Houston Ballet’s community engagement programming is simply outstanding! Because of fantastic women such as Lauren Anderson and Jennifer Sommers, I have students who have gained an interest and additional access to ballet. Thank you for the relationship you have developed with our school!
Bringing joy and meaning of ballet to life! Houston Ballet is a resilient company that reaches out to the community and brings people together!
The Houston Ballet brings joy through the arts to people across the city and beyond. They are a top-notch company with an incredible work ethic and talent. They inspire all who see them with their rich artistry. They offer classes and performances to underserved children in Houston. Their value to this city can not be measured.
The Houston Ballet is a wonderful nonprofit institution - professionalism and a high technical standard can be easily noticed in every single performance produced and delivered to our delight.
Houston Ballet showcases the world's best dancers from leading choreographers. The company helps put Houston on the map as an arts leader.
Houston Ballet brings world-class ballet productions to the city of Houston, exposing us to exciting performances by leading choreographers. I\u2019ve been attending the ballet for over 20 years, and Houston Ballet never disappoints!
It would be a huge undertaking for me to list all the benefits of children learning dance but I would like to point out a few: Dance education aids the development of kinesthetic intelligence. Makes sense, right? But that just grazes the surface.
Dance education also teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, risk taking, making judgments in the absence of rules, and higher-order thinking skills. It also fosters an individual’s ability to better interpret interpersonal nonverbal communication and… learning the dances of other cultures helps students to develop an understanding and respect for them. So not only are the benefits personal, they also help to mold outstanding global citizens.
This summer the kids at the Meadowlands had the opportunity to take part in a Hip Hop dance program sponsored by the Houston Ballet and taught by a very gregarious and talented instructor named Mr. Vi Dieu. To say that the kids took to this program like ducks to water would be a huge exaggeration! Mr. Vi had to coax, bribe and beg to get many of them out of their comfort zones…but he did it!!! Before long even our “coolest” boys had let down their guard and were enjoying themselves. Our wonderful instructor was even able to engage a particular special needs student whose quiet demeanor and general lack of self-confidence often makes it easy for him to be overlooked. By the end of the first class, all the kids were vying for Mr. Vi’s attention and praise and when the last class rolled around, most of the kids had mastered the dance routine. They were all very proud of themselves and a few stand out students were especially hopeful about enrolling in year around classes. As the summer progressed, Mr. Vi’s former students continued to break out some of their new moves—sometimes just for fun, sometimes to show me what they remembered and, once, to vie for the attention of the cute new girl! Did I mention that there is evidence to support the possibility that early humans danced to attract a mate?!?!
Houston Ballet's Education & Community Engagement program is an amazing program! I have a son with autism, who absolutely loves music and dance, but is unable to successfully attend a typical theater performance. HB has recently created their first ever autism-friendly ballet performances for families like mine, and it has been such a blessing to us and so many others across Houston. It means the world to us to have the opportunity to expose our special kids to the arts in such a relaxed and non-judgmental environment, and I am so grateful to HB for recognizing the need and taking the initiative to make these shows happen.
I am a middle school special education teacher. I took my 10 students to Houston Ballet Studio Series performance, featuring Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra two weeks ago. It was FABULOUS! Our class loved the show and we're very grateful for the opportunity to watch such an amazing performance from incredibly talented and hard working dancers. We also appreciate the wonderful Houston Ballet Foundation staff that greeted us especially Lauren Anderson who made our students with special needs feel very comfortable in a new environment. She is great! We sincerely thank Houston Ballet Foundation for making it possible for our community and most especially for students with special needs experience the beauty of arts. Our students' first experience with Houston Ballet was very positive and is something they still talk and get excited about. Thank You!
Houston Ballet is an AMAZING resource for the community. Working at a title 1 middle school we are unable to attend/participate in alot of events & performances throughout the Houston community. I am so grateful that Houston Ballet provides Master Classes and Ballet Talks for my students. The instructors are AMAZING, my students enjoy each and every session and always ask if they can have more. Thank you Houston Ballet for creating such an organized, professional program for our students.
