Houston Ballet Academy has a long-going partnership with American Festival for the Arts (AFA) during the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive Program.
The AFA is a summer music conservatory program very similar to Houston Ballet Academy. Each summer more than 270 students attend AFA taking part in programs including orchestra, jazz, choir, piano, and composition.
Each year, AFA student composers write new contemporary works for performance on our concert series. The AFA and Houston Ballet Academy (HBA) offer a supportive and instructive forum to collaborate on new dance works. In each summer session, between four and six Houston Ballet Academy student choreographers team up with AFA student composers and, over five weeks, complete new ballets all under the guidance of faculty from AFA and HBA. Houston Ballet choreographers use fellow students of the Houston Ballet summer program as the dancers in their piece.