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Intermediate & Advanced Divisions

Welcome back to Ballet Austin Academy! We are excited to announce that all classes in the Intermediate/Advanced Divisions will be held onsite for the 2021/22 school year. We can’t wait to welcome you all back into the studio!

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 her/his 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, Intermediate and Advanced Division students participate in the Academy Spring Performance.*
  • 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 Intermediate and Advanced Divisions.
  • Live accompaniment is an important aspect of a professional ballet training program and is provided for all Elementary Division classes.
  • Levels 4-9 participate in “Opening Night at the Ballet,” a program for our students that provides them with one complimentary ticket to four opening night performances of Ballet Austin’s season, (with the exception of The Nutcracker.*)
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students participate in conferences with Ballet Austin Academy Artistic Staff once or twice each year.

*These events are 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.

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 Men’s Instructor

Ian J. Bethany

Company Dancer and Level 6 and 7 Instructor

Alexa Capareda

 Ballet Master-Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellows and Level 5 and 8/9 Instructor

Katie Deuitch

Company Dancer and Level 7 and 8/9 Instructor

James Fuller

Company Dancer and Level 7 Instructor

Jennifer Hart

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

Grace Morton

Company Dancer and Level 4, 5, 7, and 8/9 Instructor

Isabella Phillips

Company Dancer and Level 6 Instructor

Christopher Swaim

Ballet Austin Ballet Master and Level 8 and 9 Instructor

Katelyn Yeary

Academy Programs Manager and Level 4 Instructor

Class Schedule

Monday

Technique

7:00 – 8:45 pm

J. Hart

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

M. Azaro

Tuesday

Technique

5:00 – 6:45 pm

G. Morton

Thursday

Technique/Pre-Pointe

5:00 – 7:00 pm

G. Morton

Thursday

Stretch/Conditioning

7:00 – 7:30 pm

G. Morton

Friday

Technique/Pre-Pointe

5:15 – 7:15 pm

K. Yeary

Monday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

J. Hart

Monday

Stretch/Conditioning

7:00 – 7:30 pm

L. Kanning

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

M. Azaro

Tuesday

Technique/Pointe

6:45 – 8:45 pm

J. Hart

Thursday

Technique/Pointe

6:45 – 8:45 pm

A. Capareda

Friday

Technique/Pointe

5:15 – 7:15 pm

A. Capareda

Saturday

Pointe

1:15 – 2:45 pm

J. Hart

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

M. Azaro

Tuesday

Technique

6:45 – 8:45 pm

I. Bethany

Wednesday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

J. Hart

Thursday

Technique/Pointe

6:45 – 8:45 pm

J. Hart

Friday

Technique/Pointe

5:15 – 7:15 pm

I. Bethany

Saturday

Technique/Pointe

9:00 – 11:00 am

I. Phillips

Saturday

Stretch

11:00 – 11:45 am

I. Phillips

Monday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

J. Fuller

Tuesday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

J. Hart

Wednesday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

K. Deuitch

Wednesday

Pointe

7:00 – 8:15 pm

K. Deuitch

Thursday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

J. Fuller

Friday

Technique

5:15 – 7:15 pm

J. Hart

Saturday

Technique

10:00 – 11:45 am

J. Hart

Saturday

Pointe

11:45 – 1:00 pm

J. Hart

Monday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

G. Morton

Monday

Pointe/Variations

7:00 – 8:15 pm

G. Morton

Tuesday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

C. Swaim

Wednesday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

C. Swaim

Wednesday

Workshop

7:00 – 8:15 pm

A. Capareda

Thursday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

J. Hart

Friday

Technique

5:15 – 7:15 pm

J. Hart

Saturday

Technique

10:00 – 11:45 am

G. Morton

Saturday

Pointe/Variations

11:45 – 1:00 pm

G. Morton

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.

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

For Current Academy Students

Students should enroll based on their 2020/21 year-end evaluation.

To register: 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 with 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 us at 512.501.8703

For New Students with no Previous Dance 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

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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