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
By: Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Houston Ballet returned from its Canada tour ready to perform in Houston! The dancers are back in the studio preparing for this weekend’s three FREE performances of Giselle and Clear at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Here to express her excitement about performing Giselle for the first time is Principal Dancer Melody… More FREE Performance at Miller Outdoor Theater – This weekend only!
We’ve got two great events coming up in Houston Ballet’s season, so mark your calendars! Academy Spring Showcase: April 20-21 See the rising stars of Houston Ballet’s professional training school as they showcase their talents. The Spring Showcase is always a great look at future company members “before they were famous”. The repertoire for this… More Save the Date!
Guest Writer: Nao Kusuzaki, Soloist White romantic tutus fill the studios at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, where the company and Houston Ballet II intensely prepare for Ai-Gul Gaisina’s staging of Giselle. “more body forward. The style is very, very important”, “Focus outward and downward”, Ai-Gul and Louise Lester instruct during one of the latest… More Queen of the Wilis: A Conversation with Ai-Gul Gaisina
It’s opening night of Giselle and Indigo! Aren’t the wilis gorgeous?
Guest Writer: Danielle Rowe, Principal Dancer Music is an integral part of my every day life. As a ballet dancer it is my duty to enable the audience to not only hear the music but to also see the music through my movement. When I am not performing or rehearsing, I listen to music for… More What’s Principal Dancer Danielle Rowe listening to?
Guest Writer: Andrew Edmonson, director of marketing and public relations We are very excited to welcome four distinguished guest artists from all over the world to put the finishing touches on the three ballets in Return of the Masters, which opens our 2011-12 season tonight and runs through September 18, and our new production of… More Ready to Start the Season!
Guest writer: Jaclyn Youngblood, Academy intern Arts and crafts aren’t just for elementary school children. Half of the Level 8 students, the highest level at Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program, are taking Set Design for their career studies class. Like its partner course, Costume Design, the Set Design class aims to introduce students to other… More Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: Setting the Stage
Guest Writer: Jaclyn Youngblood, Academy Intern Many dancers look stunning and move flawlessly in costumes, but not all of them understand the decisions that go into costuming a full ballet. Thanks to one of two career studies courses offered at the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program, Wardrobe and Costume Design, some of the Level… More Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: The World of Wardrobe
Guest writer: Melissa Seuffert Corps de ballet member Lauren Ciobanu, a Los Gatos, California native, joined Houston Ballet this season. Ms. Ciobanu trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and moved up the ranks to principal dancer at Sarasota Ballet before relocating to Houston. Here she tells us a little more about… More Dancer Spotlight: Lauren Ciobanu