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Ballet Austin launches BA Live / Summer Session 2020; a training series offered in one-week segments

Train with the best this Summer!

Ballet Austin Artistic & Academy staff are coming to YOUR house!

Small class sizes are designed to ensure that our Ballet Austin Live sessions allow the teachers to see, speak with, and offer corrections to those in each class.

Students previously accepted into Ballet Austin’s 2020 Senior Summer Intensive program and current Ballet Austin Academy Intermediate or Advanced Division students are eligible to participate. Sign up as soon as possible to obtain a place in your preferred week or weeks. For questions about Summer Session 2020, please contact the Academy Registrar at 512.501.8703 for a registration form.

Program Overview

Endowed in part by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

Under the personal instruction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin and an outstanding faculty, learn what it takes to excel in your career through this classical yet innovative program. Summer Session 2020 is an experience that gives students a deeper understanding of ballet technique and how to use it more effectively. Our resident faculty, augmented by guest teachers from the ranks of Ballet Austin’s professional company, offers guidance, encouragement, and a relentless attention to detail.

BA Live / Summer Session 2020

Ballet Austin’s Summer Session 2020 offers five, one-week segments of study for dedicated students ages 11-22. With an emphasis on ballet technique, the Summer Session is specifically designed to guide serious dancers as they return to rigorous daily dance training. Our resident faculty provides the guidance and encouragement crucial to a successful and healthy transition to in-studio classes.

  • Week 1 // June 29 – July 3, 2020
  • Week 2 // July 6 – July 10, 2020
  • Week 3 // July 13 – July 17, 2020
  • Week 4 // July 20 – July 24, 2020
  • Week 5 // July 27 – July 31, 2020

Level 8 & 9

Mon-Thurs 10:15am-2:15pm
Friday 10:15am-1:45pm

Level 7

Mon-Thurs 2:30-6:30pm
Friday 2:30-6pm

Level 6

Mon-Thurs 9am-1pm
Friday 9am-12:30pm

Level 4 & 5

Mon-Thurs 1:30-5:15pm
Friday 1:30-4:45pm

Meet Your Instructors


Stephen Mills

Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director


Michelle Martin

Ballet Austin Associate Artistic Director


Christopher Swaim

Ballet Austin Rehearsal Director


Alexa Capareda

 Ballet Master-Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellows and Ballet Instructor


Jennifer Hart

Curriculum Director for Levels 1-5 and Ballet Instructor


Libby James

Ballet Instructor


Ian J. Bethany

 Company Dancer and Ballet Instructor


James Fuller

 Company Dancer and Ballet Instructor


Courtney Holland

Company Dancer and Ballet Instructor

Butler Fellowship Program

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

The Butler Fellowship Program serves as Ballet Austin’s trainee program. Butler Fellowship positions are fully endowed, allowing up to 15 outstanding dancers annually the opportunity to train at Ballet Austin tuition-free.  Currently, 30 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions are filled with graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.

The Butler Fellows are selected through an annual, nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. Designed for post-high school dancers, the Butler Fellowship Program features an innovative and personal approach to professional-track training. It is linked directly to the artistic “arc” of Ballet Austin, with all daily technique classes taught by Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin, and Rehearsal Director Christopher Swaim.

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Ballet Austin II

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. Currently, 80 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions are filled with Ballet Austin II graduates.

Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through an annual, nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They 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.

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VIDEO GALLERIES

See the Ballet Austin Advantage

Hear from Summer Intensive Participants

Preview the Summer Intensive Program

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