Community Engagement & Education

Ballet Austin Believes...

...that the arts are most valuable to a community when supported by a network of quality educational initiatives. We acknowledge the arts and arts education as essential elements in the educational process necessary for the intellectual and social development of all humans.

Ballet Austin offers meaningful and responsible programming to people of all ages throughout Central Texas, and assure accessibility to traditionally under-served populations, both in schools and in the theater. Sponsorship/Underwriting levels begin at $5,000.

Community Donation Program

The mission of Ballet Austin’s Community Donation Program is to support the efforts of 501(c)(3) non-profit social service and arts organizations serving financially-challenged women, children, and seniors in the Austin and immediately surrounding areas.

Completing this form does not guarantee that your organization will receive a donation. The following guidelines and procedures are designed to help you with your donation request.​

  • As a non-profit organization, Ballet Austin can offer a limited number of tickets for donation per year. Thus, each eligible organization may submit a maximum of one donation request per calendar year in order to allow us to accommodate as many organizations as possible.
  • Donation requests will be considered for live and silent auctions only. Raffles and door prizes will not be considered. Ballet Austin donations may be grouped with other items in an auction to create a more valuable package.
  • All donation requests must be submitted online via this form by the following deadlines:​​
    • February 1, 2018 for all events scheduled July 2018 through December 2018
    • August 1, 2018 for all events scheduled January 2019 through June 2019
  • Upon receipt of your completed request form, Ballet Austin's Community Donations Review Committee will consider your request. You will receive notification within one month of the request deadline.
  • Donations may not be transferred or re-gifted from the receiving organization to any other organizations or individuals.
  • Donations must be returned to Ballet Austin if they are not sold in your auction.

If your organization is awarded a donation for your event, your agreement in accepting the donation is to:

  • Place the Ballet Austin logo on your event's webpage and in your printed program (if applicable)
  • Pick up the donation packet at Ballet Austin prior to the event
  • Assure the official voucher is given to the winner of the item
  • Provide Ballet Austin with the name and email address of the winner, as well as the winning bid amount and a listing of any items packaged with Ballet Austin's donation within one month of the event. Organizations will be considered for future donations only if they provide the information requested.

For more information email Community Education Associate, Kylie Phillips.

Ballet Austin’s Speakers Bureau

Ballet Austin’s Speakers Bureau offers organizations the opportunity to discover the various facets of Austin's largest arts organization.

Learn about the artistic process, the business of dance, and the educational workings of Ballet Austin as one of the largest classical ballet academies and school in the nation.

Our speakers and topics include but are not limited to:

  • Artistic Director Stephen Mills: discusses his role as creator and curator of Ballet Austin's productions and seasons, as well as the artistic process that occurs between dancer and choreographer to create new works.
  • Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, C.F.R.E.: gives an overview of Ballet Austin and its history since 1956, and discusses how we recruit and contract with our artists, composers, designers, choreographers, and how Ballet Austin fits into the national and international dance scenes.
  • Production Director Bill Sheffield—discusses the rigorous process of bringing a ballet to the stage from the initial conception of a work through the striking of the set. 
  • Community Education Director Pei-San Brown: discusses the training and life of a professional dancer, and the work that Ballet Austin does in the community, including teacher professional development, educational performances, and free community programming.
  • Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons: discusses a variety of topics related active life, nutrition, raising healthy children, and healthy aging. Her free BeWell Talks are highly requested and are available to businesses, organizations, and clubs upon request.

For more information, or to request a speaker for your organization, please email Executive Administrator Lital Yaacob.