Ballet Austin – Long Center Founding Resident Company


There’s ballet, And then there’s Ballet Austin.

As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin takes its “classically innovative” approach to dance that reshapes the relationship between artist and audience. In the heart of downtown Austin at the Butler Dance Education Center, Ballet Austin builds on a rich history spanning 56 years as a growing source for classical ballet training, community education, lifelong health and well-being, and nationally acclaimed original productions.

Ballet Austin performs at the Long Center throughout the year.

About Ballet Austin

Under Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin is proclaimed by The New York Times as “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.” The Washington Post deems Ballet Austin “one of the nation’s best kept ballet secrets.” Mills works closely with 22 full-time professional dancers, recruited from an annual 30-city U.S. audition tour. Ballet Austin is among the twenty largest classical ballet companies in the country and also operates the largest combined training facility associated with a professional ballet company in the United States.

Ballet Austin’s in-school and community engagement programs reach 31 Central Texas school districts, the clients of over 200 social service non-profits and over 57,000 Central Texas children and families each year.

Ballet Austin tours internationally including performances in France, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus, and Canada. Within the US, the company has performed at the Joyce Theatre in New York City, and as well as multiple invitations to the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Ballet Austin’s repertoire includes works by Ulysses Dove, Nicolo Fonte, Dwight Rhoden, David Parsons, David Nixon, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and innovative collaborations such as Cult of Color: Call to Color with visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock and composer Graham Reynolds.

The Butler Dance Education Center
(512) 476-2163
501 West 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Ballet Austin Schools

The Ballet Austin Academy serves nearly 1,000 students each year, making it one of the country’s largest classical ballet training programs.

Ballet Austin II, Ballet Austin’s apprentice company, includes up to ten emerging artists from across the nation. Established in 1999 by Ballet Austin Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin, Ballet Austin II regularly commissions and tours work from some of the nation’s most compelling young choreographers.

Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School (BCS) serves nearly 4,000 people of all ages and skill levels with year-round dance classes in a wide variety of dance styles that include culturally specific dance. The BCS is also home to comprehensive fitness program and the facilities include one of Austin’s top-ranked Pilates Centers with a staff of certified instructors.

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