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Intermediate & Advanced Divisions

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.

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, 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 Intermediate/Advanced 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.
  • 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.

*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 2022 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 2022 production of The Nutcracker:  Only fully vaccinated students 9 years of age and older will be eligible to audition.

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.

Our wonderful facility is open to all!

We are pleased to announce that patrons, parents, and students are once again welcome to return in person to the Butler Dance Education Center when Ballet Austin Academy begins the 2022/23 School Year.

Ballet Austin’s highest priority remains the health and safety of all the members of our Ballet Austin community. We believe that our mission focuses on the encouragement of health and well-being as part of the experience of dance, and addresses a vital need in people’s lives, especially now.

NOTE: Ballet Austin staff, faculty, and accompanists are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Ballet Austin will continue to monitor the CDC, federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as the guidance of our medical advisor in this evolving situation. We will post updates to our protocols, as warranted.

  • All eligible students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.
  • If a students is feeling sick, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated, they should stay home and contact their medical provider.
  • We strongly encourage being tested for COVID-19 before returning.
  • As the City of Austin and Travis County have lifted all COVID-19 emergency rules and orders, Ballet Austin is now a mask-optional facility.
  • While wearing a mask is no longer required while on premises at Ballet Austin, due to Austin’s current “medium risk level,” we strongly encourage the wearing of KN-95 masks while onsite at Ballet Austin.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate at home and report their case to the Academy Registrar, via email or by calling 512.501.873
  • Students who test positive will isolate for 5 days (the day they test positive will be day 0).
  • Students who test positive will need to be symptom-free and fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to Ballet Austin.
  • Students may return to class on the sixth day after a positive test result and are asked to wear a mask for five more calendar days.

Meet Your Instructors

Ian J. Bethany

Company Dancer and Level 6 Instructor

Alexa Capareda

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

Katie Deuitch

Company Dancer and Level 8/9 Instructor

Aisling DiRico

Level 4 and 7 Instructor

James Fuller

Company Dancer and Level 7 Instructor

Jennifer Hart

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

Isabella Lynch

Company Dancer and Level 6 Instructor

Katelyn Rustagi

Academy Programs Manager and Level 4 Instructor

Christopher Swaim

Ballet Austin Ballet Master and Level 8 and 9 Instructor

Class Schedule

Monday

Technique

7:00 – 8:45 pm

A. DiRico

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

I. Bethany

Tuesday

Technique

5:00 – 6:45 pm

A. DiRico

Thursday

Technique/Pre-Pointe

5:00 – 7:30 pm

A. DiRico

Friday

Technique/Pre-Pointe

5:15 – 7:15 pm

K. Rustagi

Monday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

A. Capareda

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

I. Bethany

Tuesday

Technique/Pointe

6:45 – 8:45 pm

J. Hart

Thursday

Technique

6:45 – 8:45 pm

Academy Staff  TBD

Friday

Technique/Pointe

5:15 – 7:15 pm

A. Capareda

Saturday

Technique/Pointe

1:15 – 3:15 pm

J. Hart

Tuesday

Men’s Class

5:15 – 6:45 pm

I. Bethany

Tuesday

Technique/Pointe

6:45 – 8:45 pm

I. Lynch

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 – 11:45 am

I. Bethany

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

A. DiRico

Wednesday

Pointe

7:00 – 8:15 pm

A. DiRico

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

J. Hart

Monday

Pointe/Variations

7:00 – 8:15 pm

J. Hart

Tuesday

Technique

5:15 – 6:45 pm

C. Swaim

Wednesday

Technique

5:15 – 7:00 pm

C. Swaim

Wednesday

Contemporary Workshop

7:00 – 8:15 pm

A. Capareda / Staff

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

K. Deuitch

Saturday

Pointe/Variations

11:45 – 1:00 pm

K. Deuitch

YEAR PLACEMENT & REGISTRATION FOR NEW & RETURNING STUDENTS

Siobhan O’Donnell

Academy Registrar

Students should enroll based on their 2022/23 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 6, 2022, 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.

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 $135 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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