Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Houston Ballet Foundation

  • Houston, TX
  • http://www.houstonballet.org

Mission Statement

To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.

In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as:

•A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.


•A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form.


•An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences.


•A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers.


•A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations.

Main Programs

  1. 2015-2016 season
  2. Houston Ballet's Education and Community Engagement Programs
  3. Performances and National/ International Touring
  4. Dance for Parkinson's
  5. Houston Ballet Academy

service areas

International

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ruling year

1957

chief executive

Mr. James Nelson

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co-chief executive

Stanton Welch

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Keywords

ballet, dance, Houston, arts, education, performing arts

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EIN

74-1394920

Physical Address

601 Preston Street

Houston, 77002

Also Known As

Houston Ballet

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Ballet (A63)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Through hard work and dedication, Houston Ballet Foundation has ensured Houston Ballet's place as a major cultural asset in the community and as one of the leading ballet companies in the world. The company has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States. In July 1995, Houston Ballet was the first full American ballet company invited by the Chinese government to tour the People's Republic of China. An estimated 500 million people witnessed Houston Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet when the company's opening night performance was telecast live on Chinese television. Over the last ten years, the company has emerged as one the most effective international ambassadors for the City of Houston, performing in London, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

Programs

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Program 1

2015-2016 season

Houston Ballet ignites its 2015-2016 season with Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, full of passion and deliciously dramatic; returning to honor Ben Stevenson's 80th birthday is his fairytale classic, The Sleeping Beauty; concluding the season is world premiere of Stanton Welch's Giselle, the perfect finale to three of the world's most beloved productions in classical ballet. The season's mixed-repertory lineup includes works by such legends as George Balanchine, as well as four powerhouse works making their Houston debuts: Jiri Kylian's "Wings of Wax," Wayne McGregor's "Dyad 1929," Alexander Ekman's "Cacti," and Jerome Robbins' iconic "West Side Story Suite." Another season highlight includes Christopher Bruce's wildly popular "Ghost Dances," returning to the Wortham after a twelve year absence.

Romance, adventure, drama and a little tinge of danger--there's no better arrangement than this. World-renowned choreography set on a world-class company in the heart of Houston, Texas-- a city that's in for a truly remarkable year of dance.

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Program 2

Houston Ballet's Education and Community Engagement Programs

Houston Ballet is committed to inspiring a lifelong love of the arts, educating youth about the art of dance, and reaching the diverse populations of our area.  Houston Ballet’s educational and community engagement initiatives include programs that bring first- through twelfth-grade students into our theater and studios, as well as programs that go directly into schools and community facilities to educate and inspire.  Houston Ballet’s education and community engagement programming consists of: Ballet Talks, Student Matinees, Studio Series, Houston Ballet’s After School Program (HBASP), Chance to Dance, Learning from the Masters, Dance to Learn, and Adapted Dance.  Retired Houston Ballet principal dancer Lauren Anderson serves as Program Director and Jennifer Sommers as Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement, both are instrumental in developing and delivering these initiatives to area students.  These programs and initiatives reach and engage over 38,000 students annually.

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Budget

600,312

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program 3

Performances and National/ International Touring

Houston Ballet’s programs and services aim to expose and offer opportunities for all members of the community to participate in the art form of dance.  Through our Wortham Theatre Center six-production subscription series, Nutcracker season, free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and our education and community engagement initiatives we endeavor to expand our reach and access to encompass all diverse populations.

Over the last ten years, the company has emerged as one the most effective international ambassadors for the City of Houston, performing in London, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

 

Each season, Houston Ballet acts as our city’s goodwill ambassador, performing in major cities across the country and around the world, showcasing Houston as home to arts of the highest international standard.  Houston Ballet has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States.

