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The World Comes to Ballet Austin
By Vicki Parsons, Managing Director of Schools

Summer begins for me as soon as The Nutcracker is over. While January is definitely too soon to think about swim suits and vacations, ballet students all over the world begin to audition for summer programs. It is the first week in January when Director of Schools Bill Piner and Principal Lynne Short head out to 28 different cities to audition students for Ballet Austin’s Summer Intensive.

My favorite part of this exciting time is being able to call the 578 students who were accepted from these auditions and await their letter in the mail. To be able to share this good news with them in a personal conversation over the phone, and hear their thrill, relief, appreciation, and even surprise, is definitely a perk in my job. From Carlsbad, California to Holyoke, Maine; from Bigfork, Montana to New York City, New York; from cities scattered across the 50 states, the good news is still the same; great news. And so they come.

To date we have students enrolled in Ballet Austin’s Summer Intensive from 34 different states, as well as Mexico and Canada. Many have never been away from home, some only know their home studios, but one thing each will have in common when they get off the plane in Austin, is their love of dance. While the world of dance may come to Ballet Austin for only a few weeks in the summer, each student takes Ballet Austin back to their corner of the world forever.

For more information on Ballet Austin Academy's Summer Intensive 2009, click here.

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