The Professional Program is designed for students who meet the artistic expectations set forth by the Artistic Director, Stanton Welch and for those students interested in a professional career in ballet. This does not exclude students who wish to enter college, however students must be prepared to focus on training as a priority along with meeting the artistic requirements set forth by the Artistic Director. Therefore all students are either required to audition or are invited to the program by the Artistic Director and/or Academy Director.
Students are required to enroll in nontraditional academic classes unless a high school diploma has been completed. Academy classes are held Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Students must also show a level of maturity that endears them to the rigors of the program which include but not limited to; self-initiation and motivation, discipline and commitment, and whom demonstrate healthy life style choices.
Students must be prepared to utilize the necessary resources offered to them, such as nutritional counseling, psycho-social support, injury prevention and management, and strong communication skills.
Students are evaluated yearly and invited to attend the following year only after a full year’s evaluation has been attained. This sometimes creates delays in future planning therefore all students are advised to keep this in mind before enrolling.
Every student receives subsidized tuition which is reflected in tuition fees. Students who are given merit scholarships above this subsidy amount will be evaluated for continued merit scholarship every year. Students may apply for financial aid within yearly deadlines. Students must achieve all expectations to continue a scholarship and final decisions are at the discretion of the Academy Director.
Professional 1 (Pro 1):
Students will focus on technique as a priority. Performance is secondary. Pro 1 is designed to elevate a student’s foundation preparing them for performance. Opportunities to perform include the annual Spring Showcase, Education and Community Engagement, Company performances (such as Nutcracker) and occasional invitations to perform with Houston Ballet Youth Dancers. Student attends this level for 1 to 2 years.
Professional 2 or (Pro 2):
Students will continue with a strong focus on technique, however evaluation and performance goals are added to accelerate professional career readiness which includes career planning. This is a strong focus and students are required to prepare all materials for auditions. Performance opportunities also include that of the Pro 1 (annual Spring Showcase, Education and Community Engagement, Company performances (such as Nutcracker) with the addition of outside community performances with Houston Ballet Youth Dancers. Pro 2 students are also considered to participate with Houston Ballet II dancers upon invitation only. Student attends this level for 1 to 2 years.
Houston Ballet II
Houston Ballet Academy's Professional Program also includes Houston Ballet's second company, Houston Ballet II. Learn more here.
Professional Program Faculty
Vicki Attard, Academy Director
Claudio Muñoz, HBII Ballet Master
Sabrina Lenzi, HBII Ballet Master & Pro 2 Advisor
Cheryne Busch, Pro 1 Advisor
Andrew Murphy, Principal Instructor & Boys Program Coordinator
Susan Bryant, Instructor
Sally Rojas, Instructor
Guest Teachers and Coaching
John Eliasen, Royal Danish Ballet
Mark Morris, Mark Morris Dance Group
Tina Fehlandt, Mark Morris Dance Group
John Meehan, former director of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and former director of The Hong Kong Ballet
Pierre Lapointe, Les Grandes Ballet Canadiens de Montreal
Lauren Anderson, former principal dancer Houston Ballet
Barbara Bears, former principal dancer Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet is most fortunate to have Stanton Welch as Artistic Director. Mr. Welch is a world renowned choreographer. Houston Ballet II is required to learn several of Mr. Welch's works such as Fingerprints, A Time to Dance, Bruiser, Blue, and Raymonda. As well as Giselle, Coppélia, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, La Bayadère, Napoli, Esmeralda, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, to name only a few. In 2006, Houston Ballet II was given the opportunity to participate in Stanton Welch's new rendition of Swan Lake.
System of Dance Training
A professional program student’s primary study will be Vaganova, however, Cecchetti and RAD are emphasized as well. Modern classes occur two times a week and consist of a mix of Limon, Cunningham, Graham, and Evans styles of movement. All modern classes are accompanied with live percussion. Houston Ballet II is taught improvisational techniques as well as an exploration of techniques in choreography. Every Houston Ballet II dancer will be asked to learn a series of classical repertoire variations in which one variation will be chosen and performed for an artistic panel.
Houston Ballet II has an extensive performance schedule throughout the year as they perform with the company in addition to their own season. Please refer to the Houston Ballet II calendar to see a detailed list of performances throughout the year.
Auditioning for Professional Companies
Houston Ballet offers career planning assistance to professional program students. Students are provided with up to date information on company hires, assistance in making audition appointments, help with résumés/vitae preparation, and professional head and body photo guidance. Workshops are held yearly for those needing assistance.
Advice and guidance on alternative dance career planning is available as needed. Information and assistance with college dance programs is also available.
All professional program students are required to earn a high school diploma. Houston Ballet Academy does not provide an accredited program for the completion of high school, although an education coordinator is available to assist students with their completion of high school through the many online and correspondence programs available. Students who have not completed their high school education and are under 18 years old are required to participate in Study Hall. The Study Hall fee is $275 per semester.
Foreign students may be required to take ESL (English as a Second Language) class provided by the Houston Ballet Academy. The ESL fee is $275 per semester.
There are many options of places to live in the area near Houston Ballet.
- Houston Ballet Center for Dance Dormitory / Market Square Tower Apartments
Houston Ballet's chaperoned dormitory is located on the 6th floor of the Center for Dance. Conveniently located just a few stories up from the Academy studios, the dormitory has space for 16 students and a live-in chaperone. The Center for Dance Dormitory is offered by invitation only from the artistic staff. Rent is approximately 850.00 USD per month.
Houston Ballet in partnership with Market Square Tower leases 10 apartments to 20 students. Housing at Market Square is offered by invitation only from the artistic staff.
There are many apartments within a 4 mile radius of the Houston Ballet Center for Dance. Many students live in the River Oaks area, where rent is less costly, and use the METRO bus system or bicycles for transportation to and from the Center for Dance. Rent ranges are dependent upon which area students choose. Apartments within walking distance are Hogg Palace and Post Rice Lofts. Houston Ballet has a partnership with Market Square Apartments. Housing at Market Square is by invitation only from the artistic staff.
Injury / Illness
Houston Ballet's athletic trainer is available to students. Houston Ballet Academy has a team of physicians that are available to see students on short notice, and the Academy can provide transportation to the doctor and/or hospital if necessary. On-site clinics are often held at Houston Ballet. Physical therapy works closely with professional program students to assist in all injury assessments.
All HBII students are required to have a physical evaluation performed by Houston Ballet's team physician in Houston prior to beginning classes.
Pilates / Body Conditioning
Houston Ballet is proud of its state of the art body conditioning and Pilates training facility. Ninety percent of all Pilates and body conditioning instructors have been professional dancers. Treadmills, weight machines, cadillacs, and reformers are available free of charge every day to all Houston Ballet II dancers. To provide each student with the most comprehensive and conscientious training possible, students in Houston Ballet II are required to pay for their first five (5) pilates sessions. After that, they are given complimentary pilates sessions with Houston Ballet pilates instructors. Trainers are available for individual instruction as well as group lessons.
Yamuna ball classes are also taught as well as other dance related and non-dance related injury prevention classes.
August 22, 2016 - January 14, 2017
January 17, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Enrollment Forms can be found here:
To register your child for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Log onto the Online Portal using your user information (If you do not know your user information, please call the Academy office.)
- Click start for the 2016-2017 Reenrollment for Current Students
- Select reenroll by your child’s name and complete the registration form (If your child’s name does not appear, please email email@example.com.)
- Log onto NetClassroom
- Hover over the Billing tab and select Statement to view your statement
- Hover over the Billing tab and select Bill Payment to make a payment by credit card
Contact The Academy:
Phone: 713-535-3210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org