Ballet Workshops for Adults

Ballet workshops at several levels

Ballet workshops teach the fundamentals of ballet to adults. It's never too late to learn something new, re-visit a childhood past-time, or fulfill a dream! Ballet workshops are enrollment-based* and are offered during a set period of time.

Absolute Beginning Ballet and other beginning level ballet workshops are listed below.

If you have had previous ballet training you may be interested in our Drop-in Ballet classes for adults of all levels offered 7 days a week. Start any time and come when you can.

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*All workshops require enrollment ahead of time and are non-refundable after enrollment.

Workshops are held at Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. 3rd St. 78701

Special Annual Dance Workshops

An Annual Holiday Favorite! Every December!

Love to dance? Love the holidays? Do you love to sing along to "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey? YES? This holiday workshop is for you! Fun to dance, and a great way to get in the holiday mood, and relieve some of the holiday stress. Join Jenny Alperin for an afternoon (just 1.5 hours) and dance it out!

Some dance experience preferred.

Come ready to dance, sing if you want to, and have a great time! SANTA HATS WELCOME!

Listen to this favorite song by Mariah Carey, and join Jenny for "All I Want for Christmas is You".

Instructor: Jenny Alperin
Date & Time: Saturday, 1:00pm-2:30pm: December 14
Cost: $28.00 - 1.5 hours

Join us as we THRILL THE WORLD! Or at least Austin! Every October!

This annual favorite is back for another year of Zombie fun!
Find your inner zombie and learn one of the most requested music videos ever made...Michael Jackson's THRILLER!

The instructional part of the THRILLER workshop is offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 4 weeks. (Please register for either Tuesday or Thursday)

The 5th week the workshop will culminate in a huge Thriller Zombie dance class rehearsal, Zombie Walk and THRILLER flashmob with both classes coming together on TUESDAY, October 29 - 8:30pm to about 9:30pm. One giant zombie walk down 2nd street to dance it out in downtown ATX.

Dates & Times: 

  • Tuesdays, October 1-October 22: 8:30pm-9:30pm and October 29 8:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Thursdays, October 3-October 24: 8:30pm-9:30pm and October 29 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Instructor: Kelsey Walsh
Cost: $85 (includes 4 weeks instruction plus a 5th weeks for the Zombie Walk and Flash Mob)

Ballet Workshops for Adults

Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop for Adults

It's never too late for adults to learn ballet. This workshop is one of the most popular we offer. And yes, it is absolute beginning. 

Designed for those who have never had a ballet class, this workshop teaches ballet from the very beginning. At the end of session you will have learned some of the fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. 

Adult ballet classes also offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body and work on posture while learning ballet technique. 

Dress Code:
Tights and a leotard. A T-shirt and/or shorts over your leotard are appropriate if you feel more comfortable–wear something that allows you to move freely. Ballet technique shoes required; canvas is recommended but leather is fine.

Date & Time options: 

  • Saturdays, September 14 - October 19: 1:15pm - 2:15pm (6 weeks)
  • Mondays, September 16 - October 21: 5:30pm - 6:30pm (6 weeks)
  • Sundays, September 22 - October 27: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (6 weeks)

Instructors:
Megan Richard
Lucy Record

Cost: $125 for 6-week workshop

Beginning Ballet 2 Workshop for Adults

Beginning Ballet 2 is for adults who wish to continue the work of the Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop, or have had an introduction to basic ballet. 

This workshop will further prepare the adult beginner for Beginning Ballet drop-in classes, or for the Beginning Ballet 3 Workshop. The Beginning Ballet 2 workshop will add more complex combinations and center work, and will develop confidence, coordination, strength, flexibility and body awareness. 

Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning ballet technique. 

Dress Code: Tights and a leotard. A T-shirt and/or shorts over your leotard are appropriate if you feel more comfortable–wear something that allows you to move freely. Ballet technique shoes required; canvas is recommended but leather is fine.

