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Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet is celebrating its 40th anniversary -- and you're invited. Join us for a lavish new production of the grand classic La Bayadère, choreographed by our own artistic director Stanton Welch. You'll also fete the introduction of five additional works into the repertoire, including masterpieces by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián and American greats Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. Houston Ballet's 2009-2010 season. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Since his arrival as director of Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy in 2003, Stanton Welch has had a profound influence on the students of the academy, specifically with his increased standard of excellence, his involvement with each level of the academy, his working relationship with teachers and his vision of what the academy means to Houston Ballet itself.

This high standard of training has been recognized internationally. In 2010, Emanuel Amuchastegui, 18, a native of Argentina and a student at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, won the coveted Prix de Lausanne ballet competition, a four-day competition in Switzerland among 70 elite pre-professional dancers ages 15-18 from across the world. Academy student Aaron Sharratt, 17, placed fifth in the 2010 competition, winning a scholarship to cover a year's worth of study at an international ballet school. And Xiang Liao, a student from Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy who was born in China, advanced to the final round of the competition. In 2009, Sebastian Vinet, an Academy student originally hailing from Chile, won a 6th prize at the Prix de Lausanne.

To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.

In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as:

  • *A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.

  • *A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form.

  • *An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences.

  • *A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers.

  • * A company with state of the art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations.

School name:Houston Ballet
Address:501 Texas Ave. at Smith Street.
Zip & city:77019 Texas

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