NOT participate in PE in their school must apply to and follow the requirements set by their school/school district and enroll into one of the OCPE tracks at Ballet Austin.

Ballet Austin works with each school district according to the individual district requirements and guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency.

In order to proceed as a part of the OCPE waiver program and receive a PE credit through Ballet Austin, please complete the following:

  • Application process required by your student’s school district for approval by the school/district.
  • Provide Ballet Austin with the forms from your school district. Please allow up to 10 business days for Ballet Austin to process paperwork requests for OCPE.
  • Please be reminded that the Academy will need to have completed forms from the school district approving participation.
  • There is a $125 fee per semester.

For more information email the Academy Program Manager or call 512.501.8704 Ext. 140.

Ballet Austin is a collaborator with The Austin School of Performing and Visual Arts. Dancers enrolled in ASPVA’s full-time, academic and fine arts program will earn credit on their transcripts from accredited dance classes at Ballet Austin Academy, as well as the opportunity to participate in dance courses offered during the school day at ASPVA. Participation is contingent on being accepted into Ballet Austin Academy’s Intermediate or Advanced Division.


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