Houston Ballet

In our August/September issue, Pointe asked a handful of directors what they feel is missing from pre-professional training today. The group found many holes—from a lack of professionalism to a need for more articulate pointework. Here, Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch offers his view.

 

What's a better springtime treat than some ballet alfresco? Texan dance lovers are in luck: Houston Ballet will present three free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park on May 11, 12 and 13 at 8 pm. The company will dance excerpts of Giselle, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire. Grab your free tickets (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between 10:30 am and 1 pm.

 

Maddy Graupmann checks in with Pointe from the end of Houston Ballet's summer intensive.

 

Houston Ballet student Maddy Graupmann checks in from her fifth week of the summer intensive.

 

This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country are sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Maddy Graupmann recounts a typical day iat Houston Ballet.

 

So maybe some of y’all are wondering, “What exactly do the students at Houston Ballet do on a typical day?” Well, let’s see…

           

This summer, a handful of students attending summer intensives around the country will be sharing their experiences with Pointe. Here, Maddy Graupmann recounts her first few days at Houston Ballet.

 

Hello! I'm Maddy Graupmann and I am 17 and a level 7 student in Houston Ballet's Summer Intensive. This is my second summer in Houston and I just completed the year-round program there as well.

 

Houston Ballet's Hitomi Takeda with trainer Mike Howard

Photo by Amitava Sarkar

Published December 16, 2009
Houston Ballet has found a good fit with Stanton Welch as artistic director.more »

Photographed by Drew Donovan

Sara Webb in costume for Julia Adam’s The Accidental

Photo by Amitava Sarkar