Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Houston Ballet Foundation

aka Houston Ballet   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.houstonballet.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Mr. James Nelson

Artistic Director

Mr. Stanton Welch AM

Main address

601 Preston Street

Houston, TX 77002 USA

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EIN

74-1394920

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

Ballet (A63)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

50th Anniversary Season (2019-2020)

From the beginning, Houston Ballet has reflected the independent, can-do spirit of the city it calls home. Like the entrepreneurs who founded Houston and the achievers who made it great, we at Houston Ballet dared to dream. We imagined a world-class company, a preeminent performing space, an academy and training facility like no other in the country. As we have grown from 16 dancers to 61, Houston Ballet has always maintained the highest standards. We’ve trained and attracted global talent, dancers with the classical training that allows them to move seamlessly across all genres. These dancers inspire choreographers to do their very best work. In fact, every ballet in the 2019 – 2020 season was created on Houston Ballet dancers. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of creativity with classics like Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet and world premieres from famed choreographers such as Trey McIntyre, Arthur Pita and Zhang Disha. Houston Ballet's 50th anniversary season is one of celebration. Celebration for all that we have achieved. Celebration of all that is yet to come.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Houston Ballet is committed to inspiring a lifelong love of the arts, educating youth about the art of dance, and extending the depth of our outreach to the diverse populations of Houston and the surrounding area. Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement initiatives include programs that bring Kindergarten- 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. Currently Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programs consist of: Adapted Dance, Autism-Friendly Performances, My First Ballet, Ballet Talks, Behind the Scenes Tour, Chance to Dance, Graceful Givings, Guest Speaking, Dance to Learn, Dance Talks, Learning from the Masters, Studio Series, Student Matinees, Teacher Workshops, and X3: Explore, Extend, Excel. We strive to provide accessible high-quality dance education that engages a diversified youth audience, and inspires creativity, critical thinking, communication, and physical fitness. Furthermore, our focus is serving children who are deemed economically disadvantaged, by targeting schools with 75 percent or more children who receive reduced/free lunch. In order to provide equal opportunities to all children, despite availability of resources, we offer over 80 percent of our educational programming completely free, at no cost to participating students, teachers, and schools. In our past 2018-2019 season, Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programs were provided to over 368 schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, and detention centers within the greater-Houston area, and to over 70,000 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

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., the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Dubai Opera House. Houston Ballet has toured extensively to critical praise in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, and in cities throughout the United States.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Dance for Parkinson’s is an innovative dance program for adults with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in the Houston community offered through a collaboration between Houston Ballet and Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS). Classes emphasize strength, flexibility and balance through movement exercises, while encouraging creative expression and socialization. We provide people with PD and their caregivers 60 minutes of dance with live musical accompaniment, once a week each Monday. We also travel to Dickinson once a month and to the Memorial area several times per year to provide off-site classes at HAPS locations; helping fill the gap for participants who cannot attend our downtown classes at Houston Ballet Center for Dance. Dance for Parkinson’s is a welcoming environment for participants to explore movement in a group setting, while applying some of the ground-breaking approaches that are proven to benefit those with PD.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Since his arrival as Artistic 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 700 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 16 cities around the country and select intermediate and advanced level students to attend this intensive six-week program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

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Increasing

Context Notes

These number represents the tickets sold for the performances at our home theater. Does not include any touring/off site performances.

Total number of performances

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Increasing

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This number includes the performances of our Company at our home theater as well as touring/off site performances.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Number of students enrolled

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Number of unique website visitors

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Houston Ballet's mission is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. <br/><br/>In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as:<br/><br/>• A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.<br/><br/>• 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.<br/><br/>• An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences.<br/><br/>• A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers.<br/><br/>• A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations.

Embodied in the organization's current long range plan, our strategies are as follows:<br/><br/>1) Contribute to the dance repertoire and nurture Houston Ballet's reputation as a leading center of new choreography through increased creation, "updating," and production of new choreographies<br/><br/>2) Increase the size of the dance Company to allow a broader range of productions and a greater depth of talent within the Company<br/><br/>3) Increase prominence and recognition of the artistic achievement and quality of Houston Ballet through more performances, as well as regular, national, and international touring to select dance capitals in the U.S. and abroad.<br/><br/>4) To continue to nurture the Houston Ballet Academy as a nationally recognized top training facility to establish the Academy as the "school of choice" among aspiring dancers<br/><br/>5) Increase public awareness of Houston Ballet's diverse repertoire by defining and promoting a consistent Houston Ballet brand, and successfully selling mixed programs<br/><br/>6) Build a stronger and deeper, loyal support of Trustees, donors, audiences, and alumni.

Houston Ballet has committed significant resources to its investment in fundraising staff, marketing and advertising. This commitment has directly impacted and increased earned and contributed revenue which has and will continue to support strategic program goals.

Outcomes are measured monthly and annually against the strategic plan. Progress is reported monthly and annually to the Board of Trustees.

At the conclusion of fiscal year 2019, Houston Ballet: Impacted over 300,000 individuals through performances, community engagement efforts and special events Incensed its global reach by becoming the first U.S. ballet company to perform a the Dubai Opera. Held an inaugural all-female choreographer festival Held 112 performances across Houston and other national and international stages Showcased 4 World Premiers and 3 Houston Premiers Increased the size of its company to 61 dancers

Financials

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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