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The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

Artistic Director Stanton Welch has crafted a new production of Giselle with sets and costume designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. For this production, Mr. Welch handpicked principal dancer Yuriko Kajiya as his muse for the iconic role of Giselle. Show More Summary

Discussing Ekman’s CACTI with Stager Spenser Theberge

For this blog post we'll be talking one-on-one with Cacti's stager and freelance dancer-choreographer Spenser Theberge. Get ready to laugh and smile with us as we discuss the triumphs of staging this captivating ballet!

A Visual Glossary for WINGS OF WAX & DYAD 1929

This is an especially exciting program featuring three ballets which are Houston Ballet premieres, as well as one esteemed choreographer making his Houston Ballet debut. Today, we will discuss Jirí Kylián’s Wings of Wax and Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929. This visual glossary for Wings of Wax and Dyad 1929 will help to familiarize you with these works.

Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 2

It’s our Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson’s 80th birthday this year! On February 16, we helped him celebrate with an informative and fun ‘Dance Talk’ at our Center for Dance. With Lauren Anderson at his side, he delighted our audience and staff with stories about his time in dance. Show More Summary

Researching “The Sleeping Beauty” PART 1

When discussing The Sleeping Beauty Ben Stevenson once fondly remarked, “We all need a certain amount of beauty and love in our lives.” With such an opulent history in literature, music, film, opera, and ballet, this classic fairy tale continues to enchant audiences and stand the test of time. Show More Summary

A Unique Exercise For Any Level of Fitness – Houston Ballet Academy’s Pilates Barre Class

I could count on one hand the number of sporadic Pilates classes I’d taken throughout my life. I was unfamiliar with terms and body positions, and I was nervous about entering a class even labeled for beginners. As a staff member, I was tempted to try one of Houston Ballet Academy’s adult classes, but I […]

Education and Community Engagement’s X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! Program – A Teaching Assistant’s Journey

Education and Community Engagement is thrilled to announce the start of its new X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! program (formerly HBASP) this week on Tuesday, January 19. Lindsey Ho, a 10th grader from St. John’s School in Houston shares her joys and experiences of working with students in the program last semester. I first heard about X³ when […]

A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker

By Jessica Maria MacFarlane On a snowy night in 1892, The Nutcracker (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Balletmaster Lev Ivanov) made its first appearance at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a dazzling original score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and classical ballet choreography, The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition in the […]

2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz”

Guest writer: Alyssa Springer Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz.” It was another successful year, full of glitz and glamour to commemorate the 35th annual event, this year honoring all Nutcracker Market shoppers. The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is a signature fundraising event […]


From September 24-October 4, 2015, Houston Ballet presents its Fall Mixed Repertory Program featuring Stanton Welch’s Tapestry, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Garrett Smith’s Reveal. Here to discuss this exciting contemporary showcase program and share her experience is Soloist Nao Kusuzaki. Show More Summary


This weekend from October 2-4, 2015 Houston Ballet performs its final 3 shows of the Fall Mixed Repertory Program featuring Stanton Welch’s Tapestry, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Garrett Smith’s Reveal. Reveal had its world premiere on September 24. The work is set to music by Philip Glass and focuses on the ideas of self-reflection and […]

Where Dance Meets Education: Education and Community Engagement Teacher Receives Exciting New Training

Houston Ballet Education and Community Engagement is committed to introducing children, particularly those in under-served and at-risk populations, to the beauty and grace of life through dance.  Last year they reached over 39,000 students...Show More Summary

Ballet and Comedy: The Taming of the Shrew Stager Jane Bourne

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Knock knock? Who’s there… Houston Ballet! Houston Ballet will close its 14-15 season with the classic The Taming of the Shrew beginning June 11- 21, 2015. The Taming of the Shrew, is a masterful choreographic depiction of Shakespeare’s perpetually battling lovers, Petruchio and Katherina, and of Petruchio’s determination to bend […]

Zodiac Costumer Designer – Eduardo Sicangco

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern   The stunning costumes and magical sets just appear for each performance, right? This thought might have crossed your mind a time or two but I am here to discuss the detailed thought process in the costume design process that took place for Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s world […]

The man behind the sounds of Zodiac: Ross Edwards

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Aries? Taurus? Leo? Whatever your Zodiac sign might be, Houston Ballet has the perfect performance for you! Houston Ballet is proud to announce Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s world premiere of Zodiac. The company will perform Zodiac in a mixed repertory featuring works from some of the most talented choreographers called […]

FREE Performance at Miller Outdoor Theater – This weekend only!

By: Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Houston Ballet returned from its Canada tour ready to perform in Houston! The dancers are back in the studio preparing for this weekend’s three FREE performances of Giselle and Clear at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Here to express her excitement about performing Giselle for the first time is Principal Dancer Melody […]

Houston Meets Canada

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Watch out Canada, La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) is coming for you! Houston Ballet is currently touring Calgary and Edmonton from April 30 – May 9, 2015 to perform the classic piece La Bayadère. La Bayadère is about the strength of true love: despite conflict, conniving villains, and even death, […]


By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern One, two, three! One, two, three! Those are not only counts but also the number of ballets to be presented during Houston Ballet’s spring mixed repertory program “Modern Masters” from March 12-22, 2015. The program features George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s poignant Jardí Tancat, and Harald […]

Ballet and Romance

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” Valentines Day may have passed but that does not mean love has. The world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet opens at Wortham Theater February 26th, 2015. Houston Ballet will be […]

From Conception to Creation: The Costumes for “Romeo and Juliet”

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern “In Fair Houston where we lay our costumes/scene” Oh Romeo, Romeo why are you dressed so dashingly? As the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet nears, a great deal of creativity has been brewing behind the scenes for several months at Houston Ballet. The company will perform the […]

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