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Celebrate World Dance at Ballet Austin on May 4th!

International Dance Day was founded in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated worldwide every year on the 29th of April. The goal of the International Dance Day Message is to celebrate Dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language - Dance. 

Dance is a common language that unites us all on some level, and as we explore cultural dances, we discover a commonality between many cultures. The value of dance as a crucial form of cultural expression has been evident for centuries. Ballet Austin celebrates dance that is deeply rooted in culture and promotes the opportunity for the people of Austin to be able to identify with their culture through dance.

Ballet Austin will be celebrating world dance by offering a variety of classes through the Butler Community School. Authentic and fun! Come learn something new and dance around the world with us on International Dance Day!

WHEN: Sunday, May 4, 2014
WHERE: Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. 3rd St. (downtown Austin)
AGES: Age 10 through Adults
COST: All drop-in dance classes on International Dance Day will be offered at a special rate of $8 per class or take unlimited classes on May 4 for $20.


Special rates offered on International Dance Day: $8 per single class or $20 'Dance All Day' on Sunday, May 4. Sign up online ahead of time or arrive a few minutes early to sign up on May 4.

Classes will include Afro-Brazilian, American Jazz, Bollywood, Brazilian Samba, Hawaiian Dance, Hip Hop, Indian Folk Dance, Philippine Folk Dance: The Kuratsa and ITIK-ITIK, Latin Freestyle, Latin Salsa, and West African Dance & Drums.

Meet our International Dance Day instructors:

Aminya Houston
Lisa del Rosario
Alexa Capareda
Divya Dinakar
Jean Claude Lessou
Melissa Corpus
Prakash Mohandas
Rebekah Fowler
Vivian Kaw

Click here to view the May 4th International Dance Day class schedule online*

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Philippine Folk Dance: The Kuratsa - Watch a sample of the Kuratsa
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Zumba Latin and International Dance Fitness
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hawaiian Dance (Hula)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Elementary Hip Hop dance classes austin
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Bollywood Dance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Salsa!
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm American Jazz Dance
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Intermediate Hip Hop
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Brazilian Samba
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bollywood Dance
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Latin Freestyle Dance
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm West African Dance & Drums
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Indian Folk Dance
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Philippine Folk Dance: ITIK ITIK - watch a sample of the ITIK ITIK
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm West African Dance & Drums
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Salsa!

*Note: Classes may fill and will close if they reach capacity so it is recommended that you sign up in advance. Regular class series purchases do not apply on Interntaional Dance Day.

The Butler Community School offers classes year-round. For more information about classes, workshops, camps, and the Pilates Center CLICK HERE.

Proceeds benefit the mission of Ballet Austin's Butler Community School which celebrates diversity and engages, educates, and empowers people of all skill levels, ages, and economic and cultural backgrounds to adopt healthy lifestyles through dance and regular physical activity. Ballet Austin's Butler Community School is located at 501 W. 3rd St. in downtown Austin.

PARKING around Ballet Austin on May 4:

  • There are 23 FREE parking spaces surrounding Ballet Austin's Butler Dance Education Center. These spaces are accessed on a first-come first-served basis for those taking a class.
  • FREE PARKING AT CITY HALL BEFORE 5:00 PM: City Hall Parking garage (2 blocks from Ballet Austin) is completely FREE on May 4, without validation.
    • Access the City Hall garage from Cesar Chavez Street, turn north on Lavaca Street and an immediate left turn into the underground garage on the east side of City Hall. 
  • Additional nearby lots, parking garages and street parking is available at a cost.

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