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Ballet Austin II

Endowed by Sarah & Ernst Butler though the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, Ballet Austin II was established in 1999, and serves as Ballet Austin's apprentice program and second company. The 8 apprentices, ranging in age from 18-23, are employed for 34 weeks. They perform with the main company in larger productions and present a minimum of three independent projects per year in residence at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater. Additional projects have taken Ballet Austin II to Houston, Dallas and Orange County, as well as smaller venues across Central Texas. Choreographers represented in the Ballet Austin II repertoire include Stephen Mills, Jennifer Hart, Thang Dao, Thaddeus Davis, Nick Kepley, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Nelly van Bommel.

Apprentices are contracted with Ballet Austin II for up to two years during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling and job placement assistance. Each spring Ballet Austin brings artistic directors from across the nation to observe and audition Ballet Austin II dancers in class and rehearsal. Ballet Austin II members take company class, augmented by their own classes and rehearsals conducted by Ballet Austin's artistic staff. Apprentices are paid a weekly salary and Ballet Austin provides rehearsal/performance shoes. A network of healthcare providers offers free care to Ballet Austin II members.

Ballet Austin II apprentices are recruited through Ballet Austin's Summer Intensive Program and the year-round Trainee Program. 70% of the main company’s current roster are graduates of Ballet Austin II. Additionally, former Ballet Austin II dancers have joined the ranks of both ballet and modern dance companies, including Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Washington Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Kim Robards Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Wideman/Davis Dance and Thang Dao Dance, and Oklahoma City Ballet. Through a partnership with St. Edward’s University, Ballet Austin II members are eligible to receive 24 college credit hours for their second company experience.

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Bailey Anglin Kristen Patrick
Alexis Caruso Rosie Grady Sayvetz
Rachael Hanlon Rayleigh Vendt
Brian Heil Elizabeth Webb

Bailey Anglin

Originally from Shreveport, La., Bailey Anglin began her training at Carol Anglin Dancenter where she was a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre. She furthered her education by studying at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Anglin accepted a traineeship with the Richmond Ballet. She has attended numerous summer intensives including Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Austin.

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Alexis Caruso

Alexis Caruso was born in Chicago, Ill. She began her pre-professional training at The Academy of Dance Arts under the tutelage of Sherry Moray, and performed many leading roles in works such as La Boutique Fantasque, Slovanic Fantasy, Marche Millitaire, Once Upon a Dream and Sleeping Beauty. In 2003 at age 11, Caruso began competing at Youth America Grand Prix and received several medals including the prestigious Hope Award. She has attended summer intensives at The Rock School and was a trainee with Joffrey Ballet where she performed lead roles in Alexei Kremnev's Bay Breeze and White Russian.

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Rachael Hanlon

A native of Ohio, Rachael Hanlon grew up training at Cincinnati Ballet Academy and holds her BFA from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. While dancing with Milwaukee Ballet II, she performed in Michael Pink's productions of La Boheme, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Last season, she joined BalletMet Columbus as Guest Artist with Director Edwaard Liang and enjoyed dancing roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, James Kudelka's The Four Seasons and Alice #2 in Alice in Wonderland. She is thrilled to be joining Ballet Austin II and remains continuously grateful to all of her teachers and family for their love and encouragement.

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Brian Heil

Brian Heil was born in San Diego, Calif., and received his training at the San Diego Academy of Ballet under Max and Sylvia Tchernychev. In May 2014, he graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he had been training under John Meehan. Some of Heil's favorite roles include Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Edwaard Liang's Whispers in the Dark.

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Kristen Patrick

Originally from Danbury, Conn., Kristen Patrick began her professional ballet training at New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11 and was later accepted into the Miami City Ballet School. She attended the Harid Conservatory for four years, training under Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina and Svetlana Osiyeva and received the Fred Lieberman Award of Excellence. In 2012, Patrick was accepted into the trainee program at Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago. With the Joffrey Ballet, she danced alongside the main company in productions such as Stanton Welch's La Bayadère, Gerald Arpino's The Nutcracker and Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet.

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Rosie Grady Sayvetz

Originally from Ithaca, N.Y., Rosie Grady Sayvetz began her training at the Ithaca Ballet under Artistic Director Cindy Reid. She danced with the Ithaca Ballet Company from 2005-2011 and later went on to graduate from the Ballet Austin Butler Fellowship Program in 2013. With Ballet Austin II, Sayvetz's roles have included Snowflakes, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish and French Corps in The Nutcracker; Willis in Giselle; Duck in Peter and the Wolf; and a soloist in Christopher Swaim's Interpreting Bliss.


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Rayleigh Vendt

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rayleigh Vendt began her pre-professional training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. She is the recipient of multiple international medals from competitions such as the Youth American Grand Prix and the American Ballet Competition. In 2012, Vendt joined Cincinnati Ballet as a trainee and enjoyed roles in Septime Webre's Alice (in Wonderland) and Victoria Morgan's The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Since joining Ballet Austin II, she has performed roles in Ballet Austin's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.


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Elizabeth Webb

Elizabeth Webb is originally from Troy, Mich., and received her training from The Link School of the Arts and the Miami City Ballet School. Before joining Ballet Austin II, Webb was a trainee and apprentice dancer with Charlotte Ballet.


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