Ballet Austin Academy Placement Auditions for 2013/14 School Year

May 16, 2013

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Ballet Austin Academy Placement Auditions for 2013/14 School Year

Dreams Begin Here.


WHO:                     Ballet Austin Academy, where we nurture dreams, spark creativity and foster aspirations.

WHAT:                    Audition for Placement in Ballet Austin Academy’s 2013/14 School Year

WHEN:                   June 1, 2013 (Ages 8-12 – 2:00-3:30 pm; Ages 13 and Older – 3:30-5:00 pm)

WHERE:                 Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center

501 West 3rd Street

Austin, TX 78701

AGES:                    Children Ages 8 and Older with Previous Dance Experience


Austin, TX – May 15, 2013 – Placement auditions for Ballet Austin Academy’s 2013/14 school year will take place on June 1, 2013 for aspiring dancers ages 8 and older.


Among the largest professional ballet schools in the country, Ballet Austin Academy is the official school of Ballet Austin. The Academy’s structured, curriculum-based dance instruction begins with Creative Ballet (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 audition is required for dancers new to Ballet Austin. This year’s auditions will be held at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street, on June 1, 2013 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 Academy Director William Piner. “The Academy is an amazing place for aspiring dancers to grow and excel. Boys and girls 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. More than 150 Academy students are cast in The Nutcracker each year, filling The Long Center stage as mice, rats, angels, Mother Ginger’s bon-bons and more. This particular season will be quite special as we premiere new sets and costumes, currently being created in London, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. 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.

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 Ballet, 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 rigorous training of classical ballet technique begins. 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. From their 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.”


Butler Dance Education Center               Box Office: 512.476.2163
501 West Third Street                            Academy Office: 512.476.9151
Austin, Texas 78701                              General Info: 512.476.9151



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