About the Program

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin's apprentice program and second company. 

The Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They have the opportunity to perform with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of performances in Austin and on tour across the state. To date, 109 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 42 companies across the nation, including Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Nevada Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, Nai-Ni Chen, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Spectrum/Donald Byrd, Wideman/Davis Dance, Alabama Ballet, Thang Dao Dance, Northwest Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago, and Louisville Ballet.

Dancers range in age from 18-23 and are employed for a 32-week season. Apprentices are contracted with Ballet Austin II for up to two years, during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling and job placement assistance. Each spring Ballet Austin brings artistic directors from across the nation to observe and audition Ballet Austin II dancers in class and rehearsal. Ballet Austin II members take company class, augmented by their own classes and rehearsals conducted by Ballet Austin's artistic staff.

Ballet Austin provides rehearsal/performance shoes, onsite physical therapy, and offers participation in their group health insurance plan.

Nearly 75 percent of Ballet Austin's main company positions have been filled with Ballet Austin II graduates. Through a partnership with St. Edward's University, Ballet Austin II members are eligible to receive 24 college credit hours for their second company experience.


Ballet Austin II apprentices are recruited through Ballet Austin's Summer Intensive Program and the year-round Butler Fellowship Program. Auditions for the summer intensive are held each winter/spring. Students age 18 and older can also be considered for acceptance into the summer intensive by attending a Company Audition.

For more information about Ballet Austin II, email Eugene Alvarez or call 512.476.9151.

Ballet Austin II Dancers