Photo by: Bruce Bennett
For two weeks each fall and spring, Houston-area students are invited to Houston Ballet Center for Dance for a free educational performance by Houston Ballet II (HBII) and pre-professional students. Dancers perform Around the World in 7 Dances in the fall and Dancing In Texas in the spring.
Around the World in 7 Dances teaches the history, culture, and music of the seven continents through ballet, including excerpts from Konservatoriet, The Nutcracker, and Long and Winding Road.
Dancing in Texas shows the evolution of dance through ballets choreographed by Houston Ballet's Artistic Director Stanton Welch. Accompanying the narration, HBII dancers perform selections from Welch's Napoli, Swan Lake, and Tales of Texas - providing students with examples of both classical and contemporary ballet.
At the end of each performance, the audience engages in a question and answer session where all of the dancers are introduced. This allows students to hear first-hand what it is like to be dancer, how they accomplish school while dancing all day, the difference between pointe shoes and ballet slippers, how they change costumes so fast, and other interesting facts.
To register for Around the World in 7 Dances, click here.
To register for Dancing in Texas, click here.