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Jan. 25, 2021

Hello! I hope the new year finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

The last several months have been challenging for our community. Many of our neighbors have experienced the unexpected loss of income, jobs, housing, and even family members as we continue to battle this devastating public health crisis.

During this time, you and other members of our community made it possible for Ballet Austin to continue modestly paying its dancers, teaching artists, and staff through the generosity of financial gifts, including the decision to convert tickets purchased for canceled performances into donations to Ballet Austin.

From the beginning of the pandemic, we hoped we’d be back in the theater performing live sometime in early 2021. With current infection rates and the City of Austin’s return to Stage 5 restrictions, we must be even more cautious about exposing our artists and employees to the coronavirus and its more contagious variants. The present challenges in vaccine mass production and distribution mean it could be months before we can safely welcome you back to live performances at the Long Center and AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin.

With this reality, it may come as no surprise that our executive team has decided to suspend live performances through the remainder of our 2020/21 season, which would have concluded this Mother’s Day weekend.

If you have tickets to Ballet Austin performances originally scheduled for February, March, or May 2021, please contact our Audience Services team at for information on how to reclaim the value of your tickets and invest those funds in shows coming up in our 2021/22 season, which I’ll be unveiling later this spring.

We can’t fully know the hardships you and your loved ones have faced since this all began, and while there is light at the end of the tunnel, we have a ways to go before we can safely move forward. As Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  So let’s all keep going!

Thank you, again, for your dedication and support as part of our audience and community.

YOU are the reason we’re here.

Warm regards,

Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director

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