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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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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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

1 FierceDancer15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Keisha Bussey
Carter Academy

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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.

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Rating: 5

I teach in a school where student exposure to the Arts is limited. When I first proposed the idea of an after school dance program with the Houston Ballet, my principal was skeptical but relented when I promised to take care of all the details. The Houston Ballet provided two dancers/teachers and a pianist who met with the students weekly. They taught the students so much more than dance -- they taught respect, discipline, manners, cooperation, science and responsibility. When the students performed for their families and teachers, they brought the house down. Their most enthusiastic supporter turned out to be the principal who could not praise their efforts enough. This was a wonderful opportunity and I would gladly have the Houston Ballet on our campus all year, year after year.

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Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet has given the students at Bush elementary an amazing opportunity! The class is fun, engaging, and most of all rewarding. The parents and students are truly grateful, as many of the students have never been able to afford dance lessons. We have been more than happy with the staff and their positive attitudes towards the students. We look forward to working with the Houston Ballet in the near future!
Again, thank you for the opportunity.
Regards,
Ms. Estavan- After School Program Site Coordinator

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Houston Ballet Foundation 07/20/2016

Dear Writer, Your review affirms the successful outcomes of Houston Ballet's educational initiatives. We aim to inspire a new generation of arts enthusiasts inside and outside the studio. We are so grateful we had the chance to work with the wonderful students of Bush Elementary!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet's Outreach program has been inspiring and educating students at Klein Oak High School since 2007. I can't say enough about the energy, the knowledge, the professionalism and outright love given by Lauren Anderson and the many other staff members. I am proud to say that my hometown ballet company provides such beautiful outreach work for all levels necessary! Thank you HB!!!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 07/20/2016

Dear Writer, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with Houston Ballet's Education and Community Engagement (ECE) department. Overall, each season we strive to bring engaging arts educational programs to as many schoolchildren as possible. We are grateful for the talented individuals that help run our educational initiatives, and Ms. Lauren Anderson is a prominent leader who facilitates the success of these important programs with the rest of our ECE team.

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Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet brings a world of opportunity to students who could never afford to take classes at the Academy. Their high energy choreography helps bring out the best in all our students. Our most timid students have blossomed and become active learners in both dance and in the classroom.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 07/20/2016

Dear Writer, We are very grateful our Education and Community Engagement departments' efforts are successful in sharing meaningful educational opportunities through dance as an art form. Dance truly is an art form that promotes learning and development important to every child's well-rounded education. Thank you for taking the time to share your testimony!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just want to say that to go to a ballet at the Wortham Center, and see these world renowned dancers is a delight to the mind, body and spirit! The performances take you away to a remarkable place and gives you pure joy. The whole experience is unforgettable. The Houston Ballet does everything exceptionally well and is a treasure for the Houston area.
Sandy

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014

Hello sandrea61, Thank you for your wonderful testimonial. We work hard to create that experience for each and every one of our patrons so that they can walk away feeling the same magic that you feel at a performance. We know it's worth every bit of energy when we read reviews like yours. We look forward to seeing you future performances. Thanks! -Houston Ballet

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet comes to many of the KIPP Houston High Schools to make a difference in Dance Programming and training. At KIPP Generations Collegiate, they have donated costumes, trained classes and dance teams in ballet and modern, provided field trip venues where students could experience live ballets and much more. We are very grateful for their Education and Outreach program without which our students would have a less considerable dance experience. The costumes and training have made the dancers feel comfortable and elegant. The students also feel more connected to dance in their community.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014

Hello ritacococlark, Thank you for your kind words. Your experience with Houston Ballet reaffirms our commitment to offering programming that meets your needs inside and outside the dance studio. The increased exposure to performances, training, and even costumes hopefully helps create an new generation of dance enthusiasts! We look forward to working with your students at KIPP Generation again soon! Best, Houston Ballet

1 Michael270

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Director of a pediatric outpatient rehabilitation facility. Jennifer Sommers of the Houston Ballet Outreach Program has been leading a movement class at my facility for 6 weeks. Enrolled in the course are a range of children varying degrees of neuromuscular, physical, cognitive, and communication deficits. I also participated in the class with a patient who has autism. Miss Jennifer made the activities in the class creative, not too difficult, applicable for each child, and MOST OF ALL, FUN! Each child demonstrated increased mastery of each routine in the class. Miss Jennifer gave special attention to those who needed it. The children, families, and staff here so greatly appreciate Miss Jennifer and the outreach efforts of the Houston Ballet. We thank you very much!

