Founded in 1956, Ballet Austin has been under the capable leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills for nearly two decades. The company's repertoire is grounded in classical ballet and defined by a focus on innovation and the incubation of new work. Ballet Austin makes its performance home in Austin and extends its reach through regional, national, and international touring engagements. The company has performed at the Joyce Theater in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; in festivals and choreographic competitions; and on tour in Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Israel, and China. Ballet Austin’s main company tours both full-length and mixed repertory programs. Full-length work includes Stephen Mills’ celebrated "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project" and "The Nutcracker." Mixed repertory programs include work by Mills, George Balanchine, and other internationally-recognized choreographers. Ballet Austin II tours family-focused story ballets including "Snow White,” "Hansel and Gretel,” "Peter and the Wolf,” and "Not Afraid of the Dark,” a special glow-in-the dark ballet featuring music and concept by Joe Scruggs. Ballet Austin offers on-campus workshops for K-12th grade students including the interactive school performances Build-a-Ballet and Dance Revolutions as well as year-long campus residency programs Leaps and No Bounds and Dance in the Classroom. Photo by Tony Spielberg.
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $3,500 ? $150,000
school performance $500 ? $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 ? $10,000
Houston Ballet II
Houston Ballet II is the dynamic second company to the acclaimed Houston Ballet, and is a wonderful choice for smaller communities yearning to present beautiful classical ballet at a reasonable cost, with modest technical demands. Houston Ballet II performs a wide array of dance works ranging from excerpts from stunning contemporary pieces to traditional classical ballets. HBII offers a touring repertory evening with a satisfying variety of classical and contemporary works. The program includes Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch's "A Dance in the Garden of Mirth," a joyful ballet set to music from the 13th and 14th centuries. The repertoire also includes former Houston Ballet soloist Ilya Kozadayev’s lovely contemporary ballet "Molto Espressivo," choreographer Ma Cong’s vibrant "Calling," and excerpts from the traditional classic "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Amitava Sarkar.
Pleiades House 7 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
public performance/concert $13,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $6,000 - $9,000