Dance Workshops for Adults

4 or 6-week workshops

Dance workshops teach the fundamentals of a variety of dance styles from hip hop, tap, modern, Irish, Hawaiian, and more. Ballet Workshop information here.

Can't find a workshop that fits your style or schedule? Check out our drop-in dance classes offered 7 days a week.

While these workshops are for adults, teens ages 15 and older my enroll.

Follow the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to stay up to date on health and fitness trends. 

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

Dance Workshops for Adults

Holiday Dance Workshop - "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey

An Annual Holiday Favorite!

Love to dance? Love the holidays? Do you love to sing along to "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey?

Then this is holiday workshop is for you! Join Jenny Alperin for an afternoon or evening (just 1.5 hours) and dance it out for the holidays!

What a great way to get in the holiday mood and relieve some of the holiday stress!

Some dance experience preferred.

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

Listen to "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey and get ready to get in the holiday spirit!

Offered twice. Enroll into one or both:

Instructor: Jenny Alperin

Date & Time:  

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 15: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $25

The Nutcracker Holiday Ballet Variations Workshops

If you love to dance, love the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, or just want to learn some ballet choreography, you won't want to miss this Nutcracker ballet variations workshop!
 
For dancers at the Intermediate level of ballet or contemporary dance. There are two 2-week workshops being offered that will teach you the choreography from the Merliton Scene in The Nutcracker.

Make plans to attend and get in the Nutcracker holiday spirit.

Instructor: Danielle Ehoff

Date & Time:  Thursdays, 8:15pm-9:15p.m: December 6-December 13 (2 weeks) MERLITON SCENE VARIATION

Cost: $38 for 2 weeks

Registration required in advance.

Be sure to make plans to see Ballet Austin's THE NUTCRACKER on stage at the Long Center in December!

Absolute Beginning Hawaiian Dance - HULA 1

If you've never taken hula before, this six-week workshop is for you. Learn hula from the very beginning and experience a culture that is full of beauty and exciting adventure.

Hula dancing is a beautiful and graceful form of dance combining foot movement along with meaningful hand gestures to tell a story or teach a lesson. Classes include dances in the ancient form of hula (hula kahiko) as well as the more contemporary form of hula (hula 'auana). Hawaiian history and culture are also discussed as they relate to each hula learned in class.

Instructor: Vivian Kaw

Date & Time: Mondays, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm: January 14-February 25  (6 weeks) - No class January 21

Cost: $115 for 6 weeks

Registration required in advance.

Beginning 2 Hawaiian Dance - HULA 2

This six-week workshop is the second level in our hula workshop series. Elementary Hula picks up where Beginning Hula left off. If you have taken Beginning Hula or have had some hula experience in the past, you will continue learning and experiencing the beautiful dance of the Hawaiian islands.

Gain more knowledge and hone your hula skills.

Have you had hula experience and would like a more challenging class? Drop-in to Intermediate Hula on Tuesday nights.

Instructor: Vivian Kaw

Date & Time: Mondays, 8:00pm-9:00 p.m: January 14-February 25 (6 weeks) - No class January 21

Cost: $115 for 6 weeks 

Registration required in advance.

Absolute Beginning Hip Hop

Hip-hop dance is tons of fun for all skill levels! Come learn the basic hip-hop moves and simple hip-hop choreography!

Studies show that hip-hop dancing improves energy, lifts mood and lowers stress in ways similar to aerobic exercise.

This six-week workshop is designed to introduce adults (ages 16 and older) to the hip-hop culture and dance. Each class teaches the fundamentals of various Hip-hop dance movements in a fun, energetic and welcoming class environment. 

Instructors: Jared Hale

Date & Time: Thursdays, 8:30pm-9:30p.m: January 17-February 21 (6 weeks) 

Cost: $115.00 

You may also be interested in our drop-in hip-hop classes offered at several levels. Start any time and come when you can.

Absolute Beginning Modern Dance for Adults

It is never too late to learn anything new, but Modern dance can be especially fun for adults.

This workshop is for the absolute beginner adult.

Modern dance is an expressive and free form style of dance.

With technique less restrictive than classical ballet, modern is the perfect jumping off point for self-expression.

The workshop will introduce modern concepts through exercises and choreography designed to promote proper alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination.

Instructors: Mia Moi

Date & Time Options: Saturdays, 12:00pm-1:00 p.m: January 19-February 9 (4 weeks) 

Cost: $80.00 

Registration required in advance

Absolute Beginning Tap Dance

A 4-week tap workshop designed for adults to learn tap dance from the very beginning. This workshop is a favorite and so much fun!

Tap dance is for any age. It’s so much fun, and easy to pick up.

It can be a great workout, strengthening the legs and feet, all while increasing mobility in the hips, knees, and ankles. 

It is also extremely beneficial to cognitive functioning.

Absolute Beginning Tap focuses on learning single tap steps, then incorporating the steps into series of combinations.

Dress Code: Tap shoes recommended but not required to get started. Wear a shoe with a low hard heal. Comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Mia Moi

Date & Time: Mondays, 12:30pm-1:30 p.m: January 28-February 18 (4 weeks) 

Cost: $80

Registration required in advance

Traditional Irish Dance - Sean-Nós Level 3

Ireland! We love the music and the dance!

Irish Sean-Nós is the traditional dance of Ireland. Go to any pub and you'll find people dancing the Sean-Nós! 

If you completed the Intro to Irish Sean-Nós (level 1 or 2) or have some Irish dancing, flamenco dancing, or tap dancing experience in your past, then this workshop is something you will want to try!

This workshop will focus on musicality and improvisation while being inspired by traditional Irish music.

Get ready to Sean-Nós in your living room or join the fun in a local pub this season!

Instructor: Emily Furillo

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 7:15pm-8:15p.m: February 6-March 13 (6 weeks) 

Cost: $115

Registration required in advance

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 - 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.