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"The first student I sent to the Houston Ballet Summer program 2001 was my son Connor Walsh, now a Principal dancer with the Houston Ballet. The summer program was the stepping stone to his choice of a career as a professional dancer... Our studio knows it is important to send [our students] to a well rounded program. We know they will have a wonderful time, meetlifelong friends andexperiencethe exciting challenge of theprogram. Having fun, working hard, loving dance is a summer at Houston Ballet."

Constance Walsh
BalletNova Center for Dance
Falls Church, VA

"Thank you for providing a fabulous dance education experience for American ballet students! Our dancers who attended your summer intensive program in 2011 benefited from the high standards your teachers set in each class. The students came back with new enthusiasm and excitement. Your new facilities are superb, and the 2012 faculty is sure to continue providing excellent instruction!"

Salwa Rizkalla
Artistic Director
Festival Ballet Theatre

"Coming to the States and working with the Houston Ballet is such a treat for me. This company has everything that I look for to enjoy my work. Fast learners, a great sense of musicality and coordination, very strong technique, a good working spirit, and above all, wonderful artists. Stanton Welch is feeding his company with his wonderful choreographies and a brilliant repertoire which allows his dancers to show their versatility."

Yannick Boquin
Former principal dancer with Bonn Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Rome Opera Ballet and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

"After working with Houston Ballet for a week, I found the technical quality and artistry very high and impressive. Some students that I've seen before have improved tremendously. I really hope every student who hopes for a career in dance would be able to come to Houston Ballet-especially during the summer program where everything is intensified, and would bring new and innovative ways to move and grow as a performer."

Carlos Dos Santos, Jr.
Former principal dancer Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Complexions, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (US); Grupo Salto, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves, and DanceBrazil (Brazil), where he also served as a rehearsal director


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