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Houston Ballet Foundation 10/28/2014

Hello Michael270, Thank you for your extremely kind comments. Miss Jennifer is an excellent member of our Education & Outreach team and her work at facilities like yours is very special. Houston Ballet believes that every child should have the opportunity to dance, which is why we take existing education programs and adapt them to populations with specific needs through our Adapted Dance program. As you saw with your group, dance classes in this program emphasize strength, flexibility and balance while encouraging creative expression and teamwork. Thanks again for your kind words. Best, Houston Ballet

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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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

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.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our first year working the the wonderful people at the Houston Ballet and it was AWESOME! The students learned so much and were so enthuastic that it it inspired me to attempt to present our version of the Nutcracker as our Winter Showcase for our parents and school administration. The performance was so special!:) We used all of the things that Ms. Lauren taught us and put it all together with a lot of love and lots of safety pins and made it the best showcase ever!:) Everyone at the Houston Ballet is so sweet to the students and welcoming to all of us. Thank you sooooo much Lauren and Mr. Cobb. Our students will never forget this experience.

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Houston Ballet Foundation 01/25/2013

Hello MickeyMouse, Thank you for the kind words about our programming. We are excited to hear that your experience with our Education Outreach teachers prompted more opportunities for students to learn the beauty and grace of life through dance. Please keep up the great work and always feel free to contact us with programming requests and ideas! Best, Houston Ballet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet has brought a great amount of joy to our students every year that they provide thier services to our students. Without them our students would never get a chance to receive these classes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with at-risk students. We don't have much, but what we do have we work for. I've been blessed to witness my students interact and absorb what the Houston Ballet has to offer (they are so generous to us!) Working with Alex Arizpe, Chase Cobb, Lauren Anderson and Jennifer Sommers so far has been the most delightful experience. They are passionate about what they do, and they certainly know what they are doing because of it! I'm grateful to the organization and all of those mentioned previously for sharing such love for dance with my students and myself. It has broadened our dance horizons immensely, and I will continue to work towards bringing them back to us again and again!

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Rating: 5

Houston Ballet is an excellent organization. Their educational outreach is phenomenal. My students (at public high school) and I enjoyed their program very much. Thank you for giving this great opportunity to students who otherwise would not be exposed to dance at all.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet is an amazing organization. We rightfully count our ballet company among the top five in the country, and among the top ten in the world-- impressive standing for a city perhaps better known for oil production and cowboys! We educate thousands of younsters in dance, and we reach out to the school communities for "conversations" about ballet. The most vivid recent achievement for the Ballet is the new Center for Dance, located across from the Wortham Center and connected by a sky-bridge. This building is fitting tribute to a world-class company that represents the best of our city-- high achievers perfecting their art at the top of their field. I'm proud to be affiliated as a Board member, volunteer and ballet afficiando.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Houston Ballet is a truly international company, perfect for such a cosmopolitan city. The dancers come to us from all over the world and the repertory (six different programs each season plus 30 performances of The Nutcracker) includes ballets by the world's best choreographers, both classical and cutting edge. Artistic director Stanton Welch, an Australian, has choreographed both classical and contemporary ballets (Madame Butterfly, Marie, The Four Seasons, Divergence, Velocity, etc.) for Houston Ballet and other major companies (e.g. San Francisco Ballet). He directs both the company and the school (Ben Stevenson Academy). Students from the school have won top prizes at international ballet competitions. Audiences love the company's performances. The company's new Center for Dance opens spring 2011 and will be the largest dance facility in the nation, enhancing Houston's vibrant performing arts scene even further. Houston is so lucky to have Houston Ballet!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Working for the Houston Ballet was an absolute joy. The working enviroment was professional, yet we all worked together like a family. The work that HB does within the Houston community can be clearly seen within their Education and Outreach programming and through their season performances. I will always value the time spent as an employee at Houston Ballet.

