Houston Ballet Foundation

aka Houston Ballet   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.houstonballet.org

Mission

To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Mr. James Nelson

Artistic Director

Mr. Stanton Welch AM

Main address

601 Preston Street

Houston, TX 77002 USA

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EIN

74-1394920

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Ballet (A63)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

A world-class ballet company with a diverse repertory of classics and contemporary works.

Houston Ballet has always maintained the highest standards. We train and attract global talent- dancers with classical training that allows them to move seamlessly across all genres. These dancers inspire choreographers to do their very best work.

Houston Ballet’s programs and services aim to expose and offer opportunities for all members of the community to participate in the art form of dance.  Through our Wortham Theatre Center six-production subscription series, Nutcracker season, free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and our Education and Community Engagement initiatives, we endeavor to expand our reach and access to encompass all diverse populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Education and Community Engagement programs consist of: Adapted Dance, Autism-Friendly Performances, My First Ballet, Ballet Talks, Behind the Scenes Tour, Chance to Dance, Graceful Givings, Guest Speaking, Dance to Learn, Dance Talks, Learning from the Masters, Studio Series, Student Matinees, Teacher Workshops, and X3: Explore, Extend, Excel.

We strive to provide accessible, high-quality dance education that engages a diversified youth audience, and inspires creativity, critical thinking, communication, and physical fitness. Furthermore, our focus is serving children who are deemed economically disadvantaged, by targeting schools with 75 percent or more children who receive reduced/free lunch. In the past 2020-2021 season, Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement programming reached 231,254 students throughout Houston and surrounding areas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The company has toured extensively across the United States and abroad. National cities toured include: Chicago, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles, and at the world-renowned Jacob's Pillow Festival, among many others.

Houston Ballet has toured to international destinations including but not limited to: Canada, Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Dance for Parkinson's is an innovative and collaborative dance program for people with Parkinson's in the Houston community. The program is brought to Houstonians by Houston Ballet Foundation and Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS).

A pianist accompanies the class and incorporates various types of music, encouraging participants to dance independently and find their own beat.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Since its founding in 1955, Houston Ballet Academy has provided the highest quality ballet training for those enrolled. Through various programs, the Academy trains over 1,000 students a year. It offers training designed to take students from their first introduction to movement through a full course of ballet study. The Academy’s outstanding faculty includes teachers who have performed with prestigious companies throughout the world.

Houston Ballet Academy is comprised of four programs: the Preschool Program, Adult Program and the Pre-Professional and Professional Programs. All programs are designed to train students in various forms of dance and movement. The Preschool Program and Adult Program do not require an audition and are open to the general public for registration.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These number represents the tickets sold for the performances at our home theater. Does not include any touring/off site performances.

Total number of performances

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number includes the performances of our Company at our home theater as well as touring/off site performances.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Increasing

Context Notes

Donors who have contributed to the annual fund.

Number of students enrolled

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Houston Ballet's mission is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.

In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining and enhancing our status as:

• A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works.

• A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form.

• An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences.

• A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers.

• A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals and ongoing operations.

Embodied in the organization's current long range plan, our strategies are as follows:

1) Contribute to the dance repertoire and nurture Houston Ballet's reputation as a leading center of new choreography through increased creation, "updating," and production of new choreographies

2) Increase the size of the dance Company to allow a broader range of productions and a greater depth of talent within the Company

3) Increase prominence and recognition of the artistic achievement and quality of Houston Ballet through more performances, as well as regular, national, and international touring to select dance capitals in the U.S. and abroad.

4) To continue to nurture the Houston Ballet Academy as a nationally recognized top training facility to establish the Academy as the "school of choice" among aspiring dancers

5) Increase public awareness of Houston Ballet's diverse repertoire by defining and promoting a consistent Houston Ballet brand, and successfully selling mixed programs

6) Build a stronger and deeper, loyal support of Trustees, donors, audiences, and alumni.

Houston Ballet has committed significant resources to its investment in fundraising staff, marketing and advertising. This commitment has directly impacted and increased earned and contributed revenue which has and will continue to support strategic program goals.

At the conclusion of fiscal year 2021, Houston Ballet:

Impacted over 280,000 individuals through performances, community engagement efforts and special events.
Showcased 17 virtual season performances
Held 128 in-person performances
Debuted 13 world premiers and 63 Houston premiers

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Houston Ballet Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. S. Shawn Stephens

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

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