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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet has done a fantastic job with the kids of Ed White. We have had a Dance Talk and a Learning From the Masters session held on our campus over the past year. Both got the kids excited about the arts and interested in participating. Since our partnership with the Houston Ballet, the number of students participating in the school dance team has more than doubled! I'm looking forward to the next year with the Houston Ballet and I hope for many years afterwards this partnership will continue! The kids really do get an opportunity to step into an experience out of their element and the resulting culture of the campus towards the arts is fantastic!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014

Hello KSchnarr, Thank you for your very kind comments and for your participation in our Education & Outreach programming. It is wonderful to hear that student participation in the dance team has doubled. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to dance despite limitations like school funding, facilities, or time. Our programs aim to make the registration and implementation as little a burden as possible on the students and the teachers. That is why we have free programming, flexible scheduling online, and additional resources through online. As the students of Ed White Elementary can attest, working with Houston Ballet is a great experience! Best, Houston Ballet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been dancing recreationally since I was 3 years old and I recently moved to Houston so I joined the Houston Ballet Guild and Ballet Barre for young professionals as a way to meet friends and go to some great performances. Everyone has been so welcoming, my involvement makes it even more fun to go to shows. I've signed up for many volunteer opportunities and have already been trained to give tours of their beautiful Center for Dance! There are so many opportunities waiting at the Houston Ballet!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014

Hello StaceyFHewitt, Thank you for your comments and for your generosity of time and energy through the Houston Ballet Guild, Ballet Barre, and Building Tours! As you said, there are many opportunities to get involved outside of performances that only enhance the on-stage experience. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events! Best, Houston Ballet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started Ballet Barre: Young Professionals for Houston Ballet, a group that is now five years old and has more than 200 members. The administration--particularly the executive director and the artistic director--have been extremely supportive of this new initiative and have been incredible open minded about recruiting young people.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 08/13/2014

Hello 12Lindsey, Thank you for your comments and for your wonderful work with Ballet Barre. As you are already aware, the group continues to grow and is considered by many to be one of the best young professionals' group in town. We are ready to go for the coming season with a number of events! Check them out here: http://www.houstonballet.org/balletbarre/ Thanks again! Houston Ballet

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Houston Ballet Foundation 08/13/2014

Hello 12Lindsey, Thank you for your comments and for your wonderful work with Ballet Barre. As you are already aware, the group continues to grow and is considered by many to be one of the best young professionals' group in town. We are ready to go for the coming season with a number of events! Check them out here: http://www.houstonballet.org/balletbarre/ Thanks again! Houston Ballet

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization promotes the Arts in a culture that is eliminating the Arts from elementary and high schools, colleges and the media. Houston Ballet programs are presented for the general public, but additionally presented by outreach programs for elementary students, for geriatrics organizations, for specialized communities like Parkinson's patients and Special Education students. Consumers within the Houston Ballet area feel ownership and pride in the organization and support it well. The Houston Ballet is also a presence on Facebook and in the national and international media, including participation in international ballet competitions.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 08/11/2014

Hello Balletsupporter, Thank you for your very kind comments about Houston Ballet. Your comments are a great summary of Houston Ballet's goals to meet the needs of the community with various programming options, most of which are free to the public! We also appreciate your recognition of our social media presence. We have made a concerted effort to increase our activity on multiple different networks including Twitter, Instagram, and others. If you are active on these services, please check us out! Thanks again for your comments! Best, Houston Ballet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet not only provides incredible arts and entertainment but also does wonderful outreach work in Houston. They embrace and are embraced by the people of Houston and the quality of their dance performances is top notch.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 08/11/2014

Hello Mony, Thank you for your review of Houston Ballet and for your feedback. We continue to aim for artistic excellence and exhilarating performances this year, with the American premiere of John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the return of ground-breaking works like Murmuration by Edwaard Liang, and the premiere of Stanton Welch's new Romeo and Juliet. In addition, we aim to continue our great work in the community by surpassing last year's record breaking year which saw over 32,000 individual students in the Houston-area. Thanks again for your comments! Best, Houston Ballet

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended the Open House for the Performing Arts last year in the fall. We signed up for season tickets for the Houston Ballet. Not really knowing what to expect except that we would be seeing ballet, we were BLOWN AWAY with the quality, professional talent of the Houston Ballet!!! The dancers are so talented and professional and from all over the world. The choreography and staging is fresh, exciting, and cutting edge. The scenery, costumes, and lighting are some of the best and finest I have ever experienced. Anyone who either lives in Houston or is just visiting needs to experience the Houston Ballet. I am proud to say I support the Houston Ballet!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello Bitsy, What a wonderful post, thank you. Your comments are particularly exciting because you had never experienced the Houston Ballet before buying season tickets last year. As you can attest, Houston Ballet's performance quality is second to none, and we continue to provide the Houston community with new and exciting works. Bitsy, we look forward to seeing you at the next show! Thanks, Houston Ballet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet just gave a series of wonderful performances in New York City at The Joyce Theater that I was fortunate enough to witness.

