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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

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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Volunteer

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.