Dance Workshops for Adults

4 or 6-week workshops

Dance workshops are offered in a variety of dance styles from hip hop, tap, modern, 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.

Special Annual Dance Workshops

An Annual Holiday Favorite! Every December!

Holiday Dance Workshop!

Love to dance? Love the holidays? Do you love to sing along to "All I Want for Christmas" 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!

THIS YEAR will be even more fun! Mariah Carey will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her landmark holiday album Merry Christmas with a deluxe reissue out November 1st. By December you will definitely want to join Jenny Alperin to dance out ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS!

Some dance experience preferred. Open to adults and ages 13 and older.

Come ready to dance, sing if you want to, and have a great time! SANTA HATS, JINGLE BELLS, RUDOLF NOSES ALL WELCOME!

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

More Dance Workshops for Adults

Musical Theatre Dance Audition Workshop with Adam Roberts - in the style of WEST SIDE STORY

Want to do your best in any musical theatre audition? Of course you do!

Auditions do not have to be terrifying. Learn the “dos and don’ts” of the audition process and be prepared!

Strengthen your dance audition skills in this two-hour workshop led by musical theatre choreographer Adam Roberts. In the style of WEST SIDE STORY!

The Dec. 10th workshop will begin with a mock dance audition in the style of WEST SIDE STORY.  It will be taught at typical audition speed. We'll then break down the combination, in order to give participants the opportunity to understand the style more completely.

Expect to learn tips for successful dance auditions, walk away with some turns and tricks to practice, and engage in an athletic workout during each workshop!

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

Instructor: Adam Roberts

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 10: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (2 hours)

Cost: $45

Registration required in advance

Adam Roberts has served as choreographer for dozens of musicals throughout his career, along with credits that also include two European concert tours. His students have appeared in principal roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, been nominated for the Tony Award, and appeared in film, national tours, and on network television. He is a proud faculty member at Ballet Austin's Butler School for Dance and Fitness.

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 workshop is designed to introduce adults (and teens ages 15 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: Dereke' Thompson

Date & Time:

  • Thursdays, 7:30pm-8:30pm: January 16 - February 20 (6 weeks)

Cost: $120 

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 Hawaiian Dance - HULA 101

Hawaiian Dance for the absolute beginner to hula. This is a workshop to learn from the beginning. Think Hula 101!

Hula is a beautiful and graceful form of dance from the Hawaiian Islands, combining intricate foot movements along with meaningful gestures of the hands and body to tell stories through movement and music.

No prior dance experience is necessary for this workshop! Each lesson builds upon the one that came before it. In this authentic Hula workshop taught by an instructor from Hawaii, learn all of the hula basics.

Adults and ages 13 and up welcome.

Already have some basic hula? Try one of our weekly Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Hula drop-in classes. See the drop-in class schedule for more details.

Instructor: Vivian Kaw

Date & Time

  • Mondays, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm: January 13-February 24 (6 weeks - No class on January 20) 

Cost: $110

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: Thursdays, 5:30am-6:30pm: January 16-February 6 (4 weeks)

Cost:  $85

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, 2:00pm-3:00pm: January 26-February 6(4 weeks)

Cost: $85.00 

Registration required in advance

Absolute Beginning Irish Sean-Nós | Intro to Irish Dancing

Ireland! We love the music and the dance!

Irish Sean-Nós (sha-nose) literally means “old style”, and this beautiful gentle style is danced by individuals to their own steps, and their own rhythm. And everyone can do it!
This is an introductory level of Sean-Nós for those with little or no experience in Irish dancing.
Sean-Nós Dance is an old style of dancing that is most associated with the west of Ireland. Sean-Nós dance is low to the ground stepping out to the music, similar to tap dance, and the style is more relaxed than modern Irish step dancing, so it is easy to learn.
The footwork is great fun to watch, to do, and especially fun to listen to! This 6-week workshop will become a favorite!
This workshop will explore the basic footwork and technique, musicality, and improvisation within the old Irish style of dance. 

No experience needed and those with experience are welcome!

Instructor: Emily Furillo

Date & Time:  Wednesdays, 7:15pm-8:15pm: February 5 - March 11 (6 weeks)

Cost: $110.00 

Leaps, Turns, & Contemporary Combos Spring Break Workshop

If you're looking for a place to dance and learn and improve skills for dance/drill/pom, or just want to spend your break dancing, sign up for this 6-hour workshop during Spring Break!
The focus will be on basic foundations and technique for drill/dance/pm dancers, including, leaps and turns technique, jazz and contemporary combos, and more!

Who should come? Current Middle School and High School dance, drill, pom, and cheer members, or anyone who wants to dance during Spring Break!

Some dance experience required. 

See you on the dance floor for spring break.

Instructor: Mia Moi

Date & Times: March 16-19, 2020: 10am - 11:30am (1.5 hours per day for 4 days)

Cost: $90

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 Beginning 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: TBD


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: TBD


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 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.