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JANUARY 24, 2010                                                         KIM ESPINOSA
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Company Moves into New Center for Dance,
Largest Facility for Professional Dance in America, in 2011

Houston Ballet Premieres of George Balanchine's American Classic Jewels  
and John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew Highlight Season

Celebrated Finnish Choreographer Jorma Elo
Creates New Work for the Company in May 2011

American Premiere of Christopher Bruce's
Grinning in Your Face in May 2011

Houston, Texas – Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch has announced the company's 2010-2011 season. The season marks a milestone in Houston Ballet's history as the company moves into its sleek new $53 million Center for Dance, the largest facility for professional dance in America, in the spring of 2011, propelling the company into the next phase of its development.

Seven news works enter Houston Ballet's repertoire during the 2010-2011 season, including the Balanchine evening-length Jewels, featuring Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds; the company premiere of John Cranko's lavish, comic staging of the Shakespearian classic The Taming of the Shrew; a world premiere by the much in-demand European dance maker Jorma Elo; the American premiere of Houston Ballet Associate Choreographer Christopher Bruce's Grinning in Your Face; and the company premiere of English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's Rush in May 2010.

"With our 2010-2011 season, Houston Ballet is ideally positioned to take a great leap forward. We have an exciting season full of many new works by the world's leading choreographers. The company's upcoming move into our new home in 2011 will provide us with a state-of-the-art facility across the street from Wortham Theater Center in the center of Houston's vibrant Theater District, also allowing us to greatly expand our education and outreach activities," remarks Mr. Welch. "This will be our last season in our current home of 25 years at 1916 West Gray, a renovated clothing factory featuring six studios with 52,000 square feet. As I look back over my last seven years with Houston Ballet, we can take pride that we have greatly expanded the repertory with new works, and increased our touring nationally and internationally."