Shows to Check Out This Season at the Houston Ballet

After more than a full season away from the Wortham Theater Center, the Houston Ballet is back.

By Kelsy Armstrong August 24, 2021

Houston Ballet Principal Jessica Collado and Demi Soloist Andrew Vecseri. 

The Houston Ballet has entertained audiences for the past 50 years and soon, the Ballet’s incredible talent and leaders in dance are returning to the stage. Stanton Welch, an Australian choreographer, has served as its Artistic Director since 2003 and continues to raise the bar in the company’s classical technique.

The Bayou City’s world-renowned Ballet has a passion for educating, and its Community and Engagement Program has reached over 70,000 Houstonians annually. In addition, the Houston Ballet Academy teaches 1,000 students a year about the beloved art form. The roster for the Houston Ballet’s 2021-2022 season features 51 familiar faces and eight new additions including Corps de Ballet member Neal Burks and Apprentices Jindallae Bernard, Emma Forrester, Eli Gruska, Jordan Lovelace, Zoe Lucich, Jackson Miles and Yu Wakizuka.

Houstonia has highlighted few shows this season that are a must for any ballet lover to enjoy.


Sure to sparkle, this three-act program is inspired by jewels. Each act, choreographed by George Balanchine, has its own ambiance and unique musical styling. The program kicks off with Emeralds, an evocative piece set to music by Gabriel Fauré. Act two, Rubies, is “delightfully witty” and is set to music by Igor Stravinsky. Lastly, “illustrious” Diamonds, is set to music by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.

Feb 24, 26, 27 & March 4-6. 

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly, an internationally acclaimed program choreographed by Stanton Welch, tells the tragic love story of a Geisha and an American soldier. The show premiered at the Australian Ballet in 1995 and has been performed by the National Ballet of Canada, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and many more. 

March 10, 12,13, 18-20.


This mixed repertoire program will feature A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, a ballet set to music by Benjamin Britten and meant to educate youth about the orchestra. This program, created in 2014, features the entire company and the Houston Ballet Orchestra

Melody Mennite is also presenting her first full commissioned work at the Houston Ballet. It is her 20th year as a company member and she is a Houston Ballet Academy alum. There will be additional programming announced that will either be fan favorites or new programs. 

June 2-5, 10-12. 


Sylvia, another program choreographed by Welch, shares the story of Sylvia, a heroine and huntress, and her love for a mortal shepherd. Sylvia battles between her duty and her desires. Welch's interpretation of the story highlights different figures from Greek mythology that are beautifully weaved into three love stories. The program is set to a famous score by Léo Delibes and the audience can see the stunning costumes and scenic designs by Jérôme Kaplan, a world-renowned ballet and opera designer. 

June 16, 18, 19, 24-26. 

For ticket information and schedule details, please visit here. 


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