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Academy Spring Showcase

Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy Spring Showcase

"Don't let the student label fool you. Most of these 'pre-professionals' have been perfecting their art for more than a decade.” – Houston Chronicle

They've performed on stages in Australia, Guatemala, Hungary and Mexico, and have been honored at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. In fact, these young dancers are so exceptionally skilled, it's hard to believe they're students. Yet they train at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. Whether they're performing scenes from well-known ballets or new works created especially for them, the young dancers represent the future of ballet, a future that looks to be very bright indeed. Can you spot the stars of tomorrow?

The program that they will perform showcases their versatility and unique talents.  For the first time, these young dancers will perform George Balanchine’s exquisitely romantic 1934 masterwork, Serenade, set to Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. David Lichine’s Graduation Ball is a comic, high spirited depiction of the adventures of a group of cadets who come to court the young women at a ball at a fashionable finishing school in Vienna in the 1840s.  The program will close with Stanton Welch's classical showpiece Studies, showcasing students from all levels of the Academy.

7:00 PM on Friday, April 25, 2014
1:30 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Serenade (1934)
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Costumes executed by RayDelle Robbins, after Karinska
Lighting by Tony Tucci

Graduation Ball (1940)
Music by Johann Strauss II, arranged by Antal Dorati
Choreography by David Lichine Antal Doráti.

Choreography by Stanton Welch


Age Recommendation: at least 3 years of age

Performance in the Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street.

Ballet: A Time to Dance
Dancers: Jacquelyn Long
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar