Dance Classes | Shalom Austin


Dancers are made here.

The official ballet school of Ballet Austin is now offering classes right here at the JCC for children 18 months through 5 years old


Dance With Me

Ages 18 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 years

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.

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.

Siobhan O’Donnell

Siobhan O’Donnell

Ballet Austin Registrar