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.

Dance Workshops for Adults

Lar Lubovitch DVOŘÁK SERENADE Dance Workshop

This workshop is for you, the adult dancer, who loves dance, and loves to dance.

This is your opportunity to experience dancing the choreography of Lar Lubovitch's DVOŘÁK SERENADE  that Ballet Austin is bringing to the stage Sept. 21-23 as part of the Season Opener THE FIREBIRD / DVOŘÁK SERENADE.
 
Spend a Sunday afternoon on Sept. 16 with company dancer Oliver Greene-Cramer as he teaches you a section of the choreography.
 
Oliver danced in the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company before coming to Ballet Austin, and will be dancing the lead role in Ballet Austin's Season Opener performance of Lar Lubovitch's DVOŘÁK SERENADE Sept. 21-23 at the Long Center.
 
Whether you have taken a modern dance class at the Butler Center with Oliver, or have taken any one of our contemporary, modern or ballet classes, if you are an intermediate-level dancer*, this is a workshop you won't want to miss.
 
Join Oliver on Sunday, Sept, 16, and learn some of this amazing choreography and then go see it performed on stage the following weekend! 

Want to combine the workshop with a ticket to the show? Check out our NEW Dancer Packagewhich offers you the chance to do both.

Watch this video to get a taste of the choreography and come dance!
 
*Experience in modern, contemporary or ballet at the immediate level. For ages 16 and older.

Instructor: Oliver Greene-Cramer

Date & Time: Sunday, Sept. 16: 1-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

Absolute Beginning Tap Dance

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

Tap dancing is a great form of exercise and a lot of fun. Before the end of five weeks you too can have Happy Feet!

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

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

Instructors: Mia Moi

Date & Time Options: 

  • Mondays, September 10-October 15: 12:30pm-1:30pm (6 weeks)
  • Saturdays, September 15-October 20: 2:00pm-3:00pm (6 weeks)

Cost: $115.00 

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. 

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

Instructor: Amir Hammoudeh (Sundays) & Jared Hale (Thursdays)

Date & Time: (select one below)

  • Sundays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 14: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6 weeks) (FIRST CLASS on 9/9 starts at 3:30pm)
  • Thursdays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 15: 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (6 weeks)

Cost: $115

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, 7-8 p.m.: Sept. 10 to Oct. 15 (6 weeks)

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, 8-9 p.m.: Sept. 10 to Oct. 15 (6 weeks)

Cost: $115 for 6 weeks 

Registration required in advance.

Traditional Irish Dance (Level 2) | Irish Sean-Nós

Ireland! We love the music and the dance! Irish Sean-Nós is the traditional dance of Ireland. Go to any pubhip-hopand you'll find people dancing the Sean-Nós! 

If you completed the Intro to Irish Sean-Nós (level 1) or have some Irish dancing, flamenco dancing, or tap dancing experience in your past, then this workshop is something you won't want to miss!

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!

Some of the best Sean-Nós dancers to be found are the "old timers" stepping it out in the dark corners of the Irish pub. So get ready to Sean-Nós in your living room, your back patio, or join the fun in a local pub!

What to wear: Besides comfortable clothing, wear a hard leather-soled shoe, a low-healed character shoe, a tap shoe, or any shoe to get started!

Instructor: Emily Furillo

Date & Time:  Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17: 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $105

Registration required in advance.

Absolute Beginning Jazz Dance Workshop

Not sure what a passé is? A jazz walk, ball change, or how to do a jazz kick? This workshop is for you!

Have you always wanted to learn some of the fun dance moves of a jazz class? Just want some summer fun?

Here it is! Think Jazz 101! A beginning jazz workshop for adults (teens age 14 and older are welcome) that teaches simple jazz terms and movement.

Each class will begin with an introductory-level jazz warm-up, and then spend the remainder of the class learning jazz technique, including 'jazz hands' and fun basic level choreography!

This workshop is for the beginner, or those returning to jazz after many years.

Come GET YOUR JAZZ ON!

Instructor: Jenny Alperin

Date & Time: Saturdays, Noon to 1 p.m.: Sept. 29 to Oct. 27 (4 weeks - NO CLASS Oct. 20)

Cost: $65

Beginning 2 Jazz Dance Workshop

If you have had some introduction to modern or contemporary dance or ballet, or have completed our Absolute Beginning Jazz Workshop, then this workshop is a great option to give you the next level of training in learning jazz technique.

This workshop will teach jazz technique at the beginning level, continuing to add new concepts, technique, and choreography. More work on turns and jumps and the style of jazz!

Jazz walk, ball change, and jazz kicks are part of the fun of jazz so come get your jazz on this fall!

Open and inviting!

Instructor: Jenny Alperin

Date & Time: Saturdays, 1-2 p.m.: Sept. 29 to Oct. 27 (4 weeks - NO CLASS Oct. 20)

Cost: $65

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

Beginning 2 Samba Brazilian Dance Workshop

Looking to continue the fun of Brazilian Samba, or are you returning to Samba dance and need a review? Come join us, as we dance out the culture of Brazil in this four-week workshop.
 
Beginning 2 Samba will continue the principles of samba, the national dance of Brazil. Drills, progressions, and simple combinations will become a bit more involved as you develop style, form, and coordination. You'll love the music and the samba beat!
 
Ideal for those who completed the Absolute Beginning Samba Brazilian, and those who have had some Samba in the past and looking to refresh their "samba feet". 

Instructor: Rebekah Fowler

Date & Time:  

Cost: $75

TBD

Absolute Beginning Samba Brazilian Dance Workshop

Learn the dance of Rio and of the annual festival Brazilian Carnaval!

This workshop will introduce you to samba, the national dance of Brazil. Learn simple combinations and develop form, style, and coordination.

Ideal for first-time students who want to learn this fun and festive style. Those who hip-hop to refresh their basic skills are welcome.

This workshops will take you on a musical and cultural voyage south of the equator. You will sweat yourself into shape as your mind and body go on a journey of fun, fitness and feel-good rhythms.

Absolutely no experience necessary; just the ability to let loose and go wild!

Instructors: Rebekah Fowler

Date & Time: Info coming soon!

Cost: Info coming soon!

TBD

Absolute Beginning Flamenco Dance

Absolute beginning means just that! For those who have had no Flamenco experience, or want to go back to the hip-hop beginning!
 
Flamenco dance is a fun and expressive Spanish dance form.

This six-week workshop begins from scratch introduces you to the characteristic arm and hand movements and rhythmic footwork that make flamenco so exciting.

The class will consist of a warm-up, strengthening technique exercises, and choreographic combinations set to upbeat flamenco music. hip-hop will build over six weeksfundamentalsand you will be surprised at how much you learn!

Come and dance! Lots of fun!

Dress code: Flamenco shoes or character/hard-soled shoes are ideal, but we highly encourage you to come and try out the class with any shoes that can withstand a little stomping.

Instructor: Defne Enç

Date & Time: Info coming soon!

Cost: Info coming soon!

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: 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.