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. 

For more information about Dance Talks, please contact Jennifer Sommers, Director of Education, at

Dance Talks take place at the Margaret Alkek Williams Center for Dance,                      601 Preston Street


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

August 29, 2023 at 7:15 PM

Join us as we explore the three worlds in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream based on William Shakespeare’s joyous romantic comedy. In conversation led by Elizabeth Klett, author of Choreographing Shakespeare: Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems, listen to artists of Houston Ballet as they share how the three worlds interact with their roles in Neumeier’s distinguished ballet.

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September 12, 2023 at 7:15PM

Don’t miss the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at Delmira, an Annabelle Lopez Ochoa premiere. Join us as we discuss this one-act ballet inspired by the life of Uruguayan modernist poet Delmira Agustini.

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Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance

November 28, 2023 at 7:15PM

Join us for a celebratory Dance Talk as we commemorate Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s 20th Anniversary during our annual Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance.


February 13, 2024 at 7:15 PM

Listen to artists of Houston Ballet discuss Stanton Welch’s striking production of Cinderella and the challenge and distinctive traits of the ballet’s spunky titular character.


February 27, 2024 at 7:15 PM

Artists of Houston Ballet come together to give insight into the ballets of Bespoke, a fresh mixed repertory program featuring two Houston Ballet premieres.




May 14, 2024 at 7:15 PM

In this Dance Talk, we take a closer look at Mayerling, an epic triumph in classical storytelling revealing the dark tale of Crown Prince Rudolf, the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 1880s.

Four Seasons

May 28, 2024 at 7:15 PM

Don’t miss the chance to join us for our final Dance Talk of the season in which will take a deep dive into Dwight Rhoden’s world premiere and first ballet for Houston Ballet.