Ballet Austin II

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 apprentices 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 touring and educational programs across the state. To date, 86 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 40 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 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 70 percent of Ballet Austin's main company positions are 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

Abby Chen

Butler Fellow 2014-2015
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2015
Born and raised in San Francisco, Calif., Abby started her training at the San Francisco Ballet School under the artistic direction of Helgi Tomasson. She continued her studies, with merit scholarship, at City Ballet School - San Francisco with Galina Alexandrova. There Abby performed many leading roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Myrtha in Giselle, as well as a featured role in Yuri Zhukov's With Time We Go. Abby spent a year in the Butler Fellowship program before being promoted to Ballet Austin II. Since joining Ballet Austin, she has enjoyed roles in Stephen Mills' The Nutcracker, danced the lead couple in Raymonda Pas de Dix, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, and a soloist role in Jennifer Hart's Strange Toys. 

Nicole Del Bene

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2015
Nicole Del Bene is originally from Stormville, N.Y. She began her early training at Pinewood School of Dance. In May 2015, Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving her BFA in Dance-Ballet Concentration from SUNY Purchase.  As a scholarship student, Nicole danced works by George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan, Jessica Lang and premiered works by Claire Porter and Taryn Kashock Russell. In fall of 2013, Nicole attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Ou Lu, Stella Lau and Zhao Min Hua. She has also studied dance at Vassar College under the guidance of John Meehan and Steve Rooks. Since joining Ballet Austin II, Nicole has had the privilege of performing the Evil Queen in Nelly van Bommel’s Snow White and Elizabeth Proctor in Nick Kepley’s Season of Innocence. She is an original cast member of Jennifer Hart’s Spaces and performed in works by George Balanchine and Stephen Mills.

Katherine Deuitch

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2016
Katherine is from St. Paul, Minn., where she began her pre-professional training at Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. She became an apprentice with Minnesota Dance Theatre in 2013 where she danced in works by Loyce Houlton, among others, and originated roles by Emery LeCrone and Lise Houlton. In 2014, she moved to New York City where she was invited to train at the School of American Ballet (SAB). While at SAB, she participated in multiple Choreographic Institutes where she both choreographed and danced original roles by Dana Genshaft and Peter Walker. She has also appeared in SAB’s annual Workshop performance in Jerome Robbins' Fanfare as well as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Katherine has attended summer programs at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, the Juilliard School, Boston Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Katherine graduated high school from the Professional Performing Arts School. 

Constance Doyle

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2015
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Constance trained until age 17 under Gigi Hyatt and Janusz Mazon. At 17 she was invited to study year-round at the School of American Ballet (SAB) where she trained for two years with Kay Mazzo, Susan Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Darci Kistler, and Peter Martins. While at SAB, Constance was thrilled to perform George Balanchine's Serenade, Western Symphony and Valse Fantaisie during the school's workshop performances, featured in a 2015 PBS Live from Lincoln Center national broadcast. She was repeatedly invited to dance in the annual New York Choreographic Institute and to participate as both dancer and choreographer in SAB's Student Choreographic Workshop. She has enjoyed every challenge and performance opportunity at Ballet Austin during the past year, but was especially thrilled to perform the principal couple in Stephen Mill's Touch at the Ballet Austin II showcase. She is thankful to her parents, whose love and sacrifices made her career possible, and she dances to glorify God and magnify His beauty.

Hailey Dupont

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2016
Originally from Lafayette, La., Hailey began her ballet training at The Ballet Studio and later Lafayette Ballet Theatre. She has attended the summer programs of American Ballet Theatre (NYC), Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, The School of American Ballet (SAB) and Ballet Austin. At 15, Hailey was awarded full scholarship to study year round at SAB where she then trained for three years. While at SAB, she performed in the Student's Annual Workshop performances. She had the pleasure of performing Dance of the Little Swans in George Balanchine's Swan Lake, Danses Concertantes, The Four Temperaments and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare. She also participated in SAB's Student Choreographic Workshop and was selected to participate in lecture demonstration programs for New York public schools. Hailey is thrilled to join Ballet Austin II this season and would like to thank her parents for their continued support. 

Matthew Gattozzi

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2016
Hailing from Boston, Mass., Matthew started dancing through Boston Ballet’s outreach program, Citydance. He trained with the Boston Ballet School as the Harry Wilcott scholar for many years. Upon graduation of Boston Ballet School, he became a professional division student with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. After two years in Seattle, Matthew is very excited to start in the second company here in Austin. Outside of ballet, he is the creator of, which is a blog and portfolio for his work as a visual artist. He would like to thank Gino Dimarco, his first ballet teacher, and Christopher Hird, who taught him for seven years in Boston and is still a great mentor. He would also like to thank his family for all their support over the years. He is a disciple of Christ and is trying to glorify God through all that he does.

Jake Howard

Butler Fellow 2013-14, 2014-15
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2016 
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Jake Howard trained in the Ballet Austin Academy for three years before being invited to join the Butler Fellowship Program. He received his early dance training from Linda Jenkins, Laurie Byrd and Carlos Miller at the Florida Ballet Conservatory and also attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major. Past summer programs include Orlando Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Austin. During his first season as a Butler Fellow, he enjoyed performing roles in Stephen Mills' The Firebird, The Nutcracker, and Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast, as well as Jennifer Hart's Strange Toys and Nick Kepley's Greater Mass.

Paul Martin

Joined Ballet Austin II in 2015
Paul Martin began his ballet and dance training in West Des Moines, Iowa, under the tutelage of Hank and Beth Adams. With their guidance, Paul was able to earn scholarships to notable summer intensive programs to include the Kansas City Ballet School, Nutmeg Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet School and Ballet Austin. In 2014, Paul received a scholarship to study full time at the Kansas City Ballet School. This program enabled him to advance his training and culminated in a performance opportunity with Kansas City Ballet II. Since joining Ballet Austin II in 2015, he has been able to perform lead roles as The Judge in Nick Kepley’s Season of Innocence and The Prince in Nelly Van Bommel’s Snow White. Additionally, he has performed in Jennifer Hart’s Spaces and in Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker and Touch. Paul has found artistic joy and growth working with Ballet Austin and looks forward to the second year of his apprenticeship.

Madeline Mass

Butler Fellow 2013-14, 2014-15
Joined Ballet Austin II in 2016
Originally from the Chicago area, Madeline began her training at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet under direction of Judith Svalander, Julie Hirsch and Greg Begley. While there, she had the opportunity to perform leading roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Cinderella. Before joining Ballet Austin II, she was a part of the Butler Fellowship Program in 2014 and 2015. Mass also attended summer intensives with Ballet Austin and was a competitor in the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix.