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Houston Arts Shocker

Houston arts shocker: Dominic Walsh is stepping away, leaving future of groundbreaking dance troupe in doubt

By Joel Luks

Critics have described the works of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater as dynamic, impressive, blissful and groundbreaking, but the Houston-based dance maker who lends his name to the contemporary troupe ...


Royal Recognition

Regal recognition: Queen Elizabeth honors former Houston Ballet sensation

By Joel Luks

When a former Houston Ballet cavalier penned his New Year's resolutions for 2014, we are sure that becoming a Commander of the Order of the British Empire wasn't on his list. What an ho ...


Mermaids, fairies & pirates

Not just child's play: Why adults will love Houston Ballet's Peter Pan

By Theodore Bale

It’s evident children are going to adore Houston Ballet’s revival of Trey McIntyre’s critically-acclaimed 2002 story ballet, Peter Pan. Few would argue that the production, which ...


Best Left To History

It's time to demand more of the Houston Ballet than Stevenson's tired, limp Romeo and Juliet

By Theodore Bale

Houston Ballet opened the final production of its 2011-12 season Thursday night with what company press releases called a “lavish production” of Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet. ...


Pick Five Calendar Close-up

Your weekly guide to Houston: Whorehouse party, the Beach Boys reunite and wine & food & veggie fests

By Joel Luks

When the quintessentially Southern seersucker stylings sunbathe social gatherings, there's no question that summer spirit is here — despite what the calendar says. Darling hats and classi ...


Silver anniversary memories

Rise of the Wortham Theater Center: How it all began

By Carl Cunningham

In the 1980s, everyone agreed that Houston needs a new performing arts center. Even a recession couldn't stop the Wortham Center from rising in downtown Houston. ...


CultureMap Called It

From student to top dog: Houston Ballet's Joseph Walsh gets his principal crystal slippers

By Joel Luks

Houston Ballet's Joseph Walsh is getting his crystal slippers. After a highly-rated performance of Stanton Welch's Cinderella, the cavalier has been promoted from soloist to principal, the ...


The Arthropologist

Bosom Buddies: Men on pointe get in touch with their feminine side in Houston Ballet's Cinderella

By Nancy Wozny

So there's no pumpkin turning into a gilded carriage in Stanton Welch's Cinderella, running at Houston Ballet, Thursday through March 3. Get over it, there are men dancing in pointe sh ...


Dance Fever

Peter Pan, Madame Butterfly and powerful women mark Houston Ballet's new look season

By Whitney Radley

With a new executive director (Jim Nelson assumes the role on Feb. 15), a new center for dance and six fresh, new works added to the repertoire, the Houston Ballet is set up for a 2012-2013 season ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston Ballet greats, including "Mao's Last Dancer," reunite for Dance of Asian America gala

By Shelby Hodge

It was a rare moment in the world of Houston dance when former Houston Ballet prima ballerina Janie Parker and former principal dancer Li Cunxin, Mao's Last Dancer, reunited in the spotlig ...


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