is a Charter member and honor company with RDASW and has been dedicated to supporting youth within the community since its inception in 1958. It is recognized as a company that brings quality performances to the community and prepares young dancers for professional careers. The company’s founder, Margo Marshall, passed away this year and will be greatly missed. The company, however, continues its training standards under Artistic Director Mary Elizabeth Arrington who worked with Ms. Marshall for the past twenty-two years and has served as Co-Artistic Director of the company for the past 15 years.
City Ballet of Houston has brought world renowned, teachers and choreographers to Houston, to teach master classes and annual summer workshops for the company including Olga Baltacheyeva, Pavel Fomin, Anna-Marie Holmes, Alun Jones, Ted Kivett, Elvira Kokorina, John Magnus, Alexander Minz, Yuli Pandi, Michael Phillips, Michael Uthoff, Bruce Wells, Alan Hineline, Roni Mahler, Margo Sappington, Soili Arvola, Leo Ahonen, and Robert Underwood, as well Luis Fuente who now serves as an assistant to the director.
Dancers from City Ballet of Houston have joined numerous companies throughout the country including Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Ballet de Santiago, Boston Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Tennessee Festival Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Het National and New York City Ballet. Many former CBH members are now teachers and directors within the region and around the world.
City Ballet of Houston produces a variety of performances and educational functions throughout the year in the greater Houston and Galveston areas. Our Nutcracker, staged by Frederic Franklin, is performed in Galveston and at Jones Hall as part of our Greater Houston Youth Nutcracker. The GHYN was founded in 1986 in cooperation with Inner City Productions and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Every September, CBH auditions H.I.S.D. school children in different city parks for “children’s parts” in the Nutcracker. Approximately 2500-3000 school children are bused to Jones Hall for the morning performances. The evening shows are free to the public, with tickets available at city parks.