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Houston Ballet

  • Wortham Theater Center
    500 Texas Avenue
    Houston TX 77002
  • Neighborhood:Downtown
  • Phone: (713) 523-6300

Houston Ballet, the fourth largest ballet company in the country, has been hailed by The New York Times as "...one of the nation's best ballet companies."

The ballet's 115,000-square-foot, $47 million Center for Dance building opened in downtown Houston in April 2011. It is the largest professional dance company facility of its kind constructed in the U.S. The six-story building, designed by Gensler, incorporates sustainable features throughout nine dance studios, a dance lab that seats 200 for performances as well as rehearsals, and artistic, administrative and support facilities. The building more than doubles the space Houston Ballet had at its former home.

The Houston Ballet Foundation was founded in 1955 to create a resident ballet company and to start a school which would train its dancers. Houston Ballet Academy was founded that same year, and the professional company was founded in 1969 under the direction of Nina Popova, a former dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theatre.

Ben Stevenson served as artistic director from 1976 to 2003 and transformed the company into an internationally renowned troupe, making stars of principal dancers Janie Parker, Li Cunxin, Carlos Acosta and Lauren Anderson. Stevenson's full-length ballets, including Cleopatra, Dracula, The Snow Maiden and Cinderella, remain in the company's repertoire.

Australian choreographer Stanton Welch assumed the helm in 2003 and is credited for his contemporary, edgy ballets, including a new world premiere of Swan Lake and his signature ballet, Divergence.

Throughout its extraordinary growth period, Houston Ballet's operating expenses have grown from less than $1 million in 1975 to over $16 million today. In May 1987, the company launched an ambitious endowment drive. Houston Ballet's endowment stands at over $53 million, making it one of the largest endowments of any dance company in the United States.

Houston Ballet performs at the Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston.

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Morris, Welch, and Kylián

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • May 28, 2015 - May 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Houston Ballet's Summer Repertory program features three of the most dynamic and musical choreographers working today: world premieres by Stanton Wel... View Details

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • June 11, 2015 - June 21, 2015 (Recurring daily)

With her independent spirit and tempestuous nature, Katherina is anything but the obedient bride of Petruchio's dreams. Their marriage is a battle of... View Details

Manon

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • September 10, 2015 - September 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A modern classic, Manon charts the romantic adventures of an irresistibly beautiful femme fatale and her one true love, the impoverished student Des G... View Details

Fall Mixed Repertory Program

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • September 24, 2015 - October 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Houston Ballet's fall mixed repertory program will showcase the best of contemporary choreography. Back after twelve years is Christopher Bruce's Gho... View Details

The Nutcracker

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • November 27, 2015 - December 27, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. J... View Details

The Sleeping Beauty

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • February 25, 2016 - March 06, 2016 (Recurring daily)

In celebration of his 80th birthday, Houston Ballet will revive Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson's spectacular staging of The Sleeping Beauty,... View Details

Winter Mixed Repertory Program (Featuring West Side Story)

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • March 10, 2016 - March 20, 2016 (Recurring daily)

In its winter repertory program, Houston Ballet introduces three masterpieces into the company's repertory in a thrilling evening of dance. Dyad 1929 ... View Details

Academy Spring Showcase

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • April 22, 2016 - April 23, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The gifted young artists of Houston Ballet Academy cap their studies with two performances of a program featuring works tailor-made to show them at th... View Details

Spring Mixed Repertory Program

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • May 26, 2016 - June 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Houston Ballet's Spring Repertory is powerhouse program, pairing two twentieth century masterpieces with the company premiere of a delightfully comic ... View Details

Giselle

  • Location: Houston Ballet
  • Address: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX 77002
  • June 09, 2016 - June 19, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Houston Ballet caps its 2015-16 season with a lavish new production of Giselle, staged by Stanton Welch, the company's first new production of this gr... View Details

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