One of the highlights of our course “A Case en Pointe: Behind the Scenes with Houston Ballet” which starts Wednesday, February 22, is the tour of the spectacular new Center for Dance on April 11. The $46 million facility, which opened last year, is the largest of its kind in the United States.
Six stories and 115,000 square feet, the Center for Dance is located downtown at the intersection of Preston and Smith, across the street from Wortham Theater Center where the Houston Ballet performs. The building includes nine dance studios, a costume shop, a dance lab that seats 175 for presentations as well as rehearsals, and artistic, administrative and support facilities for Houston Ballet and its academy.
Production Director Thomas Boyd, who will lead the tour of the facility, stressed the value of housing all elements of the company in one beautifully functional space. “We are so fortunate to be able to rehearse, design and present in such a well appointed facility,” Mr. Boyd said. “It’s truly as we hoped it would be; the design really does work.”
“We feel totally limitless and fearless in here,” explained principal dancer Melody Mennite in an April 2011 article in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Ballet is America’s fourth largest ballet company, an ensemble of 52 dancers with an annual budget of $19.2 million and an endowment of $57.6 million (as of May 2011)
“A Case en Pointe: Behind the Scenes with Houston Ballet” meets eight Wednesdays, February 22-April 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.