TRAIN WITH THE BEST NEXT SUMMER!
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.
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, may also be 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.
Look for Summer Intensive 2024 audition information in November.
Butler Fellowship Program
The Butler Fellowship Program serves as Ballet Austin’s trainee program. All Butler Fellowship positions are fully endowed, allowing these 15 outstanding dancers the opportunity to train at Ballet Austin tuition-free. Currently, 6 of Ballet Austin’s main and second company contracts are filled with graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.
The Butler Fellows are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. Designed for post-high school dancers, the Butler Fellowship Program features an innovative and personal approach to professional-track training. It is linked directly to the artistic “arc” of Ballet Austin, with all daily technique classes taught by Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin, and Rehearsal Directors Christopher Swaim and Alexa Capareda.
Ballet Austin II
Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin’s apprentice program and second company. Currently, more than half of Ballet Austin’s main company positions are filled with Ballet Austin TWO graduates.
Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. With over 40 performances per season, they dance with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of work in Austin and on tour across the state. To date, over 200 graduates of Ballet Austin TWO and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 74 companies.
See the Ballet Austin Advantage
From Summer Intensive to Company Dancers
Overview of the Summer Intensive Program
Residential Life and the Austin Experience