Students at the Houston Ballet's Academy are ready to present their Spring Showcase — this year with four different pieces, including John Neumeier's Yondering .
Houston Ballet is only the second ballet school in the United States with permission to perform Yondering, ballet representatives said.
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There will be two pieces by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch: The Long and Winding Road and Studies. The academy's middle school students will perform Chopinana choreographed by Mikhail Fokine.
One of the participating students, 17-year-old Madison Young, said watching the Houston Ballet company's principal dancers who recently performed Sleeping Beauty aided her in preparation for the student showcase. “It really inspired me and helped me understand the work better,” she says. She is dancing the Molly role in Yondering and other roles as well in the program.
She hopes a lot of people will turn out. "It’s a chance to see the next generation of dancers and to support the academy and what we do and our hard work."
Performances of the Spring Showcase are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 22 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $31 - $54.