Active & Healthy Aging Workshops for Adults 50+

Workshops promoting active and healthy living throughout life

One of Ballet Austin's core values is to encourage lifelong health and well-being. We strive to provide opportunities for adults of all ages to remain active and healthy through every stage of life.

Aging begins at birth, and being active makes us feel more energetic at any time in our lives, but there are other more specific benefits to being active as we grow older. In fact, as we grow older, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves to promote optimum quality of life.

Some specific benefits of being active as we age:

  • Strengthening muscles and bones reducing the risk fractures and even falls
  • Promoting better balance, reducing the risk of falls 
  • Maintaining range of motion to remain as independent as possible into the later years
  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Healthy lungs and heart
  • More energy and better sleep
  • Emotional, intellectual, and social benefits

Ballet Austin has developed a series of classes and workshops for men and women in their 50's and beyond to promote an active and healthy life. But we welcome any age in any of these classes and workshops because healthy aging does begin at birth!

Workshops, generously underwritten by Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund, include Better Balance & Movement, a falls prevention workshop and Osteo-Strong, a workshop promoting bone health and reducing the effects of osteoporosis. Scroll down for details.

You may also be interested in our drop-in dance & fitness classes offered 7 days a week such a Zumba®, Feldenkrais®, Gentle Yoga, and other low impact conditioning classes, or beginning ballet and barre classes. These allow for flexibility and a pay-as-you-go option. View our full schedule of drop-in dance and fitness classes here. Start any time and come when you can!

*All classes and workshops are held at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St in downtown Austin. Workshops require enrollment ahead of time. If you need assistance please call 512.501.8704.

Better Balance & Movement Workshop

OFFERED AT NO COST - We now offer both a Basic Balance Workshop and the Balance Leve 2 Workshop.

According to the CDC, every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.

We also know that our sense of balance starts to decline at about age 45.

But you don’t have to fall!

Beginning a balance program before getting to the point of a fall is essential in maintaining and promoting good balance and quality of life. Balance activities, balance exercises, and ongoing balance training can limit the loss or actually improve our performance.

This workshop will focus on promoting and maintaining balance, coordination, and posture through a series of simple and repetitive brain and muscle exercises. The goal of ongoing balance training is to teach your brain how to quickly activate the right muscles in your body at the right time to help keep you upright.

This workshop is excellent for people of all ages, but especially beneficial to the older adult or those dealing with the affects of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. It can also be helpful for individuals recovering from injury, experiencing declining vision, hearing and muscle strength.

Like anything else in life good balance is about practice. We tend to get good at sitting due to practice, so get out of the chair and let's balance our lives for healthier aging!

Everyone welcome! Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend as well.

Held at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St. Call 512.501.8704 if you have questions.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Ballet Austin's Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director

Date & Time: ​​

  • Mondays, September 24-October 22, 2018: 10:45am-11:25am - (4 weeks - NO class 10/8)
  • Wednesdays, October 24-November 14, 2018: 11:15:am-11:55am - ( 4 weeks)

Cost: 

  • NO COST to enroll into the four-week workshop thanks to underwriting by Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund

If you'd like to make a corporate or individual donation to support this program, please click here.

Osteo-Strong | Low Impact Bone-Builder Workshop

Offered at NO COST
A strong skeleton is just as important as a healthy heart. Bones form the frame that keeps our bodies from collapsing.

Osteopenia and osteoporosis can happen as we get older, but we can prevent unnecessary bone loss, and even improve bone health with proper exercise and nutrition.

Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and leads to better overall health.

This 4-week workshop focuses on learning simple and safe weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises you can do at work and home on a daily basis that will maintain bone density and help slow bone density loss.

Weights are used during class. A variety of weights are available.

If you have health problems—such as heart trouble, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity—or if you are age 50 or older and have not been exercising, you may want to check with your doctor before you begin.

Held at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness & Pilates Center Director

Date & Time: 

  • Mondays, September 10-October 1, 2018: 9:45am-10:25am
  • Can't commit to the workshop? This is also now offered on the drop-in schedule at NO COST. Offered most Mondays at 9:45am. CHECK THE SCHEDULE and come work out with us to build healthier bones!

