Ballet Austin Academy

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

The Butler Dance Education Center

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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.

Pre-Ballet Student

The Academy is divided into 4 areas of study; Creative Ballet, Pre-Ballet, the Lower School and the Upper School. 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.


Lower School StudentThroughout the year, students may be selected by the artistic staff to perform with Ballet Austin or Ballet Austin II in full-length productions. Only Academy students are eligible to audition for roles in these productions, including Ballet Austin's annual production of The Nutcracker. Over 150 Academy students augment Ballet Austin's 20 Professional dancers and 10 apprentices in this main stage production.

Trainee Program

The Ballet Austin Academy has as its mission the provision of quality dance education with the word "education" viewed in its broadest sense.   Students develop skills associated with academic success including self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to concentrate and collaborate. Our students recognize the importance of process and quality of work at the same time setting high standards for themselves in all areas.


William Piner, Academy Director
512.501.8704 ext. 123

Eve Anderson, Academy Registrar

Ballet Austin Academy Staff and Faculty

Ballet Austin Academy
501 W. 3rd.
Austin, TX 78701
512.501.8703 or 512.501.8704

Ballet Austin's Butler Community School and Pilates Center
501 W. 3rd.
Austin, TX 78701

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