Houston Ballet is an amazing top shelf organization. The dancers are suburb, the productions are absolutely breath taking from the scenery, costumes and staging. Houston should be so proud of their very own Ballet company!!! Treasure this gem and support Houston Ballet by donating, volunteering, but more then ever, join the audience and get ready to escape with live theater. I wish I lived in Houston to see every production. I am lucky to get down there twice annually.
Returning to the performances this past month has been perfect!! from easy ticket purchase, clarity of safety precautions, and especially the courtesy of the people of the Houston Ballet! I look forward to many more performances!
Houston Ballet has continued to provide the Ballet experience to all of Houston throughout our Harvey Recovery and even more so during this last year with the COVID 19 shutdown. The Ballet found a way to continue performing and reaching out to the Houston Community.
The Educational Outreach touches thousands of young people each year.
Houston Ballet is a gem to Houston.
I think Houston Ballet is an asset to not only the arts in Houston but across the nation and internationally.
I have watched Houston Ballet develop over the years excelling in their community and educational outreach programs. The Houston Ballet Company is fantastic in delivering art and culture at the highest level to the citizens of Houston. You know you are a true Houstonian when you mention as part of your holiday traditions is attending Houston Ballet's "Nutcracker" My favorite time to attend the Nutcracker is the Christmas Eve matinee. Thanks to all the hard work of Houston Ballet to keep this tradition moving on to the next generation of Houstonians.
Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014
Hello b.cotton, Thank you for your wonderful support. As you said, our community engagement has increased over the years and is continuing to grow with support like yours. We know that there are still many young children around Houston who have never seen a ballet, or taken a dance class. We hope that we can continue to grow those efforts and encourage those young dancers to make the Nutcracker a yearly tradition just like you! Best, Houston Ballet
Without this program my student would not have been able able to attend dance class with Houston Ballet. Houston Ballet has been a wonderful experience for my student academically and physically.
There is one reason why the Atherton Elementary School 3rd Grade Dance Class presentation was a success today ……… YOU!!!!
The program “X3 – Explore, Extend, Excel” provided by Houston Ballet under the direction of Lauren Anderson, was the greatest experience we have ever witnessed. The instrumentalist was more than professional, the dance teachers were well equipped, instructions were clear and precise, and the positive motivation during class was better than expected. HATS OFF TO LAUREN AND THE HOUSTON BALLET TEAM. Something like that doesn’t just happen. It took the tremendous collaboration of a wonderful loving and caring group of people. In short, you all were sensational.
In closing, please know that your dance program has made a major impact on our children and because of you, they can continue to fly higher to achieve their goals in education.
Having lived in foster homes my entire childhood, I didn't have the inspiration to see the possibilities my life held. I knew I loved music, performing and the Arts, though! Ballet came into my life during my mid 20's and its discovery has been life-changing for me.....LITERALLY!!! Fast forward to me moving to Houston in 2018, after having received an invitation to join Houston Ballet in their mission to make dance accessible to everyone! I am indebted to this amazing organization in SO many ways! They have given my life not only purpose (in helping to shape the future direction of our art form) but a joy and fulfillment that is priceless and immeasurable! Thank you, Houston Ballet! You have enriched my life and the life and culture of this city!!!
- Ty Boyle
Houston Ballet is serving the Houston community in an inspiring way by bringing the love of dance to all audiences!
These dancers play a huge role in the Houston arts community. They are athletes in the true sense of the word, and Stanton Welch has choreographed wonderful pieces for them. The Ballet also offers great subscription packages, and I get to see performances in the beautiful Wortham Center.
Amazing organization, generous to its workers as well as its community, and passionate about what they do in every regard. I am in love with this organization and am in awe of the sacrifices each member makes to bring the beauty of classical ballet to the Houston community.
Houston Ballet is a jewel in the city of Houston. We are so lucky to experience world class ballet right at home!
When I was in my 50s, I bought tickets for my mom and I to attend Houston Ballet's "The Nutcracker." I gave her the tickets on MY birthday. It was so great to enjoy our first professional ballet together. Our first shared ballet experience was my recital at 7 years old.
Houston Ballet provides access to the arts across the city and beyond. They are careful stewards of funds donated and produce first class performances. During this difficult time they continued to produce quality content accessible to all.
I have been a subscriber and volunteer with Houston Ballet for nearly 30 years. In that time I have seen them grow and flourish in so many ways. The community outreach they provide is so wide ranging from school children in varied neighborhoods to adults with Parkinsons disease which impacted my Grandfather. What a gem for the city of Houston!
