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Houston Ballet will receive $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

November 23, 2010

Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that Houston Ballet  has been approved for a grant of $50,000 to support the world premiere of a new work by the celebrated Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo and the American premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Grinning in Your Face, two works featured as part of the spring repertory program Raising the Barre, running May 26 – June 5, 2011.

Houston Ballet is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide.  An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. 

The National Endowment for the Arts has a generous two-decade history of supporting projects at Houston Ballet with substantial gifts.  Most recently in 2010, the NEA awarded Houston Ballet $50,000 for the company premieres of Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free and George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina.  For more information on the National Endowment for the Arts, visit their web site at


Recap from Houston Ballet Ball’s Kick-Off Party

November 11, 2010

Houston Ballet patrons gathered at Festari for Men on October 5 to kick off the 2011 Ballet Ball, themed Designed to Dance. Kick-off Chairmen Beth and Bryan Muecke planned, alongside host Debbie Festari, a fabulous reception including light bites from RDG and Belvedere cocktails. Festari for Men, featuring the finest in made-to-measure and ready-to-wear men’s fashions, provided a scene of contemporary elegance at their storefront in BLVD PLACE.

Kickoff Chairman Beth Muecke with Host Debbie Festari PWL Studio

Kick-Off Chairman Beth Muecke with Host Debbie Festari. Photo courtesy of PWL Studio.

Guests included Honoree Rose Cullen, Dancing with the Houston Stars celebrities Phoebe Tudor and Diane Lokey Farb, along with other prominent Ballet patrons including Mary Alice and Michael Parmet, Diane and Phil Bazelides, Merrill and Joe Hafner, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Mickey Rosmarin, Kathy McCord, Katie Cullen, and Melza and Ted Barr.

Chairman Jo Furr(right) with Honoree Rose Cullen at Festari PWL Studio

Chairman Jo Furr (right) with Honoree Rose Cullen at Festari. Photo courtesy of PWL Studio.

Chairmen Jo and Jim Furr toasted the crowd of more than one hundred, graciously thanking all supporters. Jo and Jim encourage you to secure your tables/seats soon to enjoy a fabulous evening at the Designed to Dance Houston Ballet Ball on February 19, 2011. You’ll enjoy a not-to-be missed auction, dine on sumptuous Jackson & Company cuisine while surrounded by a spectacular environment by Richard Flowers and The Events Co. Get your tickets and “design yourself” to dance the night away with the amazing retro sounds of the Washington D.C. band Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Orchestra.

 For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2011 Ballet Ball, contact Colleen Wade at 713.535.3276 or email


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