the Houston Ballet Drive-In is Back!



Due to inclement weather, the Drive-In for May has been cancelled. If you are a current ticket holder, you will receive communications to make alternate arrangements for your tickets. If you have immediate questions, please contact the box office at 713-227-2787.


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 2020 Audience Favorites Dance Goes On, a curated selection of popular screen dance shorts from SFDFF’s 2020 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)



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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2020 Audience Favorites

Quiet Hearts

Shot in Los Angeles in April during the Covid-19 quarantine, this film was an experiment from its inception intending to convey the feelings of isolation, longing, and connection so many people were experiencing. The challenge was doing so in a safe and ethical way.

Storage - (L’Entretien)

In the future, there are no men left on earth, only maintenance pro-grammed robots. Every night, at nightfall, the robot Mikki projects onto the stage of the Opera Garnier mysterious pictures of a dancer, as a last memory of mankind.

Phenom - Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Thao Nguyen performs “Phenom” from home while a rotating supporting cast performs choreographed routines in personal Zoom windows.


Two men meet and start to share stories and experiences of their lives and pasts and realize that they both have big weights to carry that do not let them move forward as they should. They realize that, mutually supporting each other, they can move forward and overcome the ghosts of the past.


Being captures the restorative power that draws the dancer to the dance. Away from a life of sidewalks and cellphones, where beauty is unnoticed, time stops so it may start again. The dance restores the self, and the senses reconnect with the world, like a flower bouncing back from destruction.


Full of warmth and familiar moments, we invite you to recognize what’s important to you in your own lockdown tales. CO-iNSiDE is Ellen Hathaway Dance Company’s first-ever original Dance Film created in isolation.


During a time of isolation and restraint, the need for human connection has only grown stronger. Technology can only bring us so close, but nothing can compare to physical touch.


A concrete skate park under grey skies. Enter BUNNY.

Waters Into Wilderness

Choreographer: Lauren Edson A short dance film looking at the impact of community space when its not filled with the community. 

Under the Waterfall – The Avener

This video clip shows an explosive passion between two lovers, punctu-ated by an elegant and contemporary choreography in the streets of Paris where buildings are changing into real waterfalls. It is a hymn to love that uses the metaphor of water for its fluidity and storms.

Dear Black Girls

Through movement based art, this new film aims to connect the grief and the pain with the joy and the hope for this current moment. What are the values of the movement? How do we pay homage to black revolutionary women? How do we inspire people to take action? How do we know if people truly care to see real change?

Am I Paris

This surprising and enchanting video features the French dancer Skorpion in a costume made by the hair expert Charlie Le Mindu. As a “hair creature”, Skorpion roams the streets of Paris while amusing, intriguing and sometimes even scaring passersby. Director, Redha Medjellekh’s aims to highlight the need to accept differences in a cosmopolitan city like the French capital, putting dance at the center of this process as a means of communication.

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.

Drive-In Box Office Hours: You may reach our box office during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 9AM to 5PM at 713-227-2787. On the Fridays we are presenting films, we can be reached by phone until 9PM and on Saturdays from 5PM to 9PM. You may also reach us via email at [email protected].