When she was very young, Caroline Perry was introduced to dance through the Mommy and Me classes. The experience stuck through the years and although she was active in sports such as soccer, golf and softball, she eventually discarded all of them in favor of ballet.
Perry, who came to Houston from Orange County, California, and is now a member of Houston Ballet's HBII program for young artists, will be just one of several ballet students showing off what they've learned at this year's Academy Spring Showcase on April 28 and 29.
The 17-year-old Perry, who next year will move up to the Houston Ballet ranks, will be dancing Bolero from Stanton Welch’s Brigade as well as joining the whole academy in Studies, which has the older dancers “helping the younger kids do their dances.”
Perry says she loves dancing not only for the constant activity but even more for the performance experiences, and a large part of the reason she decided to move to Houston was the well-rounded training she could receive here in contemporary as well as classical dance.
Audiences will have the chance to enjoy these students' present talents as well as to assess their potential for future stardom.
Asked if she came from a dancing family, Perry said no, adding, “My mom does have very nice feet and I get them from her.” To see all those nice feet and a whole lot more, come to one of only two performances scheduled for these students.
Performances are scheduled for April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $35-$55.