Category Archives: In the News

Press Feature: Art of Nurturing New Choreographers (CultureMap Houston)

Photo by Tony Speilberg

A huge thanks to Nancy Wozny for highlighting our Artistic Director Stephen Mills in CultureMap Houston’s “The art of nurturing new choreographers: It’s not sexy, but it’s the only way to move.” The article quotes Stephen:

“My belief is that art in the 21st century centers around illuminating the world in which we live. Simply linking existing steps together is not rigorous enough to accomplish that task. In selecting choreographers, our team seeks to identify those people who are working to create new movement vocabularies; we look for artists who challenge dance structure as we understand it today.”

Ballet Austin’s New American Talent/Dance competition is Feb 17-19. It’s a great way to catch new works from three of the nation’s best up-and-coming choreographers and help choose the winner yourself.

For the full article, visit CultureMap Houston.


Press Feature: Austin Arts Groups Feel Strains of Growth (Austin American-Statesman)

There’s more behind a great performance than well-worn pointe shoes. Arts organizations need what every other organization needs to thrive: money. And that money doesn’t pour in effortlessly. That’s the topic that Austin American-Statesman Arts Critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin focused on last week in her article “Austin arts groups feel strains of growth.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article referencing Ballet Austin and our Executive Director Cookie Ruiz:

“Both Ballet Austin and Zach Theatre report solid economics with no debts. [Cookie] Ruiz said the ballet’s board began planning for an economic downtown before the 2008 stock market crash and made cuts, while adding a $100,000 contingency surplus into the budget. And the company clearly has something Austin wants to buy: The ballet saw its highest-grossing season, with 42,257 paid attendees and nearly $2 million in ticket sales, this past year.”

Thanks to Jeanne Claire for the mention. For the entire article, visit

2010/11 Austin Critics’ Table Award

Ballet Austin is honored to have received TEN nominations for the Austin Critics’ Table Award, for both company productions and company artists.

Paul Michael Bloodgood, Aara Krumpe, Michelle Martin, Christopher Swaim and Jamie Lynn Witts all received recognition for their performances during the Ballet Austin 2010/11 Season.

Ballet Austin also received nominations for Kai, La Sylphide and Studio Theater Project. To read more about the Austin Critics’ Table Award Nominations and to see the full list of nominees and categories, please click here.

Stephen Mills to introduce Black Swan at Austin Premiere

On Wednesday, October 27, the Austin Film Festival will play host to the Austin premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s ballet-centered thriller, Black Swan. Here’s how the festival describes the film:

“Visionary director Aronofsky, takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.”

Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills will introduce the most talked about film of the festival in front of what is sure to be a packed house. There is already Oscar buzz around this film, so it’s certainly a must-see if you can secure yourself a ticket or an Austin Film Festival pass.

You can find more info about the film and the festival on the Austin Film Festival’s site.

Statesman: Designer Carolina Herrera donates $10,000 gown to Ballet Austin’s Fête10 auction

Austin American-Statesman – The Goods
By Marques Harper | Sunday, August 29, 2010, 08:52 PM

We can report this, fashionistas: Here’s a black and silver embroidered lace strapless evening gown from the pre-fall 2010 collection from designer Carolina Herrera.

And guess what? The gown, which is valued at $10,000, can be yours.

The gown will be part of the auction at the Austin Ballet’s Fete10 presented by the W Hotel on Sept. 10, the same day as the national Fashion’s Night Out.

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The Red Shoes at Alamo Drafthouse

The Red Shoes is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films, and the legendary director recently sponsored a full restoration of this Oscar-winning cinema classic. We’ve teamed up with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a special screening—the first public showing of the restored film—at the Alamo South Lamar this Thursday, August 5 at 7 pm. The event is complete with a four-course themed meal with wine pairings presented by Executive chef Trish Eichelberger and an after-party at the always entertaining Highball. And best of all, all proceeds benefit Ballet Austin!

Tickets are $75. Click here to purchase and for more info.