Upper School

About the Program

Students placed in the Upper School 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.

Upper School 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.

  • Ballet technique and pointe, with partnering and variations added for Levels 7 and 8, comprise the core curriculum.
  • Upper School students participate in conferences with Ballet Austin Academy Artistic Staff once or twice each year.
  • Live accompaniment is provided for all Upper School classes.
  • Upper School students are eligible to audition for The Nutcracker.
  • Levels 5-8 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.
  • At the end of the year, Upper School 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 Upper School.

Other 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.
  • Referral program discounts—current Academy students receive a $100 discount on tuition for each new referral.
  • BeWell Talks specifically designed for Academy parents and students.
  • The opportunity to learn more about Ballet Austin through a guided tour of our facility offered exclusively to Academy families in the fall and spring.
  • FREE or reduced rate parking, on-site or nearby

Upper School Year Placement & Registration for New Students

Previous Ballet Experience, Ages 8+

Students age 8+, with previous ballet experience, who are new to Ballet Austin, are required to attend an audition/placement class to determine their acceptance and level. 

Students wishing to be considered for enrollment after the start of the Academy School year should email Academy Registrar Meagan Wenk or call 512.501.8703.

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.

2015/16 Upper School Class Schedule: Levels 4–8

2015/16 Upper School Tuition

2015/16 Academy Calendar

Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE)

Uniform Requirements

Academy Staff

Academy Faculty


Parking Information

Ballet Austin 501 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701 The Butler Dance Education Center encompasses the AustinVentures StudioTheater, the Ballet Austin Academy, the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, and the Pilates Center
Austin City Hall 301 West Second Street, Austin TX 78701 2 hours free parking weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 8am–5pm with Validation. Entrance located on Guadalupe St.
AMLI Downtown Garage 201 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701 Entrance on Lavaca St b/w 2nd & 3rd St
AMLI on 2ND Garage 421 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701 Entrance on San Antonio St b/w 2nd & 3rd St
Silicon Labs Garages 400 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78701 USA Open to the public after 3:00pm every day, entrance on San Antonio St b/w 2nd & 3rd St and Colorado b/w Cesar Chavez & 2nd St
State of Texas Garage N 300 San Antonio Street, Austin TX 78701
State of Texas Garage L 333 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701 aka William P. Hobby Building
Surface Parking Lot San Antonio Street in between 3rd & 4th Streets
Austin, TX
Austin, TX

Butler Dance Education Center  |  501 West 3rd Street  |  Austin, Texas 78701

Parking Guidance: 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 over the next few weeks. 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. 

Free Parking Spots

  • There are 23 FREE parking spaces surrounding our building which are accessed on a first-come first-served basis and turn over frequently throughout the day. We ask that you limit your use of these spaces to the time(s) you are in our building in order to ensure that as many people as possible have access to these spaces.
    • San Antonio Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets is currently closed to southbound traffic. Guests, students and clients visiting the Butler Education Dance Center can access the free parking spaces around our building by taking San Antonio Street northbound, left on 4th Street to take Nueces Street south past 3rd Street and entering the alleyway for parking off of Nueces Street. 
  • Austin City Hall parking garage offers two hours FREE parking weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm. Ballet Austin customers have access to two hours of free parking with validation. Bring your Austin City Hall garage ticket with you for validation at the front desk of the Butler Dance Education Center.

Discounted Parking

  • We've partnered with Hospitality Parking, which operates the Silicon Labs Parking Garage located at 400 W. Cesar Chavez, to provide Ballet Austin students and clients with parking spots for only $3 per visit with a pre-paid pass. Three-dollar parking passes for the Silicon Labs Garage are available for sale in our main lobby during normal business hours. Silicon Labs Parking Garage access is Monday through Friday after 4:30pm. Three-dollar parking passes do not expire.

Meters also reside around the building (allow for three hours of parking at the rate of $1 per hour via credit/debit cards or coins). Click on the additional parking options available below. Note: Access to metered parking may be affected by ongoing construction projects near the Butler Dance Education Center.

Bikes and Buses

  • 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 St.

Handicapped Spaces

  • These spaces require a proper permit. Violators will be ticketed at the owners expense.