Monday, February 13, 2012 we attended a free performance at the Houston Ballet entitled Dance in Texas. This was a performance put on as part of the Houston Ballet’s Studio Series where students at multiple levels in the company (Houston Ballet II and Pre-Professional) perform for children. This is the second homeschool field trip we have been to here and we will definitely be back for the next ones. Not only are they very accommodating to the homeschool community but the performances are educational as well as entertaining.
The first event Homeschool Pool attended at the Houston Ballet’s Studio Series was Around the World in 7 Dances. This program took the children on an adventure around the world giving a glimpse into the history and culture of multiple countries through dance. For Dance in Texas there was a similar emphasis on education showing how Texas evolved as a state and how various cultures influenced the dance styles found here. The performances during both events were stellar. After the performance there was a Q & A session where you could ask questions about the music, performance, dancers, classes, rehearsals, etc. If you have a chance to attend, we encourage you to do so. The fact that these are put on at no charge is simply something you cannot miss out on!
Staff at the Houston Ballet are amazing! They are engaging and personable and more than willing to answer your questions. You can tell they enjoy what they do and care about the education of our youth and promoting performing arts. It is a great way to introduce children to this art form, especially those who might not otherwise get a chance to attend a ballet. It allows kids the opportunity to practice “theater etiquette” in a less formal setting and to develop an appreciation for performing art including the hard work these dancers put into each performance.
The Houston Ballet also has regular professional performances throughout the year. You can view their current season on their calendar page. We have attended a few of these but unfortunately cannot attend every one we would like. While ticket prices start out at a reasonable price to attend, getting good seats is another matter altogether. For a prime seat at a professional performance the cost can be a little steep making attendance, for us at least, a rare treat for a special occasion. It makes a perfect date night for us adults but we only occasionally get to take the younger ones which makes their Studio Series all the more appealing.
For more information on the Houston Ballet including performances and ticket prices, visit their website at http://www.houstonballet.org or contact them via phone at 713-227-2787. Homeschool families and educators can get more information on their Studio Series and other education and outreach programs at http://houstonballet.org/Education_Outreach/Education_Outreach/.