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It is with heartfelt regret that we announce the cancellation of the residential program supporting Ballet Austin’s 2020 Senior Summer Intensive Program.

We understand that this may be deeply disappointing news for our students, coming at an already difficult time, and we share that sentiment. Each summer, Ballet Austin eagerly awaits the opportunity to welcome an extraordinarily talented group of young dancers into our studios, but this year we’re reminded again that the health and safety of our students always come first.

Since mid-March, we’ve continued to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, following the federal, state and city mandates, while holding out hope that the full, two-session Summer Intensive program would be able to proceed as scheduled. It is clear that public health ordinances and recommendations will continue to evolve for some time, creating a level of uncertainty that severely limits our ability to plan for student safety. Dormitory housing, meals, and public transportation were the key factors leading to our decision to cancel the residential program.

For those who may be interested in a non-residential opportunity this summer, Ballet Austin will offer Summer Session 2020, in one-week segments starting the week of June 22 through the week of July 27 for students who were accepted into the 2020 Senior Summer Intensive program and Ballet Austin Academy students in Levels 4 through 8/9. The highest standard of health and safety protocols will be followed in this program, with strict limits on studio capacity. Once we open the program for registration, I recommend signing up as soon as possible to obtain a place in your preferred week or weeks.

If you are unable to join us in Austin this year, we hope to have the opportunity to work with your student in the future. We look forward to sharing studio time again!

Please stay safe and be well.

BILL PINER
Ballet Austin Academy Director

Train with the best this Summer!

Program Overview

Endowed in part by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Under the personal instruction of Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin and an outstanding faculty, you will learn what it takes to excel in your career through this classical yet innovative program. The Summer Intensive program is an experience that will give students a deeper understanding of ballet technique and how to use it more effectively. Our resident faculty, augmented by guest teachers from the ranks of Ballet Austin’s professional company, offers guidance, encouragement, and a relentless attention to detail. In addition to ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s class, partnering and repertoire, students take classes with well established modern, jazz and theatre dance teachers.

Ballet Austin’s Senior Summer Intensive program offers two, three-week sessions or one, six-week session of study for serious students ages 11–22. Members of Ballet Austin II, Ballet Austin’s apprentice program, and second company, as well as Ballet Austin’s Butler Fellowship Program, are selected from the Senior Summer Intensive. Ballet Austin’s Junior Summer Intensive program offers one, two-week session of study for serious students ages 9–13.

Summer Intensive Levels

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Junior Summer Intensive (AGES 9–13)

Dates: August 3-14, 2020

Ballet Austin’s Junior Summer Intensive program offers one 2-week session of study for serious students ages 9–13.

The curriculum of the Junior Intensive is specifically designed with the younger student in mind and is presented in an environment that is positive and nurturing. The Junior Intensive is a rigorous and comprehensive program that provides the young dancer a greater grasp of ballet technique and related dance styles.

Ballet Austin’s Junior Summer Intensive program offers one, two-week session of study for serious students ages 9–13.

The curriculum of the Junior Intensive is specifically designed with the younger student in mind and is presented in an environment that is positive and nurturing. The Junior Intensive is a rigorous and comprehensive program that provides the young dancer a greater grasp of ballet technique and related dance styles.

The Junior Intensive meets weekdays (M-F) for two weeks and is a half-day program.

Students accepted into the Junior Intensive receive their placement levels in their letter of acceptance.

  • Ballet Technique
  • Character
  • Hip-Hop
  • Tap
  • Stretch
  • Conditioning

Tuition

$1,100 / two-week session

For general program questions, please email registrar@balletaustin.org or call 512.501.8703.

Scholarship & Tuition Assistance

A limited number of scholarships/tuition assistance are granted each year to promising students. After you have auditioned and been accepted, you may email to request a tuition assistance application. Please do not call about tuition assistance. Applications will only be provided through email requests.

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Butler Fellowship Program

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

The Butler Fellowship Program offers 15 fully underwritten scholarships to outstanding dancers and features an innovative and personal approach to a traditional, professional-track training. Butler Fellows are selected through Ballet Austin’s Senior Summer Intensive, following a nationwide audition, and participate in up to 17 hours of classes per week. They rehearse and perform with the main company and Ballet Austin II in main stage, touring and educational performances.

Under the guidance of experienced faculty, they receive instruction in ballet technique, variations, partnering, men’s technique, modern, jazz, Pilates, body conditioning, and repertoire. Integral to the Butler Fellowship Program is Ballet Austin’s mentoring initiative, which establishes a foundation of support and resources for the transition from student to professional.

Second-year Butler Fellows also participate in the Academy’s pedagogy program (teacher training) or in internships with Ballet Austin’s education, marketing, production, and administration departments. Many graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program have been promoted to Ballet Austin II or accepted contracts with other professional companies. Currently, 30 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company dancers are graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.

Through a partnership with St. Edward’s University, Butler Fellows are eligible to receive up to 24 college credit hours for their Ballet Austin training.

PROGRAM INFO

Ballet Austin II

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin’s apprentice program and second company.

The Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They have the opportunity to perform with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of performances in Austin and on tour across the state. To date, 92 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 42 companies across the nation, including Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Nevada Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, Nai-Ni Chen, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Spectrum/Donald Byrd, Wideman/Davis Dance, Alabama Ballet, Thang Dao Dance, Northwest Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago, and Louisville Ballet.

Dancers range in age from 18-23 and are employed for a 32-week season. Apprentices are contracted with Ballet Austin II for up to two years, during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling and job placement assistance. Each spring Ballet Austin brings artistic directors from across the nation to observe and audition Ballet Austin II dancers in class and rehearsal. Ballet Austin II members take company class, augmented by their own classes and rehearsals conducted by Ballet Austin’s artistic staff.

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