Ballet Austin Education

Ballet Austin Education

Ballet Austin acknowledges the arts and arts education as essential elements in the educational process necessary for the intellectual and social development of all humans. Ballet Austin is committed to offering educators resources and opportunities to provide young people with arts experiences, specifically dance.

Research demonstrates that students benefit socially and academically from sustained involvement in the arts. Students in arts-rich environments have higher concepts of their academic ability, are achieving at higher rates on standardized test scores and are more engaged in schools.

For more information regarding our listed programs or to set up professional development workshops, contact Community Education Director, Pei-San Brown at 512.476.9151 ext. 178


  501 W. 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701


Quiet Imprint School Shows

Program description

Quiet Imprint, a 40-minute contemporary ballet choreographed by Thang Dao and performed by Ballet Austin II, will provide a powerful classroom and performance link to the story of those dispersed from Vietnam during and following the conflict lasting from 1959 – 1975.

Quiet Imprint depicts the arduous journey experienced by countless displaced Vietnamese men and women by drawing inspiration from their individual stories. Informed by Dao’s open dialogue with Central Texas Vietnamese elders, the work integrates their own folk dance movements and stories to document their journey of exile. Quiet Imprint has truly encouraged reflection about the consequences of conflict and social injustice, and inspired cross-cultural dialogue about our responsibility as individuals and citizens of the global community.

The 2010 premiere of Quiet Imprint was nominated by the Austin Critics Table for Best Choreographer and Best Ensemble. In response to audience and critical acclaim, Ballet Austin II performed the work again in Austin (October 2010), Houston (April 2011), and Orange County, California (October 2011).


The Quiet Imprint curricula provides important insight into the experiences of the Vietnamese Diaspora. Most significantly, the curricula will encourage reflection and dialogue about social justice issues, ensuring a resonance and application beyond the performance experience. We expect Quiet Imprint to provide students with relatable insight into the struggle faced by Vietnamese refugees during this historical period, to encourage reflection about the consequences of conflict and social injustice, and to serve as a conversation starter about our responsibility as individuals and citizens of a current global community facing a refugee crisis. The optional curricula spans two class periods—one pre-show curriculum and one post-show curriculum.

In addition to providing curricula, Ballet Austin offers an hour of accompanying professional development for classroom teachers free of charge, which will serve as a model for instructors striving to provide current links and relevant interactive learning experiences with their lesson plans.

Grade Level: Middle School and High School Students

Booking / scheduling contact

Kylie Phillips

   512-476-915 Ext. 141

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin:
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Population served:
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

Dates & Times at Ballet Austin: ​

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 10am
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 12pm
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at 10am
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at 12pm

We are also able to schedule on-campus performances. 

Available times:

See previous section.

Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Performances at Ballet Austin take place in the AustinVentures StudioTheater. Technical requirements will be discussed individually if scheduling on your school’s campus.


Ballet Austin  |  501 West 3rd Street  |  Austin, Texas 78701

Fees / Ticketing:

$7 per person, $6 per person for Title I Schools. Cost for On-Campus performances to be determined based on performance location and the number of shows requested.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Advance cancellation is required and date will be indicated on booking invoice.