Date & Time options:​ Watch for more Fall 2019 times to be posted soon

  • Thursdays, September 12 - October 17: 12:30pm - 1:30pm (6 weeks)

  • Sundays, September 22 - October 27: 2:15pm - 3:15pm (6 weeks)

Instructors: 
Lucy Record
Taylor Williams

Cost: $125 for 6-week workshop

Beginning Ballet 3 Workshop for Adults

Beginning Ballet 3 is for adults who wish to continue the work of the Beginning 2 Ballet Workshop, have had an introduction to basic ballet, or want a refresher before trying a drop-in beginning level class.

This workshop will further prepare the adult beginner for Beginning Ballet drop-in classes and will add more complex combinations and center work. Develop confidence, coordination, strength, flexibility and body awareness. And enjoy a great workout!

Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning ballet technique. 

Dress Code: Tights and a leotard. A T-shirt and/or shorts over your leotard are appropriate if you feel more comfortable–wear something that allows you to move freely. Ballet technique shoes required; canvas is recommended but leather is fine.

You may also be interested in our drop-in ballet classes for adults. Start any time and come when you can.

Date & Time: 

  • Sundays, September 22 - October 27: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (6 weeks)r

Instructors: Lucy Record
 

Cost: $125 for 6-week workshop

Continuing POINTE Workshop for Adults

This is a great workshop for adults continuing basic pointe work.  The focus will be continuing and progressing pointe work at a basic level (but not for the absolute beginner). 

Must be 16 or older with previous ballet technique experience and some pointe work.

Classes will take the students through fundamental pointe work and exercises. Bring your pointe shoes with ribbons already sewn to the first class.

Participants are required to have ballet technique experience to take this workshop, and for the safety of the students, it is highly recommended that they take one to two ballet technique classes a week leading up to and during enrollment in the pointe workshop.

This is a 6-week workshop.

Date & Time: Wednesdays, September 11 - October 16: 11:30-12:30pm (6 weeks. 1 hour weekly)

Instructor: Selena Offenberg

Cost:  $125

Absolute Beginning Ballet POINTE Workshop for Adults

The Absolute Beginning Ballet Pointe Workshop is for Adults - (must be 17 or older with some previous ballet experience)*

This 6-week workshop meets for only 30 minutes weekly and is designed for adults to put on pointe shoes for the first time, starting at the absolute beginning. Students should have pointe shoes but are also welcome to take the workshop as a pre-pointe workshop in ballet technique shoes.

The 30-minute class will take place at the barre for safe and effective learning.

*For the safety of the students, we require previous and current ballet class attendance to ensure strong ankles and feet. Please call 512-501-8704 if you have questions about the prerequisite.

We recommend Movin' Easy Dance Store for purchasing shoes.

Date & Time: daytime or night time option (sign up for one):​

  • Mondays, September 16 - October 21: 1:00pm - 1:30pm (6 weeks - 30-minute classes)

Instructor: Lucy Record

Cost: $65 for 6-week workshop - 30 minute classes

Ballet POINTE 2 Workshop for the Intermediate Adult Dancer

This is a great workshop for adults at an intermediate level of ballet with some pointe work training who would like to continue and progress in their pointe work.

Must be 16 or older with previous ballet technique experience (ntermediate level ballet) and some pointe work.

Classes will take the students through fundamental pointe work and exercises. 30 minute classes.

Bring your pointe shoes with ribbons already sewn to the first class.

Participants are required to have ballet technique experience to take this workshop, and for the safety of the students, it is highly recommended that they take one to two ballet technique classes a week leading up to and during enrollment in the pointe workshop.

Date & Time: Mondays, September 16 - October 21: 8:15pm-8:45pm (6 weeks - 30 minute classes)

Instructor: Lucy Record

Cost: $65 for 6 weeks - 30 minute classes

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: Check out these convenient parking options near Ballet Austin!

FREE PARKING during the Annual Get Fit event and Come Dance event - FREE at the State Garage N directly across 3rd Street to the north of Ballet Austin - enter the white parking garage from San Antonio St between 3rd & 4th.

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. (Only covers times parked between 8am and 5pm)

    • 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.

    • 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.