Ballet academy

The local ballet academy on tour in Austria

Brigid Sorrell had been dancing ballet since the age of 3, but performing in Austria was unlike anything she had experienced before.

Clara Sipes dances a solo during practice at Corpus Christi Concert Ballet for her upcoming trip to Austria.

Sorrell, 17, had joined the Corpus Christi Ballet Academy during their trip to Austria in 2015 and now she is returning.

“I just remember how much I loved dancing for the people,” Sorrell said. “There were tons of them and it was really exciting.”

Ballet mistress Kate Burrill talks with her Corpus Christi Concert Ballet students during practice for their upcoming trip to Austria.

The ballet academy will leave on June 27 for a tour through Austria as part of the “Young! Tanzsommer” program.

The program gives young dancers the chance to perform in Austria while learning about its culture.

Director Nancy Sulik has selected eight girls to perform at seven venues across the country. Sulik said she “chose strong dancers with a lot of progress.”

Ballet mistress Kate Burrill demonstrates for her students at the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet during practice for their upcoming trip to Austria.

The band will dance to six songs, including a dance to “Hair,” the title track from the 1968 Broadway show.

According to Sulik, this is the tenth time the ballet academy has visited Austria. The academy makes the trip every two years.

To prepare, the selected dancers rehearse four times a week for three months, led by instructor Kate Burrill, who has been dancing for 20 years.

Corpus Christi Concert Ballet dancers laugh as they practice Thursday, June 14, 2017 for their upcoming trip to Austria.

Burrill said the trip to Austria would be very exciting for the girls because of its history and culture.

The ballet academy is part of a larger program, the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The ballet company will perform a special preview of its show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Warren Theater at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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WHAT: Ballet-concert Corpus Christi

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

Or: Warren Theater at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi University.

Cost: Free