Houston Ballet has been a wonderful part of my life for as long as I can remember - from childhood, to sharing it with my children, and now grandchildren. From exceptionally talented, inspirational dancers and choreography to gorgeous costumes and sets - how blessed we are to have such a treasure in our midst! Vive le Houston Ballet!
We have been enjoying the performances by The Houston Ballet for many years. It started as a small tradition for the ladies of the family, my grandmother, mom, sister and I, enjoying the nutcracker performance every year. That grew into purchasing an annual subscription. We now enjoy the captivating performances with our extended family, from in-laws to nieces and nephews. The Houston Ballet’s creativity, athleticism, and hospitality is always excellent.
The Houston Ballet organization runs a first class ballet school and dance companies. The school provides amazing instruction and opportunity for countless students – many on full or partial scholarships. I can tell you from first-hand experience with two of my daughters that the Houston experience is top notch. And the HBA summer program is among the best in the country. It is extremely well run and the students are cared for both in and out of the studio. This provides a parent like me tremendous peace of mind knowing my child is being taught well and will be safe and looked after throughout the many weeks far away from home. Thank you Houston for all you do and have done for so many. 5 Stars!!!! Joe Chesapeake, Virginia (USA)
I'm an adult student, not a parent of a student, nor a professional. Houston Ballet has classes for adults too, and they are taking substantial precautions to protect everyone. Super community-involved and oriented, they typically have classes of school children in to watch performances, cancelled now bc of covid. Well-managed non-profit, and super honest and responsive to the community. Just what a non-profit should be.
Houston Ballet is one of the most honest and transparent companies I've been associated. From both board leardership and staff leadership, they continue to share all news, financial reports/status, etc. not only with patrons but also publicly. They have done the most remarkable job switching from in-person performances to virtual performances due to Covid. I am honored and proud to be an integral part of this organization through fund-raising, subscribing, supporting and promoting. BRAVO! Houston Ballet Foundation!
The Foundation Board of the Houston Ballet is an incredible group of people that I have the privilege of joining this year on the Board. They genuinely love the Houston Ballet and are working tirelessly to make it a success in these unprecedented times. The deep concern they have for all the Dancers and Staff is astounding. I consider it a great honor to be working alongside these people.
Houston Ballet is an organization that works diligently to reach a wide audience. The organization makes every effort possible to expand its reach to Houstonians through programs and performances. Houston Ballet has a strong presence on social media and has engaged a wide array of people locally and internationally during the Covid19 pandemic. The dancers are beautiful, the artistic direction fantastic, and the leadership staff and foundation both work to ensure that Houston will have a premier company for years to come.
Houston Ballet is an excellent Foundation with a mission geared to sustain the art of ballet and include all socio-economic groups teaching students from all communities and walks of life to appreciate and participate in the art. The professional program performances and artistic direction are excellent; the staff is professional. The organization is a gem in the city of Houston.
There are so many opportunities for volunteering and helping the ballet whether it involves guiding students, sewing materials for the market, or taking part in the Nutcracker Market. Volunteers also have the opportunity to see live performances and get a closer look into the workings of the ballet. There are wonderful social activities as well to help connect with others with similar interests.
The Houston Ballet Foundation is an outstanding organization that supports the arts and brings the arts to all constituents of the Houston community. Our world-class ballet company has a world-class support foundation, and I am so grateful to be a part of this community.
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.
I'm so thrilled that Houston Ballet spends so much energy and time bringing students from all over Houston to watch the Studio Series performances! The Professional students have the opportunity to learn the repertoire and be coached by the amazing staff of internationally diverse teachers. The students see excellent ballet, and experience the gorgeous costumes and beautiful dancing. I am so thankful to have my daughter participate in these shows along with the Autism Friendly shows. I was thrilled when the parent committee was asked to help with ushering. I saw first hand how thrilled the school students are and how exciting it is for the professional students to have such lively and enthralled audiences! Well done!
I volunteer for Houston Ballet’s Educational Outreach program. I photograph their teaching artists working with public school children. I have seen a wide variety of classes but all of them have one thing in common: the passion that these teachers have for working with the kids and exposing them to art, to movement, to music. When these artists go into a school, they are completely committed to providing a top notch experience, with live musical accompaniment, a well thought out curriculum and energetic and nurturing teaching. I love photographing these classes because I know that I am seeing lives being changed.