Houston Ballet has an amazing community outreach program! The programs are top-notch and introduce children throughout the Houston area to dance in a fun, engaging manner. Programs are offered on-site to schools as well as at the amazing Houston Ballet Center for Dance. The quality of programming is unsurpassed. Very impressive!
I have been so impressed by the Houston Ballet Foundation's dedication to providing children opportunities to experience the true, good and beautiful through fine arts. The performances and dance labs they offer to our children for free are almost too good to be true! Thank you, Houston Ballet Foundation for opening my children's hearts to beautiful art.
Being an elementary music teacher in Fort Bend ISD, I was overjoyed to find out about the amazing Ballet Talks program that the Houston Ballet offers. Not only is this program no charge for the school, but the Speakers bring props, costumes, and other such accoutrements for the students to experience while watching the Ballet. Most importantly, the presenters bring a high energy that is captivating to students of any age, allowing them all to experience the Ballet to their fullest potential.
Since the Fall of 2015, this program has reached over 900 students in my school, from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Each student was given the opportunity to not only have an amazing cultural experience, but also an opportunity to learn about how different elements of art (physical , dancing, musical) come together to create a beautiful experience. Many of my students have never seen a ballet, much less had the opportunity to touch a ballet toe shoe.
The Ballet Talks has been an amazing opportunity for the students on my campus, and we look forward to our future visits and collaborations with the Houston Ballet.
HB outreach has touched the lives of underprivileged students across the city....for the last 3 years HB came to a school that many would be scared to drive in the neighborhood....the students were able to study from Lauren Anderson, Paul Appleman and Sue Hill as well as others...the students didn't understand what a great treat it was now but hopefully, when they reflect back they will!!!!
The Houston Ballet comes to our 3 Houston area clinics several times a year and offers a movement class to our patients. We appreciate all that the instructors do for us and our patients at Kids Developmental Clinic. It not only encourages the patients but the class also encourages their families, opening their eyes to the possibility of dance. Thank you all for your dedication to our patients.
Our School (Sutton ES in Houston) has profited greatly from the different programs the Houston Ballet offers at no cost. This year we were able to have a program called X³ - Explore, Extend, & Excel at the school. 4th and 5th graders were able to learn and practice a science related dance routine and show it at the end to their parents which they were very excited about. It is wonderful to see that the students understood that they have to put in a lot of work to learn a routine but that it is a great feeling of accomplishment when you finally have your performance at the end!
Houston Ballet has done an outstanding job in introducing our students to Dance, an opportunity many of them would not have otherwise. Sutton ES has been in a partnership with the Houston Ballet for a few years now. Our students have greatly benefited from the different programs the Houston Ballet offers. Students have been introduced to Creative Movement and Ballet through the Learn from the Masters Program. We have had Ballet Talks for them where a representative explained an actual performance to them. Recently we were able to start an after school program where some of our students get the chance to have Dance Lessons at the Houston Ballet at no cost. These kids are so excited and motivated to go every week. We are looking forward to continuing the partnership for a long time! Thank you Ms. Anderson, Ms. Sommers and everybody else involved for your hard work!!!
Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014
Hello UCoulter, Thank you for your kind comments! We love working with you and your students at Sutton through the many programs, especially the after-school program Chance to Dance. Whether they are aware or not, the young dancers from Sutton who enter the studio each week are an inspiration to everyone in the building. The students' love for movement motivates company dancers, Academy students, and staff to continue to uphold Houston Ballet's mission: To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. Thanks, Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet has been a blessing to our school and students who get a Channce to Dance. Our first and second grade students had the experience to be able to attend classes for the very first time. Three of the students got a scholarship to attend classes with Houston Ballet dancers. This is a wonderful life long memory to the students. Memories are made and new friendships are beginning. Thank You so much for the opportunity to give back to the community.
Houston Ballet Foundation 07/20/2016
Hello Keisha, We strive to bring high-quality arts education to as many schoolchildren as possible each season. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. Furthermore, we are thankful your first and second grade students got to experience the joy of ballet through our Chance to Dance initiative.