How Harlequin Floors Helped the Show Go On At Houston Ballet Post-Harvey

“The show must go on” may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet’s […]

Are Ballet Companies Making Too Much Money From The Nutcracker?

Love it or hate it, come December, The Nutcracker is ubiquitous. It’s easy to wonder whether it’s sustainable to keep performing the same holiday classic year after year, or to spend millions of dollars reinventing it for new productions. But believe it or not, the show’s popularity is only growing. Every year, Dance/USA conducts a […]

When Can We Finally Talk About Why Boys In Dance Get Bullied?

According to the new documentary DANSEUR, 85% of males who study dance in the United States are bullied or harassed. A quote in the film from Dr. Doug Risner, faculty member at Wayne State University, states, “If this scope of bullying occurred in any activity other than dance, it would be considered a public health […]

How a Hurricane Led to a Historic Collaboration in Houston

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic 1943 musical Oklahoma!, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, brought a bounty of firsts: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, Agnes de Mille’s first dream ballet, the first time that a Broadway choreographer got a credit as a choreographer. This week, there will be another first: the first time Houston Ballet and Theatre […]

Cast Your Vote for Our 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

You nominated the best performances you’ve seen so far in 2018, and we narrowed them down to our favorites. Now it’s time to cast your vote to decide who will be featured in our December issue! Voting is open until September 17. Only one submission per person will be counted. Loading…

How Houston Ballet Principal Karina González Got Ballet-Ready Again After Giving Birth

Houston Ballet principal Karina González stunned audiences last fall with her emotionally charged Mary Vetsera in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling—while 16 weeks pregnant. “I had to be careful because the pas de deux are crazy,” says González, who carefully planned her pregnancy so that she could dance in this ballet. “Thankfully, I had the best partner […]

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