I came to Houston Ballet Academy 38 years ago, a 16 year old ballerina wannabe, looking for someone who would give me a chance. I had been told by other organizations that I wasn’t well suited for ballet. Houston Ballet saw that I was willing to work hard and they gave me that chance. Under the direction of Ben Stevenson, over the company, Clare Duncan, Clara Cravey, and Steve Brule, over the Academy, they gave me that chance. With excellent training, and the amazing opportunity to be one of the first females to be placed on scholarship. I made it into the Houston Ballet company in 1984. It changed my life forever. I have gone on to share my knowledge with students at HBA after I retired, as well as Gymnasts from the 1996 Olympics, and now with adult students in my own Pilates and dance studio. This also shaped my daughter’s life, who became a ballroom dancer and now teacher. Thank you to Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet Academy for believing in me and most importantly, in the system they created to bring out talent in people like me. Not just the most likely to succeed. Houston Ballet knows how to create and nurture talent.
Photo attached -I’m pictured with Clare Duncan and level 5 class; HB Giselle 1985; HBA w Ben Stevenson 1983
The Houston Ballet offers the most highly professional dance performance and training outside of New York City, offering quality training in their classes and performances equal to those anywhere in the world. The Houston Ballet is a treasure - long established in the history of Houston and supported and loved by
All ages- school children , professional dancers , and patrons of the arts.
I am just a dance lover, a former dancer, a grandmother now who is so excited to be able to bring my 5 year old grand daughter to see her first Nutcracker - The Houston Ballet Nutcracker! We will be there for the Sunday Matinee December 1
In the Orchestra, and I’ll bet one of us will be in a tutu! Kudos to the Houston Ballet!
Houston Ballet has played a vital role in exposing our students to all forms of dance. Through programs like Studio Series, Chance To Dance and Explore, Extend, Excel our students have not only had a chance to watch, but also participate and take a dance class given by Lauren and her wonderfully talented team!
On our last visit to the Ballet (thanks to the Ballet Funding and our Patron, Dr. Piot) students had an opportunity to go to the Wortham Center and see the performances of Locally Grown, World Renowned. All of the 5th Grade Students were were amazed at the sets, lighting and especially the dancers and their skill.
Thank you Houston Ballet!
My 12 year old son loves ballet thanks to the Houston Ballet Foundation. He was offered a Chance To Dance scholarship four years ago and hasn't looked back since. Our family will be forever thankful for the chance given to him to learn from some of the best in the business!
Houston Ballet has been offering performances, programming and Houston Ballet Academy training to our students for many years. All of our participating teachers, students, and parents have been so appreciative of the generous commitment to our 100% Title I Hispanic elementary. More than two dozen of our second graders have participated in Houston Ballet classes on site and, of those students, four students have been awarded scholarships to receive classes for various years. These students have gone on to have the great delight of playing on stage in several ballets.
Houston Ballet is a WONDERFUL resource for my dancers. They get great field trips, great teachers and free costumes. Houston Ballet has been an integral part of the dance program in MANY HISD schools!!!
I am an elementary teacher at a Title 1 school and our principal reserved seats for our entire first and second grade students to see the Houston Ballet for FREE. The entire event was very organized and when we arrived we were received with smiling faces. All the parents and the girls enjoyed the ballet very much. They were impressed with the dancing and the beautiful costumes. The boys were not shy in admitting that they enjoyed the ballet also. They on the other hand liked the dancing and how the male dancers were lifting the female dancers. This whole experience was up close and very memorable for everyone. As one boy said, "This was fun!" These are the types of experiences that inner city students lack, but need. Exposure to the performing arts should be the norm for all students. Thank you, Lauren Anderson for reaching out to our schools.
I am a University professor at Houston Baptist University. I have attended several Houston Ballet workshops for teachers on how to integrate dance and the other arts with other subjects in the curriculum. The presenters always have been so engaging, well prepared and available for questions and resources . This is one area that sometimes goes unseen since it is not a performing event, but is so valuable for training both pre-service and in-service art and general educators, The ballet performances for schools are an invaluable way to create interest in dance and see how through the arts we can create meaning in life . I want to thank and encourage people and institutions who sponsor the Houston Ballet Foundation for their contribution to make Houston a better place to live and enjoy what dance and the other arts offer to enhance our lives.
I am a homeschooling mom to a 4th grader and a 6th grader. We have been part of the free performances from the Houston School of Ballet for the last 2 years. It has been an honor and privilege to watch these students from all over the world perform and educate us on many topics we are currently covering in our lessons! Thank you for making us a part of your community!!!
