Houston Ballet

GHCVB Member
(713) 523-6300
Wortham Theater Center | 500 Texas Avenue | Houston, TX 77002
Downtown

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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  • March 21, 2019 - March 24, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    Presented by The Houston Ballet March 21 - 24, 2019 Program Details: Houston Ballet Premiere Come In I Choreographer: Aszure Barton I Music:...
  • March 21, 2019 - March 24, 2019
    Houston Ballet - Wortham Theater | 601 Prairie | Houston, TX 77002
    Houston Ballet is committed to bringing new work to the Houston community. This program will feature a world premiere by young, dynamic...
  • May 17, 2019 - May 26, 2019
    Houston Ballet - Wortham Theater | 601 Prairie | Houston, TX 77002
    Houston Ballet is thrilled to bring back a the classic comic ballet Coppelia. This adventure of a young girl Swanhilda is chock full of...
  • May 17, 2019 - May 26, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    Presented by The Houston Ballet May 17 - 26, 2019 Choreographer: Ben Stevenson OBE , after Arthur Saint-Leon I Music: Leo Delibes We’re...
  • May 17, 2019 - May 26, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    We’re excited to bring back Coppélia, a Houston Ballet treasure created by former Artistic Director Ben Stevenson OBE. The story follows...
  • May 31, 2019 - June 9, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    Presented by The Houston Ballet May 31 - June 9, 2019 Choreographer: Ronald Hynd I Music: Franz Lehár The Merry Widow returns to Houston...
  • June 14, 2019 - June 23, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    History becomes HERstory as Marie returns to the Wortham in grand fashion to close our 2018/19 season. The past unfolds in this dramatic...
  • June 14, 2019 - June 23, 2019
    501 Texas Ave | Houston, TX 77002
    Presented by The Houston Ballet June 14-23, 2019 Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM I Music: Dmitri Shostakovich , arranged by Ermanno Florio...
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