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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. 

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.

Auditions

BA Live! / Virtual Auditions / Ages 11-18

  • January 9, 2021 (Registration for January 9 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 10, 2021 (Registration for January 10 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 16, 2021 (Registration for January 16 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 17, 2021 (Registration for January 17 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 23, 2021 (Registration for January 23 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 24, 2021 (Registration for January 24 is now closed. Please register for another weekend or submit a digital audition.)
  • January 30, 2021 (Registration for January 30 is now closed. Please submit a digital audition.)
  • January 31, 2021 (Registration for January 31 is now closed. Please submit a digital audition.)
  • February 6, 2021 (Registration for February 6 is now closed. Please submit a digital audition.)

Digital (pre-recorded video) Audition Submissions / Ages 9-18

To audition with a pre-recorded video take the following steps:

Your 15-minute digital audition should include a sampling of barre work and center practice, including adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro, as well as pointe work, if applicable. Men should include double tour en l’air and tours á la seconde.

Ballet Austin’s Senior Summer Intensive Program has reached capacity. If you would like to be considered for the waitlist, please follow the steps above and submit a digital audition. If spaces become available, we will go to the waitlist in order of receipt.
For more information on the Summer Intensive Audition Tour please email registrar@balletaustin.org or call 512.501.8703.

Summer Intensive Levels

Senior Summer Intensive (AGES 11–22)

Dates: June 21-July 9 / July 12-July 30 / June 21-July 30

Ballet Austin’s Senior Summer Intensive program offers two 3-week sessions or one 6-week session of study for serious students ages 11–22.

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 and repertoire, students take classes with well established contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop and theatre dance teachers.

DATES | Session 1 – June 21-July 9

DATES | Session 2 – July 12-July 30

DATES | Six-week Session – June 21-July 30

Required classes for all levels of the Senior Intensive meet Monday through Friday. Students receive about 5 hours of instruction each day. All students receive daily Ballet Technique classes. The daily schedule is posted after level placement is determined. Schedules are posted weekly during the Intensive.

Level Placement

Students will be placed in their level of study for the course by the Directors, prior to the start of the program. This placement will be communicated via email and will be at the sole discretion of the Directors. Assessment will be ongoing and adjustments will be made after the start of the program as necessary.

Possible Classes Offered:

  • Pointe
  • Variations
  • Partnering
  • Men’s Technique
  • Stretch/Conditioning
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz/Theatre Dance
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Repertoire
  • Seminars

Tuition

$1740 / three-week session

$3125 / six-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

Dormitory housing is provided at The Callaway House, 505 W. 22nd St., a private dormitory located adjacent (West Campus) to the University of Texas Campus, about two miles north of the Ballet Austin studios.

$2215 / three-week session

$4290 / six-week session

Performances

If health and safety mandates allow, there will be an informal performance highlighting the accomplishments of each level of our Senior Summer Intensive at the end of each 3-week session. The primary focus of our summer program is for students to gain a deeper understanding of classical ballet technique.

Junior Summer Intensive (AGES 9–13)

Dates: August 2-August 13

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.

DATES | August 2-13

Ballet Austin’s Junior Summer Intensive program offers one, two-week session of study for serious students ages 9–13. The Junior Intensive meets weekdays (M-F) and is a half-day program.

Level Placement

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

Parent Observation

If health and safety mandates allow, parent watch day is available on the last day of the Jr. Intensive.

Possible Classes Offered:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Hip-Hop
  • Stretch/Conditioning

Tuition

$1100 / 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.

Opportunities

Butler Fellowship Program

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

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, 30 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions 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 Director Christopher Swaim.

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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. Currently, 80 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions are filled with Ballet Austin II graduates.

Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They 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, 109 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.

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VIDEO GALLERIES

See the Ballet Austin Advantage

Ballet Austin / Ballet Austin II

From Summer Intensive to Company Dancers

70% of Ballet Austin’s Company Dancers come from the Summer Intensive

Recruiting for Ballet Austin II

Butler Fellowship Program / Summer Intensive

The Path to a Professional Career

Learn more about the Butler Fellowship Program

Overview of the Summer Intensive Program

Residential Life and the Austin Experience

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