Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of ballet students from around the world, Houston Ballet II members perform a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker to contemporary works by Houston Ballet Artistic Director, Stanton Welch AM.

This mission of Houston Ballet II is three-fold; to provide students the opportunity to dance leading roles in varied repertoire, to allow dancers to develop technically and artistically through performance experience, and to serve the greater Houston community by providing quality, professional performances. The visibility of the excellent training in Houston Ballet II supports the growth of the professional company at large.

Student’s focus will continue on technique however a more robust performance schedule will include company participation, touring and community performances. Students may attend a second year by invitation only. Houston Ballet II evaluations and performance goals are designed to prepare students for auditions and for admittance into a company as a professional.


All Houston Ballet II applicants must first attend a summer intensive audition or submit a video audition as a preliminary requirement. Applicants may then be invited to audition in person at Houston Ballet Academy. Video submissions accepted beginning January 1, 2023.

Houston Ballet II Video Deadline for the 2023-2024 Season: March 1, 2023

Visit https://app.getacceptd.com/houstonballet to review requirements and submit video audition materials. 


For information regarding training and accommodations for Houston Ballet II, please see the Professional Program page.


Contact the Academy: hbacademy@houstonballet.org.

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