In 1981, Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin made national news when he defected to the U.S. to join the Houston Ballet. The Chinese and U.S. governments faced off over the issue, and Vice President George Bush ended up intervening -- and prevailing. Cunxin went on to dance with the Houston Ballet for t ... More >>
Houston Ballet dancers explain their peculiar preshow rituals
Ben Stevenson has built Houston Ballet into one of the biggest companies in the country. So why does his job often seem in jeopardy?
Trey McIntyre gets the Houston Ballet crowd hooked on a feeling
A backstage struggle between Stevenson and a managing director splits the ballet
Dawn Scannell makes a captivating Capulet in Houston Ballet's Romeo and Juliet
Don Quixote returns, as Rachel Beard says good-bye
The Ballet's Swan Lake is all about transformations -- such as dancer to star
1996 Summer Guide
For 20 years, prima ballerina Janie Parker's feet have been harnessed to the Houston Ballet. In one more month, she plans to set them free.
The Merry Widow proves to be more about sparkle and spectacle than dance
With Peer Gynt, the Houston Ballet finds a theatrical soul at the heart of dance
Peter Martins' Waltz Project gets its Houston debut
When the dancers of the Houston Ballet learned their artistic director, Ben Stevenson, had been forced into a medical leave, they had to wonder: were there problems ahead?
Observations from behind the Nutcracker curtain