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Summer Curriculum

Summer Curriculum

Houston Ballet Academy Class

Innovative and Challenging Summer Curriculum

During the summer, students spend six days a week focusing on their ballet technique, learning classical variations and repertory, and taking supplementary classes such as modern, jazz, character, musical theater, social dancing, film making, and drama. Not only will our students enjoy a rigorous dance schedule, their summer study will also be enhanced by courses in nutrition, pilates, and weight training.

Level 8 students will also take a class in career studies, exploring other job opportunities in dance. Courses may include health and physical therapy, wardrobe, costume and stage design, as well as an overview of arts administration.

The summer will finish with performances for the upper-level six-week program students, or observation classes for the three-week students, showcasing the talent, artistry, and development of our participants. 

Choreography Experience

Through a 15-year collaboration with the American Festival for the Arts, Level 8 students will also have the opportunity to work closely with young composers in producing an original work. This "world-premiere" is an invaluable experience offering students the chance to explore the techniques and challenges of creating, rehearsing and performing short pieces of original choreography. 

AFA Students

Emphasis On Nutrition

The Summer Intensive Program will feature specially designed meals for dancers at the University of St. Thomas dorms. This fresh approach to dormitory dining will provide full synthesis between what the students are learning in their nutrition classes and the choices they make in the dining hall. 

Sample Nutrition Class Presentations:

Summer Intensive Week 4 - Level 5-8 Nutrition Presentation.

Download Nutrition Presentation Week 1


Want to know more about our curriculum? Sample Student Schedule (Levels 5-8) *subject to change at any time

Sample Student Schedule (Levels 1-4, 4PP) *subject to change at any time

 Preschool Summer Schedule 


Please find casting here.
(Updated as of 7-8-14)

• Ticket pricing is $15 for adults and $8 for children/students.
• Please call 713/522-5538 to purchase tickets, M-F, 9am-5pm CST.
• All students have (2) reserved tickets for the performance(s) listed until July 16 at 5:00pm CST ONLY.
• If available, parents will be able to purchase additional tickets on a first come, first serve basis starting July 17 at 9:00am CST.
• Tickets will be available for will-call pickup on Thursday July 24 and Friday July 25 before/after observation times and one hour before performance time in the lobby of the Houston Ballet Center for Dance.

Should you have a question regarding the specific performance assigned for your child, or if your child's name is misspelled (this list will be used for the program), please contact Yahudi Castaneda at ycastaneda@houstonballet.org .
Note casting decisions are made by artistic staff and are non-negotiable.



Photos of Houston Ballet Academy Students by Cameron Durham.