FREE programs available for all different types of educational purposes. My school is very excited to have the Houston Ballet.
I'm a teacher at lower income school. Houston Ballet has provided multiple types of programming that has yielded both interest in the art of dance and arts integrated learning in the classroom. The staff at the Houston Ballet is AMAZING! They have exceeded my expectations year after year. They have even provided professional development for teachers that was extremely valuable. The work they do for our school has even stimulated me to attend multiple performances at the ballet! The Houston Ballet is a true gem of Houston!
I have been supporting Houston Ballet since 2011. When Tsunami hit in Japan, they stood up to help those victims by supporting dance event and send them Fund.
This company is truly Global level team. I have been enjoying to watch their performance. And I really recommend everyone to to see HB.
I have volunteered and observed several Houston Ballet dance events. What excellence! The outreach program reaches far and wide across Houston, bringing the joy of dance to many. I love what they are doing!
Our Special Education Class shines bright with the encouragement and enthusiasm of our visiting Artist. They have been easy to coordinate with and very responsive. We are looking forward to them enriching the lives of our other students who wouldn't usually get the opportunity.
Despite several adversities not having fine arts in the school setting, Southmayd Elementary faculty and staff strive to collaboratively provide purposeful opportunities for education which provide opportunities for the education of the “whole” child by motivating and developing critical thinkers who achieve at their full potential while becoming college career ready. Joanna Kent Southmayd Elementary School, Houston ISD, has been an educational landmark in the southeast residential community of Pecan Park for over eighty five years. The student population represents a lower socioeconomic level of 100% whom qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Our students and community do not have the opportunities to experience such an awesome performance as your performance’s demonstrated on our campus for no charge to the students or school.
Because of your generosity students at Southmayd Elementary School continue to benefit from abundant opportunities to learn, grow, and excel. Thank you for partnering with us to help children "celebrate living". We greatly appreciate your support and hope to partner with you again.
The Houston Ballet made a wonderful presentation for our students during their after school program. They sent a representative and she brought costumes/outfits that they have actually worn in different ballet performances. She brought videos to show them of the different types of performances that they have. She showed them that it's not always just for females (boys can be dancers too). My students were totally entertained by her presentation. They loved it!
We work with The Houston Ballet to bring strong arts programming in high needs schools across the City of Houston. The communication, set up, and execution of programs into under resourced schools has been excellent. We have seen the teaching artists rally students to care about schooling and themselves through dance. Deep investment in our kids is clear and the willingness to be flexible to work with extenuating circumstances on the ground has been consistent. We are so grateful for The Houston Ballet's team in providing free, high quality academic, arts, and social emotional learning opportunities that our students desperately need.
My family has had the pleasure of being a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston's adapted ballet program at The Houston Ballet since its inception. My daughter Abby has had the pleasure of taking the class with the wonderful teachers in the program like Jennifer Somers, prima ballerina Mimi Hassenboehler and Katey Tidwell. Our special dancers grow into their bodies; they learn how to listen and follow directions as well as learning to have the freedom to express themselves through dance. When my daughter is in class, it gives me and the other parents time to either relax or build a community with the other parents.
My daughter Abigail attend the adapted dance class for Children with Down Syndrome. This class is wonderful and allows my child to live in her body, express herself and socilize with children like her. It also give me a chance to sit and chat with parents sharing stories and resources. Thanks you Houston Ballet Foundation for this wonderful program. My family feels so blessed to be a part of it!
Houston Ballet Foundation 02/18/2013
Hello Kate45. Thank you for your kind words regarding the Adapted Dance program. Your support is very important to us as we grow this wonderful program. With great partners like Easter Seals of Greater Houston and the Down Syndrome Association of Houston, we hope to enjoy many years of working with students like Abigail. Best, Houston Ballet.
The Houston Ballet gives so much rich culture to our great city. Their world class artistry and top quality choreography is more than a match for any ballet company in the country today. We are so incredibly lucky to have them here.
Houston Ballet is a much needed help for our children. Music heals the weary soul and our children need a positive outlet. Having the Houston Ballet entertain and present to our students has proven to be a blessing to everyone. The anger issues and behavior problems are channeled in to positive actions through dance and leadership roles in the classroom.
Thank you for being that beacon of light that our classrooms need in order to shine bright.
Karren H. Edwards
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 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.