Behind the scenes of Houston Ballet’s Academy

Guest writer: Mandy Kolkhorst, Academy administrative assistant

The Academy has just finished a weekend full of rehearsals, two performances, make-up, bobby pins, and lots of hairspray.  The annual Academy Spring Showcase was held on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th in the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center.  Over the last few weeks, we have been very busy planning and organizing everything from flowers, tights, leotards, make-up, rehearsal schedules, programs, and much more.  The Academy administrative staff made sure that every last detail was covered.  With over 175 students that made up two casts, we had our hands full!  Both performances were a great success and all of the students did an outstanding job!  We would like to thank all of the parents and students for their hard work and cooperation in making each rehearsal and performance run smoothly. 

The Academy will now focus on the end of the spring semester and the upcoming Summer Intensive Program.  As we close out the 2007-2008 year, we will begin registering students for the upcoming 2008-2009 year.  Registration forms will be sent out to all current students, including pre-school, open class, and main school.  The next Academy performance will be on May 12th in Houston Ballet’s Studio A.  It will feature children from the open ballet and jazz classes, as well as students in levels 5 through 8 of the main school and Houston Ballet II.  There are a few more Houston Ballet II performances in the month of May, including one at Discovery Green on May 14th and a performance with the Houston Symphony on May 21st. 

Starting on June 16th, the Academy will become home to about 185 students for six weeks for the Summer Intensive Program.  Students will come here from all across the country and world to train and take classes in a variety of styles, including ballet technique, pas de deux, modern, character, jazz, social dancing, pilates and more.  At the end of the six weeks, the students will perform a variety of repertory that is learned over the summer.  These performances give students’ families and friends a chance to see what they have learned and how they have grown as a dancer.

Life in the Academy is never boring, as we move from one thing to next!

-Mandy

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