The Carnival of the Animals

Since 2000, Build-a-Ballet has introduced thousands of elementary-aged students to the process of creating a work of art. Dancers from Ballet Austin’s exclusive Butler Fellowship program perform nine excerpts from The Carnival of the Animals with choreography by Ballet Austin's Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, and original music by Camille Saint Saëns.

Students participate in choreographing a movement phrase that is eventually incorporated into the ballet. We also discuss elements of choreography, including use of space, rhythm, timing, and partnering. This 50-minute program is presented at Ballet Austin or in schools.

Ballet Austin's Build-a-Ballet Program / The Carnival of the Animals

Upcoming 2015/16 Build-a-Ballet/The Carnival of the Animals programs and locations will be announced here in August 2015!

Ballet Austin's Build-a-Ballet Program / The Carnival of the Animals

Please contact us to schedule a show for your school in 2015/16. A minimum of 3 months is required for scheduling a performance.

Ticket Prices:

At Ballet Austin - $7 per person

Campus Shows – costs to be determined per campus depending on school location and number of shows required


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Ballet Austin's Build-a-Ballet Program / The Carnival of the Animals

Our school was thrilled to experience such a high caliber performance, incorporating so many educational components of dance and music.  This type of program helps students to begin embracing a lifelong love of the arts and opens their eyes to a world of possibilities.

     - Jill Dorn, “PTA Presents” Programs Chairperson

       Tuscany Heights Elementary, San Antonio




I am the music teacher at Trinity and I brought two first grade classes to the program. Both of the classroom teachers loved the program, loved seeing the dancers up close, loved the interaction with the students, and would like to come again next year. The program was the right length and the children were captivated. Way to go! Thanks Ballet Austin for a great program!!

      - Nancy Gibbs, Trinity Episcopal School of Austin

Ballet Austin's Build-a-Ballet




They loved it! And have commented about the ballet dancers enthusiastically as well - they were very impressed that boys can be dancers too. JJ really enjoyed the performance…his first comment when he walked in the door was that “boys are good ballerinas!”

     - Mary Ellen Galvan, St. Austin’s Catholic School








Ballet Austin's Build-a-Ballet The Carnival of the Animals micro-site


See photos and video excerpts from Build-a-Ballet, and learn more about the program's curriculum. Launch interactive micro-site.


Questions? Contact Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director, at or 512.476.9151 ext. 178.

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