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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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The Nutcracker

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • November 28, 2014 - December 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. There are s... View Details

Jubilee of Dance

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • December 05, 2014 - December 05, 2014

A fast-paced tour of programs past and programs yet to come, the annual Jubilee of Dance showcases the depth and range of the extraordinary Houston B... View Details

Love Lies Bleeding

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The undeniable joy of pop rock meets the breathtaking athleticism of ballet in Love Lies Bleeding, a celebration of the music of rock legend Sir Elto... View Details

Romeo and Juliet

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • February 26, 2015 - March 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)

It's been 28 years since Houston Ballet staged a new production of Romeo and Juliet but Stanton Welch's interpretation of this most famed love story ... View Details

Modern Masters

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • March 12, 2015 - March 22, 2015 (Recurring daily)

From the rapid precision of George Balanchine's Ballo Della Regina to the poignant story telling of Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat ... View Details

Spring Showcase

  • Location: Brown Theater
  • Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • April 24, 2015 - April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The annual Spring Showcase features the gifted young artists of the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, at every level of training. Whether they're... View Details

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

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