It’s never too late!

“It’s never too late to pursue your dreams!”, says Lacey Flowers, one of our instructors at BCH.  Lacey didn’t begin formal dance training until the age of 21.  Many “would be” dancers are discouraged from starting ballet at older ages thinking that if they didn’t begin at age three or five they’ve missed the boat on their dance opportunity.  This simply isn’t so. Lacey, after having a very late start, has been able to incorporate ballet in both performance and teaching into a successful career.  We are privileged to have her on staff to pass on her knowledge, skill, and love of dance to our students.

Misty Copeland, a female soloist at American Ballet Theatre in New York, who has been in the media recently with her new Under Armour commercial, had her first dance class at age 13.

Meredith Neel 2011 - La Bayadere

Meredith Neel 2011 – La Bayadere
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Meredith Neel 2011 – La Bayadere

Closer to home, consider former student Meredith Neel who came to BCH at age 15 with no prior training.  She quickly showed her potential and was dancing difficult solo variations by the time of her graduation 3 years later.  She was accepted into Houston Ballet Academy’s year round training program which is an outstanding achievement.

For many dancers, it is not about dancing professionally later in life – although many young dancers start out with that dream – but it’s about the overall development of character and personal skills that will be the remaining legacy of ballet training started at any age. Meredith states, “I am no longer dancing, which was a very difficult decision for me to make. Even though I had only done it for a short time compared to most dancers, it had become an extremely important part of my life. Currently, I work for an international freight forwarding company, and am preparing to graduate with my bachelors in business administration at the end of August. I think anyone who has been classically trained would agree that ballet equips you with tools to succeed in many aspects of life. I have no doubt that my classical training has been an advantage to me in both my educational and professional pursuits.”

At Ballet Center of Houston, we have classes designed especially for older beginners.  In Level 1C, students ages 9 and up with little or no prior ballet experience, can advance more rapidly and eventually catch up to their same age counterparts in other classes. We welcome dancers of all ages, skill levels, and abilities to join us for classes to learn discipline, teamwork, and ballet skills; gain grace, strength, and flexibility; and enjoy beautiful music, movement, and artistry.

See the link below for more examples of professional ballet dancers who began their training at older ages.

http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/February-2005/Better-Late-Than-Never-Six-Pros-on-Starting-Later-in-Life

Ballet, not just for girls…

Ballet Center of Houston Davila, David Danielmom, Susan Davila, gives a great testimony on the value of ballet for her son!
“After spending so many days waiting for his sisters to finish their ballet classes and then seeing some of his video game buddies taking classes, David Daniel asked to try ballet for himself. Knowing how much we valued all of the positive things the girls were learning (posture and balance, concentration and delayed gratification) in addition to how to dance, we enrolled him in January. We were astounded in May when separately both parents noticed a remarkable difference in his fielding and batting skills at baseball. And the proof was evident, our little guy who was forever getting walked, was suddenly becoming a hitter. Although we could see that he had learned a lot and his dancing looked better, we did not expect to see balance and body control transfer over to his other activities so quickly. We can hardly wait to see what he will look like on the soccer field this fall! And of course, he is really looking forward to being in the Nutcracker this year!”
Davila family 2014

David Daniel and his sisters pictured © David Metcalfe Photography

Classical Ballet = Happy Parents

Classical ballet can offer many things that we as parents desire for our children, especially our young ones! This article reiterates what we already know at BCH – that children engaged in classical ballet learn to follow instructions and gain a sense of discipline.  As parents, we want our children to stay active, learn how to appropriately interact with others, and develop confidence.

At BCH we are committed to these principles while maintaining a friendly and fun environment.

http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/multiple_intelligences/benefits-of-classical-ballet/

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Ballet

Summer Ballet Classes 2014

coupe releveBallet Center of Houston announces summer school for 2014.

Summer classes will be held from June 17 – July 24, 2014.  This is a six (6) week summer program for students of all ages from 3 years old thru 21 years old.  We offer all levels of training.

Summer is a wonderful time for new students, with or without experience, to try our the school.  Our pre-ballet is packed with lots of fun and games for children ages 3-5.  New students are encouraged to start in the summer and get to know our amazing faculty.  Summer classes are generally quite a bit smaller for the younger children so it is a great time to get tons of personal attention and jump start your ballet vocabulary. We offer ballet classes for beginners thru pre-professional students.

E-mail us at: info(at)balletcenterofhouston.com

Call us at: 281-859-5514

You may visit our website at balletcenterofhouston.com for more information.

Our Fall program begins August 11, 2014.  We will be adding a jazz program and adult class to our fall schedule.  Registration is currently open.  Come join our beautiful family of dancers.

Rectial 2014 (3)Level 1 Class in Recital 2014.  We love having boys in our classes

 

 

 

 

 

Recital 2014 (2)Level 2 Class in Recital 2014. They are concentrating on the use of upper body and correct placement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recital 2014Pre-Professional Division “Choreography Project”.  Some of our student get the opportunity to try their hand at choreography.  They created some very innovative new works this year.

First Day of Classes

Title: First Day of Classes
Location: Ballet Center of Houston
Link out: Click here
Description: Classes begin for the Fall / Spring Season of 2014-2015

Enroll Now!

We now offer a new Jazz Program as well as our complete ballet program. Add Jazz to your curriculum or if ballet is not your thing try out our jazz classes.
Date: 2014/08/11

“Kaleidoscope” School Performance

Title: “Kaleidoscope” School Performance
Location: Tomball High School Theatre
Description: School Performance for Tomball ISD 9:45am

Call time 8:15
Warm-up 8:30am

Program:
“Stained-Glass Windows”
“Paper Suite”
“Flower Festival”
Start Time: 8:15am
Date: 2014-04-25
End Time: 11:00am

Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert

Title: Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert
Location: Tomball High School Theatre
Description: 4:30 Call Time and Warm-Up Class
5:30 Rehearsal in program order: “Les Sylphides”, “Stained Glass Windows”, “Paper Suite”, “Flower Festival”.

All HRB members must arrive at call time and stay until released. No Exceptions!
Start Time: 4:30pm
Date: 2014-04-24

BCH Summer Intensive

Title: BCH Summer Intensive
Location: 8515 Jackrabbit Rd, A, Houston, TX 77095
Link out: Click here
Description: Week 2: classes will run Monday – Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm. There will be a very informal demonstration on Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 3:00pm

Faculty to include: Sabrina Lenzi, Andrew Murphy, Cleopatra Williams, Jodee Engle, Keith Cross and additional staff from BCH.
Start Date: 2014-06-09
End Date: 2014-06-14

BCH Summer Intensive

Title: BCH Summer Intensive
Location: 8515 Jackrabbit Rd A, Houston, TX 77095
Link out: Click here
Description: Week 1: classes will run Monday-Friday in the afternoon / early evening. Saturday classes will run from 9:00am-4:00pm
Start Date: 2014-06-02
End Date: 2014-06-07

HRB Spring Concert

Title: HRB Spring Concert
Location: Tomball High School Theatre
Description: 2:00pm Performance
tickets: hrbdance.org
Start Time: 2:00pm
Date: 2014-04-27
End Time: 4:00pm

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