So you think you can dance?

Ballet Austin's Come Dance! 2012 celebrates the power of dance with a free day of classes

Ballet Austin's Come Dance! 2012 celebrates the power of dance with a free day of classes

Can you tear up the dance floor like Fred Astaire, or are you cursed with two left feet? Whatever your level of dance ability, Ballet Austin's Come Dance! 2012 is a day of free classes to get everyone moving.

On Sunday, August 26, Ballet Austin invites Central Texans to celebrate a day of free dance classes with the Butler Community School (BCS). From jazz to Turbo Kick to ballet, dance classes in a variety of styles are offered to everyone wanting to come out and dance. This year’s Come Dance! also celebrates the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Butler Dance Education Center.

Come Dance! 2012 classes will represent the broad range of dance styles and levels available through Ballet Austin’s BCS, which includes ballet, Ballet Fit, theatre dance, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, hula, jazz funk, tap, Turbo Kick, Videodance, modern and West African. Ballet Austin’s Come Dance! celebration has become one of Austin’s favorite free dance events, with up to 1,000 participants. An up-to-date schedule of classes is available at the Ballet Austin website.

From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center & Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills 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."

The Butler Community School engages, educates and empowers people of all skill levels, economic and cultural backgrounds to adopt healthy lifestyles through dance and regular physical activity. With more than 5,000 students of all ages taking classes at Ballet Austin each year, Ballet Austin’s BCS and Academy comprise one of the largest dance training centers associated with a professional dance company in the U.S.

“One of Ballet Austin’s core values is to teach the next generation of artists and at Ballet Austin Academy that’s exactly what we do,” explains Ballet Austin Director of Schools William Piner. “The Academy is an amazing place for aspiring dancers to grow and excel. Our Academy students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in a nurturing, diverse, and professional environment rivaling any in the nation.”

You can join in on Come Dance! 2012 on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Butler Dance Education Center, located at 501 W. 3rd St. There's no need to sign up ahead of time. In addition to trying out new dance classes, the celebration will include refreshments and discounts on BCS classes and workshops.

There will also be prize drawings that include the chance to win a month of unlimited dance and fitness classes, a Pilates new client package, Ballet Austin season tickets, Ballet Austin fête*ish tickets and more.

For more information call 512.476.9051 or visit the Ballet Austin website.

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Join Ballet Austin's Come Dance! 2012 on Sunday, August 26. Courtesy of Ballet Austin