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Houston Ballet Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Ballet, Performing Arts Schools

Mission: To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as: •A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works. •A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form. •An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences. •A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers. •A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations.

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston area and the surrounding communities, nationally, and internationally

Programs: Dance education, arts education, community engagement

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angie C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FREE programs available for all different types of educational purposes. My school is very excited to have the Houston Ballet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Kate45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

Roger R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Sincerely,
Karren H. Edwards

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Houston ballet is a beautiful company with down to earth dancers and faculty!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very nice staff, and extremely talented dancers- both professional and students.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bringing joy and meaning of ballet to life! Houston Ballet is a resilient company that reaches out to the community and brings people together!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet really wants to enrich the community with world class ballet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet showcases the world's best dancers from leading choreographers. The company helps put Houston on the map as an arts leader.