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Program 4

Dance for Parkinson's

In May 2009, Houston Ballet teamed with Houston Area Parkinson's Society to offer a weekly dance course on Monday afternoons at Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance at 601 Preston in downtown Houston.  A pianist accompanies the class and incorporates various types of music, encouraging participants to dance independently and find their own beat. This initiative allows HAPS to expand its exercise program, adding a new type of dance group to its existing tango dance grouwho performed with Houston Ballet from 1980 to 1993, teaches the weekly classes.
 

 

 

Beginners are welcome, no partners required—just a willingness to have fun!

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

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Program 5

Houston Ballet Academy

Since his arrival as director of Houston Ballet Academy in 2003, Stanton Welch has had a profound influence on the students of the academy, specifically with his increased standard of excellence, his involvement with each level of the academy, his working relationship with teachers and his vision of what the academy means to Houston Ballet itself.

Since its founding in 1955, Houston Ballet Academy has provided the highest quality ballet training for those enrolled. Over 500 students, between the ages of 4 and 60, are currently enrolled in the academy's classes, and more than half of the professional company's dancers have come from the ranks of the academy. The academy's outstanding faculty includes teachers who have performed with Houston Ballet and other prestigious companies throughout the world. In July 2003, Houston Ballet Academy was re-named Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy in recognition of the key role Ben Stevenson, former artistic director of the professional company and director of the academy, played for 27 years in shaping and developing the school.

The academy offers a program designed to take students from their first introduction to the art through a full course of ballet study. Students take classes in technique, pointe work, pas de deux, men's technique, character dance and music. The academy also operates a summer intensive program that welcomes students from around the United States and abroad. Each year, faculty members hold auditions in 13 cities around the country and select intermediate and advanced level students to attend this intensive six-week program.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. James Nelson

co-chief executive

Stanton Welch

BIO

A native of Portland, Oregon, James Nelson has spent his career in the dance world moving from professional dancer to administrative leader, serving as Houston Ballet's general manager since August 2000. He assumed the position of executive director of Houston Ballet, the company's senior administrative leadership role, in February 2012.

As general manager of Houston Ballet, Mr. Nelson administered the artistic operation of the company's 52 dancers, 61 musicians, and 180 production employees. He had budgetary oversight for over half of the company's $19.2 million budget. Mr. Nelson also directed all tours for Houston Ballet and oversaw international engagements of Houston Ballet in Russia, the United Kingdom, and China, and developed an ongoing company exchange between Houston Ballet and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal. In April 2009, Mr. Nelson lead a six-city tour to Spain in which the company performed to sold-out houses and glowing reviews.

Mr. Nelson received his professional dance training from Houston Ballet Academy from 1983-1986. As a professional ballet dancer, Mr. Nelson performed a wide range of featured roles with the Cincinnati Ballet from 1986-1990. He was invited by then artistic director Ben Stevenson to join Houston Ballet where he danced from 1990-1996. Mr. Nelson ended his 11 year performing career in 1997 dancing for Ballet de Santiago, in Santiago, Chile.

After retiring from a performing career, Mr. Nelson received his BBA in finance from the University of Houston in 1999. Mr. Nelson was named general manager of Houston Ballet in August 2000. In 2005, Mr. Nelson was selected for and attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non Profit Leaders. In 2006, Mr. Nelson participated in Mayor Bill White's Economic Development Mission to China as a cultural delegate.

Under Mr. Nelson's leadership, Houston Ballet has developed a partnership with The Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine providing health and wellness services to the dancers and staff. In addition, Mr. Nelson initiated the development of the Dance for Parkinson's program in partnership with Houston Area Parkinson's Society resulting in Houston Ballet receiving the 2009 Roy H. Cullen Quality of Life Award for this initiative.

Mr. Nelson is an active member of Dance USA-- the national service organization for dance. In 2009, Mr. Nelson led the Houston dance community in a two-year planning effort in hosting Dance USA's Annual Conference in 2009. The Houston committee set a new record for host committee fundraising.

Mr. Nelson was a board member of the IATSE Pension Plan from December 2001 through January 2011 and has served as a board member of the Performing Arts Alliance (formerly American Arts Alliance). Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXVI.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James M Jordan

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