the Houston Ballet Drive-In is Back!


This Spring, Houston Ballet is proud to bring the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film festival to The Drive-in!

Presented in partnership with Dance Film SF, this will be the first time that this world-renowned film festival is screened in Houston. Next up at the Drive-In is a two-night-only screening of 2019 Audience Favorites, a curated selection of popular screen dance shorts from SFDFF’s 2019 festival. This collection of international, imaginative and sumptuous shorts, is perfect for a varied audience — from those new to dance to the sophisticated enthusiast. (Run time is approx. 1 hour)

Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 at 8:30 PM
Tickets are on sale now for $15 per vehicle


Founded in 2010, Dance Film SF is a nonprofit organization that brings dance to new audiences through the presentation and development of dance-based media. In addition to presenting the award-winning San Francisco Dance Film Festival, DFSF’s year-round activities include special screenings, panels, and filmmaking workshops. Through touring and outreach programs, DFSF sends highlight reels to international screens and dance media into local schools. DFSF also produces original dance films through their Co-Laboratory program, matching top choreographers with professional filmmakers and creating the time, space, and budget for them to collaborate.

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2019 Audience Favorites Lineup

Bubble Gum

Everybody's bubble must eventually burst.

About Face

“ABOUT FACE” is the first of a 3-part short film series that puts a different spin on the school to prison pipeline and the role of fathers of black and brown children in the disruption of that paradigm.


“Popsicle” is a riotous celebration of the female gaze. A brightly expressive homage to strength, power, and rage, challenging the typical depiction of women in dance and cinema. Shot at over 1000 frames per second on the Phantom camera, the film captures infinitesimal moments of ferocity and grace that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.


“E_GO” is an analysis of the dualistic nature of the ego-mind and its role in shaping one’s identity...


“EVE” embraces the juxtaposition of gravity and levity, of risk and pleasure, dancing between the states of work and play. EVE continually stops before the perfect pose, intrigued by possibility, not perfection.

Ina (Light) - Random Acts

Two dancers struggle through the fear-drenched darkness of oppression and fear to arrive in the lightness of freedom.

Happy Ending

What is the fine line between artist and conman in a post-truth world?

Searching for Wonder

“Searching for Wonder” deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures & our interconnectedness

Behold the Man

Taking inspiration from a science fiction novel from 1969 by Michael Moorcock, the story is about a modern version of the first human being, who appears on earth as an adult child, being enthusiastic for discovering the great inebriation that freedom can give, the liberation of the body using the metaphor of dance. Something that makes you lose the brakes, make you sweat and feel good. Then it happens that when you come into contact with other human beings who are learning like you to manage their freedom, you stumble on the concept of limit.

Rules of the Houston Ballet Drive-In

  • Gates will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. 
  • No tailgating is allowed. All attendees must stay inside the vehicle, unless going to the restroom. Guests may not sit in the trunk/back of a vehicle with the tailgate open or in the bed of a truck.
  • Restrooms inside of the Center for Dance will be available for one person at a time. Guests must be masked AT ALL TIMES when outside of their vehicles. 
  •  FM Radio will be required to hear the films. The radio channel will be shared prior to the film on the day of the showing. 
  • There will be no food vendors at the showing. Guests may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. All alcohol is prohibited from the Drive-In. 

Rain Policy: If your showing is rained out, you will receive email communications about making alternate arrangements for your tickets. For more information, you may call our box office at 713-227-2787.