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Blog Profile / En Pointe with Houston Ballet

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Houston Ballet Academy Students Take Voyage Of Discovery And Inspiration In Germany At The Fourth Dance Education Biennale 2014 Dresden

–by Shelly Power, Houston Ballet Academy Director From February 15 – 23, 2014, a group representing Houston Ballet Academy enjoyed a full week in Dresden, Germany, participating in workshops, classes, performances and a two-day symposium on the creative process. Being one of three international schools and the only school from America, we were privileged and honored […]

Acclaimed Actor Steps into New Role in “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”

Over the last month, Houston Ballet has been pleased to welcome the beloved Texas actor Jaston Williams as a guest artist, performing the role of the narrator in Stanton Welch’s new production of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which continues in performance at Wortham Theater Center through Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 pm. […]

Holly Hynes Creates Tuxedos “Worthy of the Red Carpet” in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

From March 6 – 16, Houston Ballet will unveil the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s new version of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, set to the beloved score by Benjamin Britten and featuring costumes designed by Holly Hynes.  Costume sketch for The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Holly Hynes Ms. Hynes has […]

Behind the Scenes of Aladdin: Christopher Gray Flies High as the Djinn of the Lamp

Christopher Gray as the Djinn (Genie) with artists of Houston Ballet; Aladdin; Photo by Amitava Sarkar -by Stephanie Brown, Public Relations Intern David Bintley’s Aladdin, which continues in performance through Sunday, March 2, has a way of enchanting the audience with beautiful, unique props and exquisite, colorful costumes. I had the honor of attending Aladdin […]

Making Musical Magic in Aladdin

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet; Aladdin; Bill Cooper Composer Carl Davis, who is highly acclaimed in the fields of film and musicals, has written numerous ballet, TV and film scores. (His score for The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981  won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.)  Mr. Davis worked with English choreographer David Bintley to create the […]

Academy Students Leap On To World Stage At Prix De Lausanne Competition In Switzerland

Houston Ballet Academy students Tyler Donatelli, who is 17 and from Huntington Beach, California, and Michael Ryan, who is 17 and a native of Plano, Texas, have been accepted into the  prestigious international ballet competition Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland January 26 – February 1. Dancers: Michael Ryan and Tyler Dona They are in Switzerland […]

All About “The Nutcracker” – Q&A with Corps de Ballet dancer Derek Dunn

-by Kassandra Tak, Marketing/Public Relations Intern Houston Ballet First Year Corps de Ballet Dancer Derek Dunn, took some time to share his thoughts about dancing the roles of Fritz and the Gopak in The Nutcracker, running November 29 – December 29, 2013 at Wortham Theater Center. An interesting fact about Mr. Dunn is that he […]

All About “The Nutcracker” – Q&A with Soloist Nao Kusuzaki

–by  Kassandra Tak, Marketing/Public Relations Intern With the holidays around the corner, Houston Ballet’s Soloist, Nao Kusuzaki, took some time to share her thoughts about The Nutcracker, running November 29 – December 29 at Wortham Theater Center. Ms. Kusuzaki joined Houston Ballet in 2004 and she has danced a variety of roles since becoming a […]

Congratulations To Houston Ballet’s Ballerina Bride, Melody Mennite

You may now kiss the bride! On October 5, 2013, in Houston, Texas, Houston Ballet principal dancer Melody Mennite and Rick Walsh started a new chapter in their life as husband and wife. Please join me in congratulating the happy couple! In this blog entry, Melody shares the precious moments of her wedding and what’s […]

Houston Ballet Hosts Free Dance Talk on Thursday, Dec. 5: Dance Magazine Editor-at-Large Wendy Perron gives book reading

On Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Houston Ballet will host the next installment of its FREE Dance Talks discussion series featuring Dance Magazine Editor at Large Wendy Perron at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street, Houston 77002. Ms. Perron will read from her new book Through the Eyes of a Dancer, and be interviewed […]

Houston Ballet’s New York Tour: A Dancer’s Perspective

From October 22 – 27, 2013, Houston Ballet returned to The Joyce Theater in New York City. Corps de ballet member Harper Watters shares the highlights of the trip for him, including guerilla photo shoots in Greenwich Village with acclaimed dance photographer Jordan Matter. 1. What was one of your favorite moments about the tour? […]

Nutcracker Market: 33 Years of Consecutive Growth

From November 7 – 10, “Candy Cane Lane,” the thirty-third Nutcracker Market will roll into Reliant Center, welcoming over 100,000 guests and featuring over 300 national and international merchants with unique holiday gifts ranging from food to home décor to jewelry to clothing. In 2013, Houston Ballet Director of Special Events Patsy Chapman celebrates twenty-five […]

Making Magic Happen Behind The Scenes In New York At The Joyce Theater

Houston Ballet has been extremely busy during the month of October, preparing for two major tours: to New York’s Joyce Theater from October 22-27; and to the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, France October 31 – November 4. Image Courtesy of Houston Ballet Over the last decade Houston Ballet’s Director of Production Brian Walker […]

Join us for an exclusive book reading of “The Making of Markova” by Tina Sutton!

On Thursday, November 7, 2013 from noon until 1pm at Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance, Houston Ballet and the Jewish Book and Arts Fair join forces to present a free reading by author Tina Sutton of her acclaimed book, The Making of Markova, about the great 20th century English ballerina Dame Alicia Markova. For more information, contact […]

Ballet Ball Kickoff — a Delightful Spectacle!

Guest Writer: Suzie Cadey, Special Events Manager On October 8, more than 600 guests joined together to kick off the 2014 Houston Ballet Ball, chaired by S. Shawn Stephens, at an extravagant celebration at the Galleria. The ice rink, covered with layers of protection, was transformed into an elegant and dazzling environment complete with food […]

The Return of a Modern Dance Icon

–by Andrew Edmonson, Houston Ballet Director of Marketing & PR Modern dance legend Paul Taylor is beloved by the international dance community, but he has a special place in the heart of Houston Ballet. Artists of Paul Taylor Dance Company; Sunset The winner of a Kennedy Center honor, a MacArthur Genius Award, an Emmy, and the […]

Swansong Performances: Three Houston Ballerinas Reflect On A Pivotal Moment

Houston Ballet will host its second free Dance Talk of the 2013-14 season, “Stepping Out of the Spotlight,” on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street, Houston 77002. Dancer: Amy Fote; Ballet: The Merry Widow; Photo by Amitava Sarkar Houston choreographer Jane Weiner will interview […]

From Storyboards to the Stage: The glamorous costumes and jewelry for The Merry Widow

Guest Writer: Ashley Roberts, Wardrobe Intern First as an operetta in 1905 and as a ballet in 1975, The Merry Widow has been performed on countless stages around the world. Choreographer Ronald Hynd’s glamorous production is once again being produced by Houston Ballet September 19 – 29 at Wortham Theater Center. Featuring lavish and spectacular scenery by Italian […]

Choreographer Melissa Hough: Inspired by Machiavelli, The Moonwalk, and Gabriel Prokofiev

From September 5 – 15, Houston Ballet launches it 44th season with Four Premieres, featuring three world premieres and the American premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Intimate Pages. Choreographer Melissa Hough has been hard at work in the studios on  her new piece, …the third kind [is] useless. For this week’s blog, Melissa takes time out from rehearsals […]

In Memoriam: Administrator Henry Holth

Houston Ballet mourns the passing of longtime ballet administrator Henry Holth, former general director of the Houston Ballet Foundation from 1972-1977, who died August 15, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was president and general director of the Ballet Pro Musica Festival. He was 86 years old, and the cause of death was a heart […]

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