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.

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

Variations Workshop - Learn Choreography from Ballet Austin's GISELLE

A wonderful opportunity to learn performance choreography from Ballet Austin’s upcoming performance of GISELLE.

Ballet Austin's May 2019 performance at the Long Center will be GISELLE, a romantic ballet, first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France in 1841.
 
Join Ballet Austin company dancer Jaime Lynn Witts for a Giselle Ballet Variations Workshop. Begin with a short barre warm-up and then learn more about  the style and choreography of a romantic ballet, and learn variations from Ballet Austin's GISELLE.
Some ballet experience* required.
 
Watch our video of GISELLE
 
The ghost-filled classical ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction. One of the world's most-often performed classical ballets, it is also one of its most challenging to dance. 

Find out more about Ballet Austin's Mother's Day weekend (May 10-12) performances of Giselle here.

*Some ballet experience. For adults and teens ages 15 and older.

Instructor: Ballet Austin company dancer Jaime Lynn Witts

Date & Time: Saturday, April 13: 1:15pm-2:45pm (1.5 hours)

Cost: ONLY $20

Registration required in advance.

Dance Workshops for Adults

Absolute Beginning Tap Dance for Adults

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. You are never too old to learn!

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

If you’re looking for a fun way to make music, energize your body, and stimulate your brain then try tap dancing!

Have a bit of tap experience already? You might want to try the Basic Level Tap class offered weekly on Saturdays. Start any time and come when you can.

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: March 25-April 22 (5 weeks) 

Cost:  $90 for the 5-week workshop

Registration required in advance

Beginning 2 Tap Dance for Adults

A 5-week tap workshop designed for adults to continue tap dance at a beginning level.
 
If you have taken the Absolute bBeginning Tap workshop, or have had some previous tap but want a refresher, this is a great option!
 
Each class will focus on learning and building on tap steps and incorporating the steps into series of combinations. 

Dress Code: Tap shoes recommended. Wear a shoe with a low hard heal. Comfortable clothing.

Instructor: Mia Moi

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 12:30pm-1:30 p.m: March 27-April 24 (5 weeks) 

Cost:  $90 for the 5-week workshop

Registration required in advance

Beginning 2 Modern Dance

Beginning 2 Modern Dance is a workshop for adults who wish to continue the work of the Absolute Beginning Modern Workshop, or have had some introduction to basic modern or contemporary dance and are at a beginner level or need a refresher.

It is never too late to learn anything new...and to continue learning! Modern dance can be especially fun for adults.
 
Modern dance is an expressive and highly individualized dance form. With technique less restrictive than classical ballet, modern is the perfect jumping off point for self-expression.

Instructors: Mia Moi

Date & Time Options: Sundays, 2:00pm-3:00 p.m: April 14 -May 12 (4 weeks - No class 4/21) 

Cost: $80.00 

Registration required in advance

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: Sundays, 1:00pm-2:00 p.m: March 3 -March 31 (4 weeks - No class 3/24) 

Cost: $80.00 

Registration required in advance

Absolute Beginning Hawaiian Dance - HULA 1

If you've never taken hula before, this workshop is for you. Learn hula from the very beginning and experience a culture that is full of beauty and exciting adventure. Great class if you have a trip panned to the Hawaiian Islands!

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.

Open to adults and teens ages 13 and up.

Instructor: Vivian Kaw

Date & Time

  • Mondays, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm: April 22-May 20  (5 weeks) 
  • Mondays, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm: June 3-July 8  (6 weeks) 

Cost: $80 for 5 weeks / $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, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm: April 22-May 20  (5 weeks) 

Cost: $80 for 5 weeks

Registration required in advance.

This will no longer be offered after May. We will be offering 3 levels of hula on our weekly drop-in class schedule starting summer 2019.

Beginning Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

Are you a Musical Theatre student in high school or college and lack confidence in your dance training? Or are you an adult or teen who is wanting to give Musical Theatre Dance a try?
 
THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!
 
This 4-week workshop will be taught at the beginning level (little or limited dance experience) to help the musical theatre lover learn some of the common dance moves of musical theatre!
 
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement and jazz shoes, sneakers, or ballet shoes are fine.

Open to adults and teens ages 13 and up.

Looking for a Musical Theatre Dance Workshop at the intermediate level? Scroll down for more information.

Instructor: Adam Roberts

Date & Time: 

  • Sundays, 1:15pm-2:15p.m: June 16-July 2 (4 weeks) 
  • Sundays, 1:15pm-2:15p.m: July 21-August 11 (4 weeks) 

Cost: $80

Registration required in advance

Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

Anyone with dance experience at the intermediate level that wants to improve their Musical Theatre Dance skills will not want to miss this workshop.

Spend 4 weeks with Adam Roberts who has served as artistic director, choreographer, and musical director for a wide range of companies, productions and initiatives throughout his career, with choreography credits including two European concert tours.

Wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement and jazz shoes, sneakers, or ballet shoes are fine.

For adults and teens ages 13 and up with previous dance experience.

Instructor: Adam Roberts

  • Sundays, 2:15pm-3:15p.m: June 16-July 2 (4 weeks) 
  • Sundays, 2:15pm-3:15p.m: July 21-August 11 (4 weeks) 

Cost: $80

Registration required in advance

Intermediate Advanced Tap Dance Workshop

If you have tap experience and want to refine and sharpen your skills, this workshop is for you!

Taught at the intermediate/advanced level for those desiring to get ready for auditions, improve their skills, or just keep tapping through the summer!

Work on steps, more complex turns, and build speed while keeping the clarity of your taps clean. Work on more complicated combinations and just enjoy a fun and challenging class this summer!

Open to adult tappers and teens ages 13 and older with tap experience.

Tap shoes required.

Open to adults and teens ages 13 and up.

Instructor: Adam Roberts

  • Sundays, 3:15pm-4:15p.m: June 16-July 2 (4 weeks) 
  • Sundays, 3:15pm-4:15p.m: July 21-August 11 (4 weeks) 

Cost: $80

Registration required in advance

Absolute Beginning Hip Hop for Adults

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: 

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.

Bollywood Dance Workshop for Adults

Get ready for TONS of Bollywood fun!

The Bollywood workshop series is your opportunity to spend 2 weeks learning fun Bollywood dance choreography.
 
Yes! In just 2 weeks you will be amazed at what you can learn and how much fun you have in the process. You will love the music, the steps, and the instructor!
 
At the end of 2 weeks you will be able to say, "Yes! I can Bollywood!"

No experience necessary. Come ready to learn and have lots of laughs and a great workout!

Instructor: Prakash Mohandas

Date & Time: 

Cost: $

Registration required in advance

TBD

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.