Cost:

  • NO COST to enroll into the four-week Osteo-Strong Workshop thanks to underwriting by Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund. Or drop in to a class for FREE!

You may also be interested in Osteo-lates:

Ballet Austin's Pilates Center offers a weekly drop-in Group Pilates Reformer class on Wednesdays at noon and Fridays at 1:00pm - Osteo-lates | A Group Reformer Workout for Strong Bones & Better Movement. It will focus on strengthening bone, muscle, and joint health through a system of therapeutic Pilates exercises. Improve posture and feel better! Find out more.

If you'd like to make a corporate or individual donation to support this program, please click here.

Movement & Music for Active Aging to challenge the body and the brain

Offered at NO COST.

Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. But it should be fun!

Put movement and music together and you will not only have a fun and refreshing workout, but will get your heart-rate up and stimulate the mind for long-term health and well-being. Improve endurance, flexibility, and balance. Putting steps together and moving in a variety of fun ways will also stimulate memory and wake up the brain!

A super-fun class for anyone who wants to move and groove to timeless music. You may even break a sweat!

Each week will include a simple warm-up, dance & movement steps, and great music that will take you back in time and encourage you to sing along to.

"Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,"  Dr Kathrin Rehfeld.

Modification is welcome. Take the class standing and groving, sitting in a chair and grooving, or a combination of both!

Thank you to the Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund for making it possible to offer this workshop at NO or low cost.

Instructor: Vicki Parsons, Ballet Austin's Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director

Date & Time: ​ TBD late fall 2019

Cost: 
NO COST to first-time enrollee into the four-week Movement & Music Workshop thanks to underwriting by Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund

  • $25 – reduced rate for continuing participants four-week workshops due to partial underwriting by Ballet Austin.

Butler Center for Dance & Fitness FAQs

Dance & Fitness Instructors

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

Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center and AustinVentures StudioTheater
501 West 3rd Street  |  Austin, Texas 78701

Parking Guidance: Downtown Austin is constantly evolving, and Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center, featuring the AustinVentures StudioTheater, is surrounded by exciting new development projects. Check out these convenient parking options near Ballet Austin!

FREE PARKING - Available at two (2) locations

  • BALLET AUSTIN SURFACE LOT: Entrances located via alley coming northbound and southbound on San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Streets or southbound on Nueces between 2nd & 3rd Streets | Available 24 hours, daily | 23 spaces available for FREE on first-come, first-served basis.

  • CITY HALL: Entrance located on Guadalupe between W. Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets | Available every day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Cost = First 2 hours FREE with validated parking ticket.

    • Bring your Austin City Hall garage ticket with you for validation at the front desk of the Butler Dance Education Center.    
      NOTE: Austin City Council meetings on Thursday may affect available parking in this garage.

$3 DOLLAR PARKING - Available at two (2) locations

  • SILICON LABS: You can purchase $3 parking vouchers for the Silicon Labs parking garages (Building 400 and Building 200) at Ballet Austin's reception desk, and both garages are offering discounted parking weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT.  Silicon Labs parking vouchers do not expire.

    • Silicon Labs 400 Building | Garage entrance located on San Antonio between W. Cesar Chavez & 2nd Streets | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT | Cost = $3 | Buy parking vouchers in advance at Ballet Austin.

    • Silicon Labs 200 Building* | Garage entrance located on Colorado between W. Cesar Chavez & 2nd Streets | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT | Cost = $3 | Buy parking vouchers in advance at Ballet Austin.

      *Back-up garage if Silicon Labs 400 garage is full.

  • 500 W. 2ND STREET (Google Building): You can park in the garage at 500 W. 2nd Street and then purchase $3 parking vouchers at Ballet Austin's reception desk to cover your charges. Parking in this location is available to Ballet Austin customers weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT and all day on weekends. Each $3 voucher is good for TWO (2) HOURS, so purchase as many vouchers as you need to cover your time at this location.

    • 500 W. 2nd Street Building | Garage entrance located on San Antonio between 2nd Street & 3rd Street | Available weekdays after 4:30 p.m. CT and all day weekends | Cost = $3 | Buy parking vouchers in advance or after parking at Ballet Austin.

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:  Special events and festivals held in downtown Austin may periodically affect parking rates in the garages near Ballet Austin, while 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.