The dancers of the company are extraordinarily versatile, with superb classical technique.

The company offers many free performances at Miller Theater and Discovery Green in Houston as well as free performances for inner city Houston students.

You can get tickets to most shows for just $19, so they are very committed to serving the broadest possible audience.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello David E, Thank you for attending the performance in New York City! Not only did we perform in New York City, but this season alone the company will travel to Paris, Chicago and Montreal in what will definitely be a very memorable season. With that said, Houstonians will still have the same amazing opportunities to see Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theater (free), The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (free), and at our home in Wortham Theater Center. Thanks, Houston Ballet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son is living a wonderful experience like a Houston Ballet ^s student, he is very happy there learning more and more each day,he is very happy with his teachers, and all the people working there.He is very far from home (we are from Argentina)but feels like at home,thank you Houston Ballet for given my child the oportunity of live this unforgettable experience!!!!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello lilita201, Thank you for taking the time to express your support for Houston Ballet. As you know, the students in our school are extremely important to us, and we strive everyday to make their Houston Ballet experience a very positive and educational one. Outside of their world-class dance education, the Academy students have access to educational support, physical health support, mental health support, dietary health support, and other outlets that create a very caring environment for all students. Thank you for posting! -Houston Ballet

Ann_73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet Foundation and the Ballet itself, "speak" to all people and across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers by provide opportunities for self-expression that in turn make our city a better place. The Houston Ballet is a blessing and such an inspiration to witness each season.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello Ann_73, Thank you for your very supportive comments. Houston Ballet believes that every student should have the opportunity to dance. Like you, we believe dance helps build tolerance and lends itself to a strong and vibrant community. That is why we have an extensive Education and Outreach department to increase access to dance throughout the Houston community. Thanks again Ann_73. -Houston Ballet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet is a treasure. The opportunities it gives it's dancers are life changing. It encourages our young to dream and strive for excellence with the various outreaches it does. I have seen the sparkle of excitement in children's eyes when they are meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Nutcracker Prince. I heard one little one ask "are they real?"
Personally, when I go to watch Houston Ballet I am NEVER disappointed. While I am there I am transported to another place where I can forget about the world outside and am swept into the world they are creating at that moment. As I said Houston Ballet is a treasure, and we need to cherish it.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello blupeepers, Your comments are very kind, thank you. Your positive experiences at the ballet are a testament to the world-class company members, artistic staff, wardrobe staff, and production team here at Houston Ballet. We look forward to seeing you at future performances and encourage you to tell others about the unforgettable experiences you have at each and every performance. Thank you, Houston Ballet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharing the art of ballet with Houston and beyond, they are an exceptional company, dedicated to their art. With free lectures and performances, as well as opening their doors to the students of Houston and those without the means to afford private classes, they are committed to expanding the public's knowledge of dance as an art form and athletic endeavor, as well as increasing participation.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 11/06/2013

Hello frithhoos, Thank you for your kind comments. We indeed try to expand access to dance in multiple different way. From our free Dance Talks series, to our free Chance to Dance scholarship program, we strive to increase opportunities for students and community members to discover and learn about dance. Thanks again for your support. Best, Houston Ballet

Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to Houston 12 years ago. I have always had a love of the arts and felt passionate about them. I was not making very much money at that time and wanted to see a ballet. Much to my delight the Houston Ballet was doing Peter Pan. Peter Pan is my favorite story. I bought the best seats I could afford. Although they were high up in the balcony there truly is not a bad seat in the house. The production exceeded my expectations. Following the performance I went downstairs to inquire about season tickets. I bought myself a subscription as a belated birthday present. My only regret is I could not afford a weekend night. That being said the Houston Ballet has never let me down. The productions are beautiful and the work they do is amazing. My mom and I go every year to the Nutcracker Market. I cannot imagine a better organization to support.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

