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Ballet Austin Academy
Ballet Austin @ the J

Ballet Austin @ the J, a partnership between Shalom Austin and Ballet Austin, offers youth ballet classes at the Dell JCC.

This instructional dance program for children ages 15 months to 7 years old, provides a variety of classes for students in a positive, nurturing environment.

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Ballet Austin Creative Movement Group 2017

Summer 2024
June 24 – August 4, 2024

Classes for new and returning Academy students ages 15 months to 7 years are open for enrollment for the summer at the Dell JCC. Students are encouraged to enroll according to their age on June 1, 2024

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    Young Children’s Division

    Ages 2 months – 5 years

    This program introduces children to the joy of dance through imaginative stories, music and games, while providing developmentally focused movement experiences.

    Baby Developmental Movement (2 months to 15 months)
    Dance with Me
    (ages 15 months to 2 years)
    Next Steps (age 2)
    Creative Dance (ages 3 & 4)
    Creative Ballet (age 5)


    AGES 6-7

    This program is a prelude to formal ballet instruction and introduces children to music and movement through a structured progression that emphasizes creativity and group interaction.

    Pre-Ballet (ages 6-7 years)


    All classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Students are placed according to their age as of June 1, 2024.

    Baby Developmental Movement

    (Ages 2 months to 15 months)

    Baby Developmental Movement focuses on reflexive movement patterns babies develop in the first year of life. This is an excellent space to begin expanding tummy time so that babies can explore, reach for goals, and make new neuromuscular connections. Babies will enrich their development with sensory props, and parents and caregivers will be able to learn about their baby’s development in a safe, supportive community. 

    Dance With Me

    (Ages 15 months to 2 years)

    Dance With Me is a wonderful bonding and explorative experience for young dancers and their parents or caregiver. In this sensory-rich movement experience, dancers are engaged with stories, dance games, rhythm, and songs all the while learning how their bodies can move through space.

    Ballet Austin Creative Movement Group 2017

    Next Steps

    (Age 2)

    Next Steps is the perfect transition for young children who are becoming more independent. From the comfort and safety of parents or caregivers still participating in the fun, students continue learning in a sensory-rich movement experience with stories, dance games, rhythm and songs. As the year progresses, students are guided towards independence as they step away from the comfort of their caregiver. By the end of the year, we hope these dancers are ready to take on Creative Dance with confidence!

    Creative Dance

    (Ages 3 & 4)

    Creative Dance builds on the fundamentals introduced in Dance With Me and Next Steps. The syllabus is designed to gently introduce young dancers to a structured and safe classroom environment, while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Classes are narrative in nature as dancers are led through a series of movement stories and ballet-based activities that appeal to all. Social skills are also developed through collaborative and cooperative games. Over the course of each year, activities become more challenging as dancers gain confidence in their coordination and skills.

    Creative Ballet

    (Ages 5)

    Creative Ballet is a perfect balance of ballet basics and creative dance. Dancers are developing their technique, gaining body awareness, and refining basic skills, while still having imaginative and creative movement experiences. They are taking a more active role in their own learning, acquiring the tools to collaborate, choreograph, and exchange ideas with their peers. Dancers advance through Creative Ballet ready to step into the Pre-Ballet Division.


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    Pre-Ballet – The curriculum of the Pre-Ballet Division is designed to be a bridge between the content and feel of the Young Children’s Division and the more traditional classical ballet format of the Elementary Division. We introduce more ballet components as we progress from 6 to 7-year-old classes and gently prepare students for Level 1 when they begin the progressive syllabus of the Elementary Division.

    Academy Uniform Requirements

    The Academy uniform is an integral part of the Ballet Austin Academy experience. The uniform indicates they are in a special learning environment and allows the teacher to clearly see the student’s body, facilitating corrections on proper alignment and correct positions. For the safety of our students, we ask that a cover up be worn over ballet attire when traveling to and from the studios. It is imperative that students arrive dressed and ready for class, as the dressing rooms will not be available during this time.

    Ballet Austin @ the J

    Ballet Austin @ the J is a partnership between Shalom Austin and Ballet Austin that offers Ballet Austin’s youth ballet classes, dance workshops for adults, as well as Reformer Pilates at the Dell JCC. Dance classes and workshops are held in the Ballet Austin Dance Studio at the Dell JCC, and Reformer Pilates sessions are held in the new Ballet Austin Pilates Reformer STUDIO at the Dell JCC. JCC member rates are available.

    Siobhan O’Donnell

    Siobhan O’Donnell

    Ballet Austin Registrar

    Jessica O'Brien

    Jessica O'Brien

    Ballet Austin Academy Administrator