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Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet Foundation is an excellent organization. Lauren Anderson was the person who came to Crockett Elem. to work with our children. She had such a postive attitude and taught not only the children but me as well how to dance. My students are from a low income area and would never have gotten the opportunity to practice ballet. With this foundation it opened up door for them. Eventhough the ballet is over for my school the girls are still running around doing the steps that they learned from Ms. Anderson. Not only did Ms. Anderson teach at our school but the kids got a chance to go to the Houston Ballet facility and learn dance from Ms. Anderson. I wish you could have seen their faces when they saw the ballet shoes, outfits and pictures of the ballerinas on the wall. I was totally impressed with the facility myself. The students even got a chance to meet some of the ballerinas, what an awesome experience!!! The Houston Ballet Foundation has made a lot of children dream dreams and know that one day those dreams of becoming a ballerina could come true. Thanks soooo much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Houston Ballet's Educational Outreach Program reaches out to Browning Elementary School for two years. Students in grades K-5 who might not be exposed to dance or the ballet benefit greatly. One program a ballerina brought out costumes and played video bits from a ballet and taught the kids how to 'view' a story told through dance. Another program we have prima ballerinas, like Lauren Anderson, who come out a teach one class for ten to twelve weeks. The students learn creative movements, ballet poses, stretch and posture. Wow, Houston Ballet's generous gifts of time and talent make Browning a school where children excel.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The dance students in our high school receive master classes from both Lauren Anderson and Alex Arispe. Classes include classical ballet and social dance spanning the decades.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The opportunity for the students at Emerson Elementary to engage is dance was fantastic! Our students not only had the experience of learning and enjoying the nuances of dance, but now have a greater appreciation and understanding of the discipline involved in the art of dance. I believe it is is a learning experience that they will always cherish. Hopefully, they will have further opportunities to engage in dance or simply be part of an appreciative audience in the future. Our parents keep calling to thank us for providing this opportunity for their children! Thank you Houston Ballet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having the Houston Ballet instruct our students was like a dream come true! Houston Ballet has helped instill the love of dance in all of our students. With encouragement and praise, the disciplines learned will last for a lifetime. Students enjoyed every minute. Ms. Lauren Anderson makes every student feel special. With a gentle 'firmness', she helps them to excel. She is so graceful, but yet so powerful. Thanks to Houston Ballet, you have changed their lives forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

This program is awesome, they provide so much support to our students. They open up a new world that our students could only imagine before they came, our students love the teachers that come out to spent time with them and teach them new skills.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the Houston Ballet Outreach program at my school for the past 2 years. The organiztion is very professional and they really impact the students here at my school. The students are always excited when Wednesday comes becuase they know that they are about to have fun and most importantly learn something new!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an after-school girls club and, after many bad experiences with area providers, invited the HB to come out and work with my girls. This has been the most wonderful organization to work with. The program was easy to implement and the volunteer instructor is awesome with my students. They absolutely love her! I can not express how pleased and appreciative I am of this program. It has been the best self-esteem booster for these young ladies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are very fortunate to have Lauren Anderson as our instructor for classical ballet. This is our second semester to have the program and our students absolutely love it. They have grown so much from this experience and exposure to the arts. The Houston Ballet Outreach program has provided our students with an opportunity that would be beyond the reach of many. Our students come from low SES backgrounds and are on free or reduced lunch at school. Unfortunately, their circumstances would not allow them this priveledge if not provided through the outreach program. We are extremely grateful for this educational experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an inner city school serving mostly economically disadvantaged families whose children are enrolled in this school, our students were very fortunate to have had the experience of learning dance letters from Houston Ballet Artists. Grades 1 & 2 students were invited to visit the Houston Ballet studio every week to learn classical ballet. Even bus transportation was provided for the students. Grades 3, 4 & 5 students had the opportunity to learn dances at our campus each week. Also we had Ballet Talk programs organized by Houston Ballet to promote awareness of Ballet to all students in our school. Our entire school community has been greatly blessed through their outreach program. We have issued a school newsletter entirely devoted to this productive partnership

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jessup has been so blessed with the presence of the Houston Ballet. They have made a major impact on our students.Their interaction with our students has made a world of difference in their behavior and self esteem.Teachers and parents alike have commented on how well the students are coming along for the better.The dance instructors have been exceptional they fit in perfect with the children and have become a part of the Jessup family.I can only hope that you will continue to support the Educational Outreach Program from the Houston Ballet.