Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin's apprentice program and second company.
The apprentices 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 touring and educational programs across the state. To date, 86 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 40 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 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.
Ballet Austin provides rehearsal/performance shoes, onsite physical therapy, and offers participation in their group health insurance plan.
Nearly 70 percent of Ballet Austin's main company positions are filled with Ballet Austin II graduates. Through a partnership with St. Edward's University, Ballet Austin II members are eligible to receive 24 college credit hours for their second company experience.
Ballet Austin II apprentices are recruited through Ballet Austin's Summer Intensive Program and the year-round Butler Fellowship Program. Auditions for the summer intensive are held each winter/spring. Students age 18 and older can also be considered for acceptance into the summer intensive by attending a Company Audition.
For more information about Ballet Austin II, email Eugene Alvarez or call 512.476.9151.
Originally from Shreveport, La., Bailey Anglin began her training at Carol Anglin Dancenter where she was a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre. She furthered her education by studying at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Bailey accepted a traineeship with the Richmond Ballet. She has attended numerous summer intensives including Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Austin.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Abby Chen started her training at the San Francisco Ballet School under the artistic direction of Helgi Tomasson. She continued her studies with merit scholarship at City Ballet School in San Francisco with Galina Alexandrova. There Abby performed many leading roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Myrtha in Giselle, as well as a featured role in Yuri Zhukov’s With Time We Go. Abby spent a year in the Butler Fellowship program before being promoted to Ballet Austin II. During her year as a Fellow, she enjoyed roles in Mills' The Nutcracker, danced the lead couple in Raymonda Pas de Dix and a soloist role in Jennifer Hart's Strange Toys.
Nicole Del Bene is originally from Stormville, N.Y. She began her early training at Pinewood School of Dance. In May 2015, Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Ballet Concentration from SUNY Purchase. As a scholarship student, Nicole danced works by George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan, Jessica Lang, Bettijane Sills and premiered work by Claire Porter and Taryn Kashock Russell. In the fall of 2013, Nicole was chosen by the Conservatory of Dance faculty to attend the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Ou Lu, Stella Lau and Zhao Min Hua. She has also studied dance at Vassar College under the guidance of John Meehan and Steve Rooks.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Constance Doyle trained until age 17 under Gigi Hyatt and Janusz Mazon. She attended the summer programs of American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Boston Ballet, The School of American Ballet (SAB) where she danced for two summers under full scholarship, and The Chautauqua Institute. At 17 she was invited to study year-round at SAB where she trained for two years with Kay Mazzo, Susan Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Darci Kistler, and Peter Martins. While at SAB, Constance was thrilled to perform George Balanchine's Serenade, Western Symphony and Valse Fantaisie during the school's workshop performances which were featured in a 2015 PBS Live from Lincoln Center national broadcast. She was repeatedly invited to dance in the annual New York Choreographic Institute and to participate as both dancer and choreographer in SAB's Student Choreographic Workshop. She is thankful to her parents, whose love and sacrifices made her career possible, and she dances to glorify God and magnify His beauty.
Brian Heil was born in San Diego, Calif., and is excited to begin his second year as an apprentice with Ballet Austin II. Brian received his early training at the San Diego Academy of Ballet under Max and Sylvia Tchernychev. In May 2014, he graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he trained under John Meehan. Some of Brian's favorite roles include George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Polonius in Stephen Mills' Hamlet.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Paul Martin trained in Des Moines and Kansas City before joining Ballet Austin II. He studied under Albert Adams and Elizabeth Harano Adams from early youth to 2014. He then trained at Kansas City Ballet School until 2015. Paul has appeared in many Iowa Dance Theatre performances including The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and The Gilded Bat.
Originally from White Plains, N.Y., Taylor began her training at Logrea Dance Academy. At the age of 15 she began attending the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program where she trained with Edward Ellison and Erin Forrest for two years. Prior to becoming a Butler Fellow, Taylor was a trainee with The Washington Ballet for the 2013-14 season.
Originally from Danbury, Conn., Kristen began her professional ballet training at New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11 and was later accepted into the Miami City Ballet School. She attended the Harid Conservatory for four years training under Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva. There she also received the Fred Lieberman Award of Excellence. In 2012, Kristen was accepted into the Trainee Program at Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago. With the Joffrey Ballet, she danced alongside the main company in productions such as Stanton Welch's La Bayadère, Gerald Arpino's The Nutcracker, and Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet.
A proud Michigander, Abby is very excited to join Ballet Austin II. Her early training in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop was with the Taylor Dance Program and Ballet Americana under the direction of Joy Squire, Patricia Squire Lorenz, Leif Lorenz, and Julie Phillips. Upon graduating high school as valedictorian, her love for ballet took her to Dayton, Ohio, where she danced with the Dayton Ballet for four seasons. Among the many featured roles she was honored to perform with them, a few of her favorites include, Snow Queen in Karen Russo Burke's The Nutcracker, Gerald Arpino's Reflections, Stephen Mills' Red Roses and Five Flights Up, Jessica Lang's From Foreign Lands and People, and Amy Seiwart's Chasing Ghosts. Abby would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous love and support.
Rodolfo Tandazo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of 15 he began his dance training at the Charlotte Ballet Academy where he was taught and coached by Patricia McBride. After attending the 2013 Summer Course at the Miami City Ballet School, Rodolfo was invited to continue his training during the winter term under a full scholarship. As a student, he performed principal roles in George Balanchine's Western Symphony (first movement), Tarantella, and the Waltz Boy in Serenade.