Founded in 1956 by Barbara Carson, the Ballet Austin Academy is the official ballet school of Ballet Austin, and one of the largest in the U.S. We're committed to providing the highest quality dance instruction to students, and currently the Academy has more than 800 students.
Each area has a codified syllabus designed to facilitate the maximum physical, mental and emotional development appropriate to the age and physical ability of each student. Once a student enters the Elementary Division, the rigorous training of ballet technique begins. While the benefits of this training are all inclusive, the Academy's focus is to provide what is necessary for a professional career in dance.
Students develop skills associated with academic success including self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to concentrate and collaborate. Our students recognize the importance of the process and the quality of work, at the same time setting high standards for themselves in all areas.
Throughout the year, students may be selected by Ballet Austin's artistic staff to perform with the company in full-length productions. Only Academy students are eligible to audition for roles in these productions, including Ballet Austin's annual production of The Nutcracker. In this main stage production over 150 Academy students compliment Ballet Austin's 20 professional dancers and 10 apprentices.
BALLET AUSTIN SURFACE LOT: Entrances located via alley coming northbound and southbound on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets or southbound on Nueces between 2nd & 3rd Streets | Available 24 hours, daily | Spaces are available for FREE on first-come, first served basis. Please do not parking in executive parking spots or those marked with a blue sign. Parking in the lot is reserved for those coming to take a class at Ballet Austin.
CITY HALL PARKING GARAGE: Enter the City Hall Parking garage located on Guadalupe between W. Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets | Available every day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Cost = First 2 hours FREE with a validated parking ticket. (Parking after 5 p.m. is not covered with validation; visitors will be charged normal rates if their vehicles remain in the City Hall garage past 5 p.m.)
SILICON LABS: You can purchase parking vouchers for the Silicon Labs parking garages (Building 400 and Building 200) at Ballet Austin's reception desk, and both garages allow for discounted parking ($3 cash rate / $3.25 Credit Card rate) weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT. Silicon Labs' parking vouchers do not expire.
Silicon Labs 400 Building | Garage entrance located on San Antonio between W. Cesar Chavez & 2nd Streets | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT | Cost = ($3 cash rate / $3.25 Credit Card rate)| Buy parking vouchers in advance at Ballet Austin during regular business hours.
Silicon Labs 200 Building* | Garage entrance located on Colorado between W. Cesar Chavez & 2nd Streets | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT | Cost = ($3 cash rate / $3.25 Credit Card rate) | Buy parking vouchers in advance at Ballet Austin during regular business hours.
*Back-up garage if Silicon Labs 400 garage is full.
500 W. 2ND STREET PARKING GARAGE (Google Building directly south of Ballet Austin): You can park in the parking garage at 500 W. 2nd Street and then purchase a chaser parking voucher after parking at Ballet Austin's reception desk to cover your charges ($3 cash rate / $3.25 Credit Card rate). Parking in this location is available to Ballet Austin customers weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT and all day on weekends. Each chaser voucher is good for TWO (2) HOURS in the 500 W. 2nd Street garage. If you will be at Ballet Austin longer than two (2) hours consider parking at City Hall or Silicon Labs.
500 W. 2nd Street Building | Garage entrance is located on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT and all day weekends | Cost = $3 cash rate / $3.25 Credit Card rate | Buy parking chaser vouchers in advance or after parking.
Bike racks are located directly outside the building at the corners of 3rd & San Antonio Streets and 3rd & Nueces Streets.
Various Capital Metro bus routes stop conveniently around Ballet Austin. The nearest stop is located at 2nd & San Antonio Streets.
Available in Ballet Austin's east parking lot; requires a proper permit. Violators will be ticketed at the owner's expense.
Ongoing building and road construction projects around Ballet Austin's studios may cause temporary changes in traffic patterns, along with changes in access to Ballet Austin's east and west parking areas. Please note directional traffic signs for the best way to access our on-site parking spaces and drop off or pick up Ballet Austin Academy students as well as Pilates Center and Butler Center for Dance & Fitness clients during the completion of these projects.
NOTE: Special events and festivals held in downtown Austin may periodically affect parking rates in the garages near Ballet Austin.