Photo by Bruce Bennetts. Courtesy of Houston Ballet.

"Choreography in Focus" with Stanton Welch

Wendy Perron and Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch speak in the lobby of the Joyce Theater in New York City about Welch's work and upcoming 10-year anniversary in Houston.

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