Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. Established in 1956, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has a rich history, featuring original, acclaimed productions and a commitment to creating access to programs. Ballet Austin owns and operates a combined training facility located in the heart of downtown Austin and is among the 15 largest classical ballet companies in the country.
From its home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin’s Sarah and 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.” Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the nation’s best-kept ballet secrets,” Stephen Mills works closely with the 22 full-time professional dancers.
Ballet Austin returns Stephen Mills’ Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project (LIGHT) to Austin for just the third time since its premiere in 2005. LIGHT tells the powerful story of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren (1920-2016) and her journey as a member..