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Welcome to a new season of live dance performances!


The power and beauty of ballet was never more clear than when it unexpectedly went away. We embark upon this new season invigorated, with joy in our hearts and unbridled excitement to share this invaluable and incomparable artform.

This season I am excited to present a fantastic collection of productions. Through timeless classics, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, we enjoy the mesmerizing stories that foster unparalleled performances worth revisiting year after year, decade after decade. With a new take on agency through a shifted perspective, The Taming of the Shrew explores the inspiration of William Shakespeare’s riotous reflection.

In Sarah’s Songs, we celebrate Austin’s own Sarah and Ernest Butler and their love for the arts with a trio of versatile works: George Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpiece Serenade, Jessica Lang’s contemporary Garden Blue, and the world premiere of my newest piece.

Returning to Austin after ten years, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project follows the inspiring and profoundly impactful story of survivor Naomi Warren. Join us as we follow Naomi’s path and witness her courage, resistance, and resilience.

I hope this season, and the selection of stories we will tell, brings you much happiness and fulfillment. The dancers and I look forward to sharing this remarkable season.

Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director



The ultimate battle of the sexes is back by popular demand! Artistic Director Stephen Mills reimagines William Shakespeare’s popular tale of “marital mismatch” with modern energy and classic humor. Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mills’ light-hearted retelling of this saucy Elizabethan love story boasts dynamic choreography, striking sets, lavish costumes, and unforgettable characters. 

CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills

MUSIC | Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, & Vincenzo Tommasini

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra


In 1962, Ballet Austin became the first ballet company in Texas to produce The Nutcracker… 60 years later Ballet Austin continues to build magical memories with generations of families sharing this enduring holiday production. 

From the glittering beauty of the sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker has become Austin’s favorite holiday tradition! Join us as we bring the magic of this Diamond Anniversary to life through Stephen Mills’ original choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, with live accompaniment. 

CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills

MUSIC | Pyotr Tchaikovsky

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra


The start of spring brings together a luxurious trio of works. From the beauty of Balanchine’s iconic neoclassical Serenade, bathed in soft blue… to the dynamic energy and vivid colors of Jessica Lang’s contemporary Garden Blue, exploring movement, form, and color and featuring the on-stage work of visual artist Sarah Crowner… to a World Premiere by Stephen Mills dedicated to Sarah and Dr. Ernest Butler in celebration of their love of the arts. This collection of works is truly a dance lover’s treat…

CHOREOGRAPHY | George Balanchine, Jessica Lang, WORLD PREMEIRE Stephen Mills

MUSIC | Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra

VISUAL ART (Garden Blue) | Sarah Crowner


In our darkest times, it is hope that pushes us forward. Light tells the horrific and profound story of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren, a survivor of three Nazi-era death camps. Naomi’s life during this period of history was harrowing and filled with loss. In Light, we follow her path from a beautiful family with a rich culture and traditions, to utter dehumanization… and all along the way; we feel Naomi’s courage, resistance, and resilience. 

As a dance, the story of Light is told from a present-day perspective. The music is composed of works by contemporary writers. The decor and dress is of today, and spare. The story of “never again” is a warning of which we must always be mindful and diligent concerning the protection of human rights against bigotry and hatred. 

On the other side of catastrophe is hope. 

     Stephen Mills, Artistic Director, Ballet Austin

CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills

MUSIC | Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass


This enduring rags-to-princess story offers the promise of “happily ever after.” Stephen Mills brings this treasured fairy tale of perseverance and love to life, with a compiled score from Alexander Glazunov and live accompaniment. Add a dose of humor to the majesty of classical ballet, and Cinderella becomes the perfect way to close Ballet Austin’s 2022/23 Season with four performances on Mother’s Day weekend. 

CHOREOGRAPHY | Stephen Mills

MUSIC | Alexander Glazunov

LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT | Austin Symphony Orchestra


Your support brings the joy of dance to our community through performances, community access, and educational programs. Every gift makes a difference and comes with exclusive donor benefits.

Donor Benefits

In appreciation of your gift, you will receive a comprehensive collection of carefully selected benefits designed to bring you closer to the art form and provide “VIP behind-the-scenes” access to the works we bring to the stage.


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Season Ticket Package Options



Save 20% and enjoy total flexibility when you become a season ticket holder! You’ll also receive 20% off any additional tickets you purchase (including our most popular productions), receive special offers before the general public, and get free ticket exchanges. 

Same seat renewals are only available when you purchase 4 and 5 seat packages for Ballet Austin productions at the Long Center.


Season Ticket Payment Plan Info

Ballet Austin offers payment plans allowing you to purchase your 2022/23 season tickets in up to four (4) installments. To set up a payment plan, please contact Ticketing Services weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. CT via email at or by phone at 512.476.2163.  

2022/23 Season Ticket Payment Plan Deadlines

  • 4 months: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
  • 3 months: Friday, May 27, 2022
  • 2 months: Monday, June 27, 2022

Season Ticket Holder Benefits

Purchase Ballet Austin season tickets and enjoy these EXCLUSIVE benefits:
  •  Complete Flexibility: Come when you want. Sit where you want. Spend what you want.
  •  Save 20 PERCENT on ALL tickets you buy, including the purchase of up to eight (8) extra tickets to every production.
  •  Receive special ticket offers before the general public.
  •  Exchange purchased tickets for different performance dates or different productions with no exchange fee(s)*.
  •  Have tickets replaced or reprinted any time at no cost.
  •  Return tickets you can’t use and receive credit for a tax-deductible donation.

*A $10 exchange fee will be charged per order for ticket exchanges by non-season ticket holders. 

Redeeming Ballet Austin Credits/Gift Certificates

Gift Certificate(s) from the canceled 2020 Ballet Austin performances have been consolidated into Ballet Austin Credits that are saved to your personal account and will never expire.

These credits are easy to redeem at checkout by logging into your account when purchasing tickets online or by giving us a call.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on your redeeming your Ballet Austin credits online.

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