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Ballet Austin’s Speakers Bureau offers organizations the opportunity to discover the various facets of Austin’s largest arts organization.


Learn about the artistic process, the business of dance, and the educational workings of Ballet Austin as one of the largest classical ballet academies and schools in the nation.

Our speakers and topics include but are not limited to:

Artistic Director Stephen Mills: discusses his role as creator and curator of Ballet Austin’s productions and seasons, as well as the artistic process that occurs between dancer and choreographer to create new works.

Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, C.F.R.E.: gives an overview of Ballet Austin and its history since 1956 and discusses how we recruit and contract with our artists, composers, designers, choreographers, and how Ballet Austin fits into the national and international dance scenes.

Production Director Bill Sheffield: discusses the rigorous process of bringing a ballet to the stage from the initial conception of a work through the striking of the set.

Community Education Director Pei-San Brown: discusses the training and life of a professional dancer, and the work that Ballet Austin does in the community, including teacher professional development, educational performances, and free community programming.

Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons: discusses a variety of topics related to active life, workplace wellness, nutrition, raising healthy children, and healthy aging. Her free Be Well Talks are highly requested and are available to businesses, organizations, and clubs upon request.


For more information, or to request a speaker for your organization, please email Executive Administrator Lital Yaacob at least 90 days prior to your requested date. Please note that availability is subject to individual speaker’s schedules.

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