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

Unless otherwise noted below, all Dance Talks are held at Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston Street in downtown Houston, 77002.

For more information on Dance Talks, please contact Jennifer Sommers, Director of Education & Community Engagement jsommers@houstonballet.org.

Save the dates below for our 2018/19 season Dance Talks!

Julio Bocca

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Join us for a special conversation with Julio Bocca, acclaimed Argentine dancer. Bocca, a 20-year Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and former Artistic Director of Ballet Nacional Sodre—the national ballet of Uruguay—will share details about his ballet career and his work with some of the world’s leading ballet companies. 

A World Premiere: The Creative Team Behind Sylvia

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:15 PM

Stanton Welch AM will discuss his world premiere production of Sylvia with the creative team, including designer Jerome Kaplan, costume and set designer, and projection designer Wendall Harrington.  Get a sneak peek at how they will create two worlds, mortal and immortal, on one stage.

Premieres

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:15 PM

Houston Ballet is committed to bringing new work to its audience, and this year is no exception.  This program features three new works to the company’s repertoire, including a world premiere by Justin Peck.  Listen in on a conversation between choreographers about creating new work.

Character Dance and Its Role in Classical Ballet

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:15 PM

What is character dance and why and how is it used in classical ballet?  Come find out the answers to these questions with Ballet Master Steven Woodgate and Academy Instructors Cheryne Busch and Beth Everitt.  Houston Ballet Professional Program students will demonstrate the different styles used in Coppélia and Merry Widow.

Creating a Character: Marie

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:15 PM

In his lush production of Marie, Stanton Welch AM wants to tell the whole story of Marie Antoinette. Join him as he discusses this leading lady with the dancers who become her on stage.