Houston Ballet After School Program Expands To Help More Economically Disadvantaged Students

Houston Ballet After School Program expands to help even more economically disadvantaged elementary school students

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/26/2015, 3:29 p.m.
For more than 50 years, Houston Ballet's Education and Community Engagement department has introduced children to the beauty and grace ...
Houston Ballet After School Program expands to help even more economically disadvantaged elementary school students

Houston, TX - For more than 50 years, Houston Ballet's Education and Community Engagement department has introduced children to the beauty and grace of life through dance with programs and performances that extend to students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. The 2015-2016 season will see an increase in the number of partner schools where it offers the Houston Ballet After School Program from 8 schools to 12 schools.

“We are committed to introducing those in under-served and at-risk populations to dance education and appreciation, and we are thrilled to be able to extend some of our programs to reach more students this year,” said Jennifer Sommers, Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement Associate Director.

Houston Ballet After School Program is a free, semester-long series of dance classes held on the grounds of each school selected. Each week two Houston Ballet Education and Community Outreach teachers, who are trained in the National Dance Institute pedagogy, and a musician travel to the partner schools for high energy movement and music classes. This season’s program theme is Exploring Science, and each program will culminate with a final performance for family and friends. During school selection, priority is given to elementary schools that do not have an existing dance program, that have not participated in the program for at least three years, and that have 75% or more of their students qualify as economically disadvantaged. Fall partner schools include: Houston ISD’s Carillo Elementary, Frost Elementary, Roderick Paige Elementary, Sutton Elementary, Channelview ISD’s DeZavala Elementary, and Aldine ISD’s Francis Elementary. Classes begin on September 15, 2015 and continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, depending on the school, until December 17, 2015.

Houston Ballet After School Program is just one of the many free programs the Education and Community Engagement department offers to bring dance to students that ordinarily would not have the opportunity to experience. Learn more about all of Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programs at houstonballet.org.

About the Houston Ballet Academy

Since its founding in 1955, the Houston Ballet Academy has provided the highest quality ballet training. The Academy’s outstanding faculty includes teachers who have performed with Houston Ballet and other prestigious companies throughout the world. The Houston Ballet Academy engages 18,000 local students per year in dance through several education and community outreach programs. For more information, visit www.houstonballet.org/Academy/About-the-Academy/.