In celebration of Black History Month, you’re cordially invited to a groundbreaking live conversation with a panel of current and former Black dancers of Houston Ballet to continue the conversation around “Breaking Boundaries” in the world of dance. Building upon the series of interviews released last fall, Breaking Boundaries Live will take a deeper dive into the experiences of Black men and women in ballet as well as discuss the BIPOC movement that has made an impact since summer 2020.
Hosted by ABC 13’s Melanie Lawson, with co-hosts Lauren Anderson and Harper Watters, our panel features dancers across multiple generations of Houston Ballet fame, including Adrian Vincent James, Sandra Organ, Kiya Sturm, Deon Allen, Caleb Mitchell, Ayisha McMillan, Cleopatra Williams, Chavo Killingsworth, Daniel Durrett, Kellen Hornbuckle and Naazir Muhammad. We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation as Houston Ballet strives to continue to break boundaries in ballet.
This conversation is free and open to the public, held on Zoom, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 PM CST. Due to overwhelming community response, we have reached capacity for Zoom attendees. However, we are thrilled to be streaming this event live on the ABC-13 app! Download the app below and tune in for this groundbreaking conversation while it happens live.
Catch up with Episodes 1-4
Join Moderator Melanie Lawson, news anchor with ABC13, as she moderates a conversation with the first Black dancers in Houston Ballet's history: the first Black dancer to join the Company in 1976, Adrian Vincent James, the first Black female dancer, Sandra Organ, and the first Black Principal dancer, Lauren Anderson.
After talking to the "firsts" in Houston Ballet history, this episode features the Company's three current Black dancers - Soloist Harper Watters and Corps de Ballet members Kellen Hornbuckle and Naazir Muhammad. Led by Harper, the conversation covers their paths to becoming professionals and explores the differences and similarities in each of their stories as Black dancers.
In the 3rd episode of our Breaking Boundaries series, moderator Lauren Anderson discusses the Black experience in the world of ballet through the eyes of dance educators with former Houston Ballet dancers Ayisha McMillan Cravotta, Caleb Mitchell, and Katlyn Addison.
In the final episode of the series, moderator KPRC's Khambrel Marshall dives into the Black experience in ballet through the lens of male dancers. Former Houston Ballet dancers from three different eras, Chavo Killingsworth, Daniel Durrett and Rupert Edwards, discuss how being Black in ballet effected their careers and what makes them excited for the long-awaited progress they've seen in 2020.