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Ballet Austin

As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades of acclaimed productions and one of the nation’s largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their new home at the Butler Dance Education Center and Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and artistic director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike.

Ballet Austin Projects

Cult of Color: Call to Color
Cult of Color: Call to Color

Cult of Color: Call to Color is a world premiere dance work developed through an exciting collaboration featuring the work of Houston-based contemporary visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, new music by nationally acclaimed composer Graham Reynolds, and original choreography by Ballet Austin Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills. The extraordinary production brings Hancock’s mythology to life in […]


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Curriculum Kit for Educators
Curriculum Kit for Educators

This project is an interactive professional development tool for educators. Linked to a presentation about Ballet Austin’s multi-disciplinary program, The Monologue Project, the professional development component essentially functions as an online, interactive, media-rich version of the current paper-based Curriculum Kit. The Kit includes lesson plans and activities that use visual arts, movement, and drama to […]


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Education Section for Ballet Austin App
Education Section for Ballet Austin App

This project grant helped support the pilot of a new educational section for Ballet Austin’s free mobile app. During educational programs such as lectures and workshops, patrons are able to utilize this section of the app to access related media such as historical images and production-related photos and renderings. These graphic assets are also shareable […]


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Educational Programs Pachyderms
Educational Programs Pachyderms

  Ballet Austin worked on the development of two new Pachyderm presentations in order to better illustrate two specific educational programs, Leaps and No Bounds and Build-a-Ballet. Each incorporates images and video clips of the educational programs that contributes to a digital narrative that provides the viewer with an overall sense of the programs’ quality […]


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Hamlet
Hamlet

Ballet Austin’s production of Hamlet was performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in February of 2009. Stephen Mills modernizes Shakespeare’s story of love and revenge in this evocative ballet interpretation. Set to Philip Glass’ poignant music, with Armani-inspired costumes, and an innovatively futuristic set, Hamlet is a gripping balletic portrayal of suspenseful […]


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Interactive Web Page Template
Interactive Web Page Template

  For a second 2011 minigrant project, Ballet Austin developed production-specific web pages for mobile devices. Users will be able to navigate educational information through a set of tabs at the top of each webpage. Drawing on the interactive and multi-media strengths of their current pachyderm-based sites, this tab system will be built using JavaScript […]


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Interpreting Contemporary Dance v2.0
Interpreting Contemporary Dance v2.0

This piece, Interpreting Contemporary Dance v2.0, takes the project Interpreting Contemporary Ballet a step further by designing and conducting an evaluation process that assesses its clarity and usefulness as an educational piece. Ballet Austin, with dance experts, assembled a variety of small focus groups to conduct an intensive evaluation process to identify strengths and weaknesses […]


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Video Series and Video Gallery
Video Series and Video Gallery

Through this minigrant project, Ballet Austin developed an online video documentary series to promote and educate patrons about their 2010/11 Season Opener performance, drawing on key learning from the Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project video blog series to improve the quality and content of our work. During the production phase of the Ballet’s […]


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Video-Rich Pachyderms
Video-Rich Pachyderms

From 2008-2010, Ballet Austin built 23 multimedia pieces using the Pachyderm authoring tool. For 2010, Ballet Austin has added a few new pieces to their extensive Pachyderm library. Because dance is a movement-based art form, video is currently the best vehicle for educating the general public about dance. Each presentation incorporates HD video to explore […]


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