The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

Artistic Director Stanton Welch has crafted a new production of Giselle with sets and costume designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. For this production, Mr. Welch handpicked principal dancer Yuriko Kajiya as his muse for the iconic role of Giselle. For this blog post we’ll be digging into our archives to showcase four of the past Houston Ballet ballerinas who’ve portrayed Giselle, the loving country girl and supernatural wili. … More The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

A Visual Glossary for WINGS OF WAX & DYAD 1929

This is an especially exciting program featuring three ballets which are Houston Ballet premieres, as well as one esteemed choreographer making his Houston Ballet debut. Today, we will discuss Jirí Kylián’s Wings of Wax and Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1929. This visual glossary for Wings of Wax and Dyad 1929 will help to familiarize you with these works. … More A Visual Glossary for WINGS OF WAX & DYAD 1929

Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 2

It’s our Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson’s 80th birthday this year! On February 16, we helped him celebrate with an informative and fun ‘Dance Talk’ at our Center for Dance. With Lauren Anderson at his side, he delighted our audience and staff with stories about his time in dance. When asked what inspires him, he simple repeated, “Music, music, music.” With so many ballet productions and reconstructions, ever wondered which historic version of The Sleeping Beauty Houston Ballet’s production derives from? Read on and you’ll soon find out! In part two of this two-part blog post, we dig into our archives and share some fun facts and photos about Ben Stevenson and his cherished production of The Sleeping Beauty now running at the Wortham Theater until March 6.… More Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 2

Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 1

When discussing The Sleeping Beauty Ben Stevenson once fondly remarked, “We all need a certain amount of beauty and love in our lives.” With such an opulent history in literature, music, film, opera, and ballet, this classic fairy tale continues to enchant audiences and stand the test of time. In part one of this special two-part blog post, we’ll take a deeper look into the ballet’s historic past and present as Houston Ballet prepares to perform Ben Stevenson’s cherished production of The Sleeping Beauty from February 25 to March 6.… More Researching THE SLEEPING BEAUTY part 1

A Unique Exercise For Any Level of Fitness – Houston Ballet Academy’s Pilates Barre Class

Guest writer: Houston Ballet Education Marketing & PR Coordinator, Christina Bielstein

I could count on one hand the number of sporadic Pilates classes I’d taken throughout my life. I was unfamiliar with terms and body positions, and I was nervous about entering a class even labeled for beginners. As a staff member, I was tempted to try one of Houston Ballet Academy’s adult classes, but I was too uneasy to ever make the commitment. All of that changed however, when I entered Sarah Yarbrough’s Pilates Barre class. From the minute students walked in, she tried to make everyone in class feel comfortable – asking each student about individual injuries or limitations so she could tailor the class for our specific needs.… More A Unique Exercise For Any Level of Fitness – Houston Ballet Academy’s Pilates Barre Class

Education and Community Engagement’s X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! Program – A Teaching Assistant’s Journey

Education and Community Engagement is thrilled to announce the start of its new X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! program (formerly HBASP) this week on Tuesday, January 19. Lindsey Ho, a 10th grader from St. John’s School in Houston shares her joys and experiences of working with students in the program last semester.… More Education and Community Engagement’s X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! Program – A Teaching Assistant’s Journey

A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s THE NUTCRACKER

By Jessica Maria MacFarlane On a snowy night in 1892, The Nutcracker (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Balletmaster Lev Ivanov) made its first appearance at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a dazzling original score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and classical ballet choreography, The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition in the… More A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s THE NUTCRACKER

2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz”

Guest writer: Alyssa Springer Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz.” It was another successful year, full of glitz and glamour to commemorate the 35th annual event, this year honoring all Nutcracker Market shoppers. The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is a signature fundraising event… More 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz”

HOUSTON BALLET’S FALL MIXED REPERTORY PROGRAM: DANCER’S PERSPECTIVE

From September 24-October 4, 2015, Houston Ballet presents its Fall Mixed Repertory Program featuring Stanton Welch’s Tapestry, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, and Garrett Smith’s Reveal. Here to discuss this exciting contemporary showcase program and share her experience is Soloist Nao Kusuzaki. —————————————————————————————– In Houston Ballet’s Fall Mixed Repertory Program, which pieces are you performing in? I will be… More HOUSTON BALLET’S FALL MIXED REPERTORY PROGRAM: DANCER’S PERSPECTIVE