Butler Fellowship Program

About the Program

Endowed by Sarah and Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation

The Butler Fellowship Program offers 15 fully underwritten scholarships to outstanding dancers and features an innovative and personal approach to a traditional, professional-track training. Butler Fellows are selected through Ballet Austin's Senior Summer Intensive, following a nationwide audition, and participate in up to 17 hours of classes per week. They rehearse and perform with the main company and Ballet Austin II in main stage, touring and educational performances.

Under the guidance of experienced faculty, they receive instruction in ballet technique, variations, partnering, men’s technique, modern, jazz, Pilates, body conditioning, and repertoire. Integral to the Butler Fellowship Program is Ballet Austin's mentoring initiative, which establishes a foundation of support and resources for the transition from student to professional. 

Second-year Butler Fellows also participate in the Academy's pedagogy program (teacher training) or in internships with Ballet Austin's education, marketing, production, and administration departments. Many graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program have been promoted to Ballet Austin II or accepted contracts with other professional companies. Currently, 30 percent of Ballet Austin's main company dancers are graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.

Through a partnership with St. Edward's University, Butler Fellows are eligible to receive up to 24 college credit hours for their Ballet Austin training. 


The Butler Fellows are recruited through the Ballet Austin Academy, Ballet Austin's Senior Summer Intensive, and through Ballet Austin's partnership with Walnut Hill School for the Arts. For consideration, dancers must attend a minimum of one, three-week Summer Intensive session. Auditions for the Summer Intensive are held each winter/spring. Students age 18 and older can also be considered for acceptance into the Summer Intensive by attending a Company Audition.

For more information about the Butler Fellowship Program, email Eugene Alvarez or call 512.476.9151.

Butler Fellowship Program Dancers

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