Join us in-person for our free Dance Talks lecture series to learn more about the works on Houston Ballet's stage and the artists behind them.

Dance Talks take place at the Margaret Alkek Williams Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77002.

The Little Mermaid

AUGUST 27, 2024 AT 7:15 PM

Dive into the spellbinding world of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairytale. Dr. Elizabeth Klett, Professor of Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, joins Houston Ballet artists for a fascinating discussion of how Neumeier ventures beyond the pages of the original fairytale to develop a sophisticated tale of love and resilience.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2024 AT 7:15PM

This fall, choreographer Silas Farley returns to create a new work inspired by four types of love and driven by a commissioned score from frequent collaborator Kyle Werner. Hear from Farley and team for a first look into his second commission for Houston Ballet.

Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance

December 3, 2024 AT 7:15PM

Join us for a special Dance Talk on Giving Tuesday for a first look at Brett Ishida’s first work for Houston Ballet, premiering during our annual Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance.

In the Night

FEBRUARY 18, 2025 AT 7:15 PM

Artists of Houston Ballet come together to give insight into the ballets of In the Night, a mixed repertory program offering a fascinating fusion of classical and contemporary artistry.

The Sleeping Beauty

March 4, 2025 AT 7:15 PM

Listen to artists of Houston Ballet discuss Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson’s opulent production of The Sleeping Beauty and the challenge and distinctive traits of this timeless ballet.


MAY 20, 2025 AT 7:15 PM

Get an inside look into the making of Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s extravagant new work, Raymonda, from the creative team.


June 3, 2025 AT 7:15 PM

Don’t miss the chance to join us for our final Dance Talk of the season where we dive into the ballets of Sparrow – three one-act ballets by choreographers spanning from yesterday’s eminence to today’s prominence: George Balanchine, Houston Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson O.B.E, and our very own Stanton Welch AM.

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