Registration for Ballet Austin Academy is open for the 2012/13 school year. Classes begin August 27, 2012, for aspiring dancers ages 3 and older.
Among the largest professional ballet schools in the country, Ballet Austin Academy is the official ballet school of Ballet Austin. Its structured, curriculum-based dance instruction begins with Creative Movement (ages 3-5) and Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7), designed for children with no previous dance experience.
Students ages 8 and older who are ready for formal training in traditional classical ballet are placed in the Academy’s Lower and Upper Schools. A placement class is required for these dancers new to Ballet Austin. This year’s placement class will be held at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street, on August 18, 2012 at the following times:
Ages 8-12 | 2-3:30pm
Ages 13 and older | 3:30-5pm
Note: Please arrive 30 minutes early for check-in
“One of Ballet Austin’s core values is to teach the next generation of artists and at Ballet Austin Academy that’s exactly what we do,” explains Ballet Austin Director of Schools William Piner. “The Academy is an amazing place for aspiring dancers to grow and excel. Students can begin as young as 3 years of age and can continue through our trainee program, which attracts students from all over the world. Our Academy students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in a nurturing, diverse, and professional environment rivaling any in the nation.”
Ballet Austin Academy students in Levels 1-8 have the opportunity to be cast in Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary season. More than 150 Academy students are cast in The Nutcracker exclusively each year, filling The Long Center stage as mice, rats, angels, Mother Ginger’s Bon-bons and more. Additionally, Upper School students may be selected by the artistic staff to perform with Ballet Austin or Ballet Austin II in other full-length productions throughout the year.
For more information about Level 1 and above classes, or to enroll your child in Creative Movement or Pre-Ballet, please visit Ballet Austin Academy‘s website for schedules and details, including new student registration forms: www.balletaustin.org/academy
About Ballet Austin Academy
Founded in 1956 by Barbara Carson, Ballet Austin Academy is the official ballet school of Ballet Austin and is committed to providing the highest quality dance instruction to its students. Currently, the Academy has more than 800 students, making it one of the largest ballet schools in the United States.
The Academy is divided into five areas of study: Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, the Lower School, the Upper School and the Trainee Program. Each area has, at its core, a codified syllabus designed to facilitate the maximum physical, mental and emotional development appropriate to the age and physical ability of each student. Once a student enters the Lower School, the strenuous training of ballet technique starts. While the benefits of this training are all inclusive, the Academy's focus is to provide what is necessary for a professional career in dance.
About Ballet Austin
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. Fromtheir home at the Butler Dance Education Center & Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and artistic director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”
501 West 3rd Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Ballet Austin Academy: 512.476.9051
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