Hello heidibalentine, Thank you for your wonderful story. We are so happy that you will have the opportunity to see more ballets throughout the performance season because of your subscription. As you can attest, there are multiple different price points to subscribe. In addition, there are student rush opportunities, under 25 Fridays, senior discounts, and package options for families. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming performances and at the Nutcracker Market! Best, Houston Ballet

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school district has partnered with the Houston Ballet for past four years. We could not ask for a better organization to work with our students. We have had the opportunity to send students to the Houston Ballet as well as have on site instruction for students through a variety of programs. The large majority of students in our district come from socio-economically disadvantaged homes and these programs offer invaluable experiences. We are so grateful for the continuing support shown to us by the Houston Ballet.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

Hello jwebster, Thank you for the kind words. We are happy to have worked with you and your school district for the past four years. As you pointed out, Houston Ballet has many free programs that focus on students who are the most in need of our classes. With your support and the support of others, we can create more invaluable experiences for students many years to come. Best, Houston Ballet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have the Houston Ballet serve our underpriveleged students on campus and at their studio. Last year was our first year to participate in some of the programs they offer, and am grateful they have allowed us to participate again this year in even more programs. Their instructors are extremely knowledgable in working with young and older students. The students love interacting with them, and word spreads fast when they are on campus.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

Hello cheryle.teacher, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Our participation with your school is an ideal scenario where we are teaching your students through multiple different avenues. This is important when creating quality and effective programming and for helping to create audiences of the future! Best, Houston Ballet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet Foundation introduces our young to dance and has launched many a professional dance career.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

Hello blbwillson, Yes, Houston Ballet

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

Hello blbwillson, Yes, Houston Ballet has helped spark the careers of many top-tier dancers. This is possible not only through Houston Ballet Academy, which attracts talent from all over the world, but through outreach programming like Chance to Dance. This program recognizes students in the 1st and 2nd grades who excel in dance and provides scholarships for them to take classes at Houston Ballet Academy. By taking classes in the Houston Ballet Academy, students are given the opportunity to audition for The Nutcracker! Best, Houston Ballet

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Donor

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet has been a part of Houston for many years, but each year they make a bigger impact on the community. The quality of their company and performances is at a world class level. Their outreach programs are bound to have a positive influence in the community and will inspire gifted dancers and other artists in the coming years. Houston Ballet Foundation is a vital part of the energy and beauty of Houston.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/21/2013

bubba2013- Thank you so much for your kind words. Your note does a beautiful job of pointing to some of the key components of our mission, which is, "To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs." We will continue to strive for strong performances, with new and exciting choreography, all while providing world-class educational programming for the youngest dance patrons in our community. Again, thank you. Best, Houston Ballet

Kate45

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet has provided excellent teachers that provide high quality instruction to our students. They provide an unforgettable experience to my students and we are so lucky to have the Houston Ballet!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 01/22/2013

Hello msreyna, Thank you so much for your review. As part of our mission, Houston Ballet strives to provide superb education programs. Through your positive review, you are helping to spread the word that Houston Ballet is fulfilling its mission. Thanks, Houston Ballet

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet has provided wonderful opportunities for our students. Our students have gained confidence through participating in their after school program, and it was incredible for their parents and the rest of the school to see their amazing performance at the end of the semester. Many of our students previously have not been able to participate in dance because of a lack of financial resources, and the Houston Ballet has helped our students explore their interests. Finally, our school has received donations through the Houston Ballet of real dance performance attire. Our students were thrilled when we surprised them with their recital outfits, and they are so grateful for everything the Houston Ballet has done for us!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 01/22/2013

Thank you for the kind words djenke. It is wonderful to hear that Houston Ballet's programming has been so well received at your school. We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to dance, especially that students who do not had the financial capabilities to do so. We hope that Houston Ballet's involvement with your campus will leave a lasting lasting impression on all who participated. Thank you, Houston Ballet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ballet's Educational Outreach Program has been a great experience for our students at Davila Elementary. Ms. Jennifer Sommers has been coming to the school for almost three months and the students enjoyed and learn creative movements. It has been a learning experience that the students will always cherish. Thank you!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 01/25/2013

Hello Brenda Caesar, thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that Houston Ballet's Education Outreach program was so well-received at Davila Elementary. We hope to have many more experiences like it in the future. Best, Houston Ballet Foundation.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 01/25/2013

Hello Brenda Caesar, thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that Houston Ballet's Education Outreach program was so well-received at Davila Elementary. We hope to have many more experiences like it in the future. Best, Houston Ballet.