Who we are
Founded in 1973, Houston Ballet Guild has supported Houston Ballet, its Academy and special programs with passion and dedication for more than 40 years. We are committed to furthering the awareness of the art of ballet. And membership has its privileges!
The primary purpose of the Guild is to support the programs, projects, mission and performances of Houston Ballet and its Academy through active volunteer service and financial contributions.
The amazing women and men of Houston Ballet Guild love to celebrate the creativity of ballet. And we are social too! Our members enjoy a rich calendar of events, and there’s something for everyone. The Guild ensures that its members have a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the nation's fourth-largest ballet company.
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Guild events are diverse and exciting. These include the incomparable Nutcracker Market, world-class performances by Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II, intimate gatherings, exclusive in-studio meet and greet evenings, community engagement programs, annual trips, and much more!
Why do you love ballet?
For the classic and beautiful lines of the ballerinas?
The exceptional, inventive choreography?
The stunning and colorful sets and costumes?
The passion, drama and sheer beauty of the performances?
Members of Houston Ballet Guild love ballet
for all these reasons and more!
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Officers & Board
President Susan Binney
President Elect Jennifer Kushner
Vice President of Membership Ann Bean
Treasurer Gay Currie
Recording Secretary Megan Kessler
Corresponding Secretary Traci Bocock
Parliamentarian Renee Humphrey
Bravo Events: Jeannie Chandler, CC Conner & Laurie Johnson
Communication/Social Media: Janet Colletto & Renee Humphrey
Directory: Patsy Chapman & Linda Johnston
Fall Kickoff: Wendy Burks, Gaylon Gullquist & Jackie Eubank
HBII Birthday Celebrations: Patsy Chapman & Carol Howes
Host Committee: Janis Bell, Jan DeCoux, Abimbola Farinde, Beverly Hicks, Sally Miller, Susan Osterberg, Marilyn Ragsdale, Krista Shamaly, Pam Staples, Sandra Stettler, Phyllis Ullman & Tracey Williford
Houston Ballet Academy/ECE Support: Ann Bean, Ben Carmona, Leslie Culhane & Carol Vartian
Houston Ballet Docents: Sharon Roark, Michelle Seymour & Christine Sofka
Houston Ballet Student Matinees: Cynthia Brown, Catherine Kinsey, Jean May & Devyn Wolens
Membership Recruitment: Kathryn Riddles & Elba Villarreal
Membership Renewal: Dede Aronack-Loughran, Nikki Jenkins & Eileen Murphy
Members Trip: Carol Brant & Cynthia Christ
Needles En Pointe: Marcie Bristol & Causey Coffield
New Member Events: Kaylon Phillips & Casey Rowe
Nutcracker Market Chairman: Mignon Gill
Nutcracker Market Chairman-Elect: Casey Rowe
Social Events Committee: Tua Burke, Wendy Burks, Brenda Clem, Richard Clem, Joan Dunlap, Dottie Erwin-Legendre, Jackie Eubank, Cheryl Gallagher, Elise Glattier-Hollingsworth, Gaylon Gullquist, Michelle Jeffery, Denise Malone, Mary Dee Neal, Kari Parsons, Liz Schlotzhauer & Rhonda Smith
Special Advisors: Katrina Arnim, Philamena Baird, Sharon Erskine & Evelyn Leightman
Spring Coffee: Katrina Arnim & Mary Alice Parmet
Houston Ballet Theater District Open House: Katherine Bodron, Diane McDaniel & Jana Stiffel
TutuTimes: Cecilia Campbell
Houston Ballet Wortham Boutique Sales: Susan Inger & Martha Jones
Houston Ballet Wortham Boutique Workshops: Marcie Bristol & Helen L.-Toombs