Dance Classes & Workshops for Kids, Pre-teens & Teens

Ballet Austin offers community-based dance programming in an inclusive and nurturing environment, located in the heart of downtown Austin. Our non-competitive professional instruction offers the opportunity to learn something new, be challenged, and get a great workout. Dance improves flexibility, coordination, balance, range of motion, stamina, muscle tone, strength and posture. But physical fitness is just one of many benefits of dance. Children and teens learn to follow directions, learn and remember steps (choreography), respond to music, develop teamwork, build confidence, and of course FUN!

There is one final reason to get children of any age dancing. Research proves there is a strong link between involvement in the arts (including dance) and increased educational achievement. In fact, one study showed that "students who participate in the arts are not only more likely to participate in a math and science fair, but also out-perform their peers on the SATs by 87 points" (www.artsusa.org). 

Lace up those sneakers, buckle the tap shoes, slip on the ballet shoes, and experience the fun of dance! 

Dance Workshops for Kids, Preteens & Teens!

Introductory Hip Hop for Kids ages 7-12

Hey kids...come learn some cool dance moves!

Introductory level Hip Hop dance workshop for ages 7-12

This 6-week hip hop workshop introduces the popular urban hip hop style of dance in a fun and kid-friendly way. Learn basic hip hop dance moves featured in today’s popular music videos, including footwork, freezes, and more. Super awesome, high energy and fun instructor!

Hip Hop is such a great way to challenge a child's coordination, strength, rhythm, agility, and endurance.

Open to ages 7-12 with no or little hip hop experience.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Instructor: Dereke' Thompson

Date & Time: Sundays, January 19 - February 23: 2:15pm - 3:00pm (45 minute classes)

Cost: $110 for 6 weeks 

Pre-teen/Teen Intro to Hip Hop Workshop for ages 11-15

A 6-week hip hop workshop for ages 11-15 introducing the popular urban hip hop style of dance.
 
Learn basic hip hop dance moves featured in today’s popular music videos, including footwork, freezes, and more. Super fun and energetic instructor you will love! (ask him to dance for you!)
 
Open to ages 11-15 with little or no hip hop experience.
 
Welcoming and friendly and lots of fun!
 
16 and older students may be interested in our Adult/Teen workshops.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Instructor: Dereke' Thompson

Date & Time: Thursdays, January 16 - February 20: 6:30pm - 7:15pm (45 minute classes)

Cost: $110 for 6 weeks 

Beginning Musical Theatre Dance for Ages 12-17

Are you a Musical Theatre student in middle school or high school and lack confidence in your dance training? Or maybe you just want to give musical theatre a try?
 
This workshop at the beginning level is for YOU!
 
This 4-week workshop will be taught by the best at the beginning level (little or limited dance experience) to help the musical theatre lover (Or future 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.

Instructor: Adam Roberts

Date & Time Options: TBD

Cost: $

TBD

Beginning Ballet Drop-in Class for Ages 11-18

This is not a workshop, however is a great summer ballet option for ages 11-18. Start any time and come when you can! This beginning level ballet class is offered on our drop-in schedule eduring the summer and is geared toward a beginning-level pre-teen/teen.

For preteens and teens interested in beginning-level ballet class, this open ballet class is for you!
 
Only offered during the summer months, this class gives ages 11-18 the opportunity to try ballet, improve technique at the beginning level, and get some ballet basics needed for other dance styles. A great option for dance team students who need more ballet.
 
The basics will be the focus, offering the opportunity to learn and improve basic ballet vocabulary and positions, focusing on barre work and some intro to dancing center floor.
 
Start any time and come when you can offering you the flexibility you need during the summer!

Instructor: Taylor Williams

Date & Time Options: TBD Summer 2020

Cost: 

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.