Ballet Austin TWO set to perform at Panola College on March 5

Ballet Austin TWO

Ballet Austin TWO, Ballet Austin’s second company, entertains audiences with their spring performance at Panola College on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium. Featured in this performance are a suite of excerpts from the classic ballet choreography of Marius Petipa and two new contemporary works by choreographers Jennifer Hart and Alexa Capareda. Supported by a grant from the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arriving early is recommended.


Ballet Austin TWO, established in 1999, is Ballet Austin’s second company, with dancers also serving as apprentices to the main company. Ballet Austin TWO dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. With over 40 performances per season, they dance with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of work in Austin and on tour across the state.

Dancers range in age from 18-23 and are employed for a 32-week season. They are contracted with Ballet Austin TWO for up to two years, during which time they receive artistic guidance, career management counseling, and job placement assistance. To date, more than 200 graduates of Ballet Austin TWO and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with professional dance companies and represent more than half of Ballet Austin’s current main company.


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 creation of original artworks, classical ballet instruction, and life-long health and wellness through dance and fitness. With a rich history spanning six decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs, and a large, classical ballet academy, the organization is poised for an even greater future.

From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin’s Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund artistic director, actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.” For additional information on Ballet Austin and to purchase tickets and classes, visit balletaustin.org.


Petipa Divertissement (Excerpts)

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Staging/Adaptation: Jennifer Hart, Michelle Martin, Christopher Swaim

Music: Ludwig Minkus


To The Hiding

Choreography: Alexa Capareda

Music: Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic, Lili Boulanger, Hildur Guðnadóttir, CRYSTALMESS, Meredith Monk



Choreography: Jennifer Hart

Music: Anne Müller