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I was just wondering if anyone knows any information about the men's classes/schedule in Houston from first or second-hand information. There is alot posted on the site about girls, but not so much about boys. I am considering HBA for summer 2005, so I was just wondering about the SI.

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Houston's SI has always had a large number of male dancers. I don't know their exact schedule, but I know they do have men's classes and a lot of pas de deux classes too. In the top level they also have the opportunity to choreograph.

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Thank you Ms. Leigh. A quick question on Washington School of Ballet (since I cannot private message because I do not have enough posts yet) what is the men's schedule like there?

 

Anyone else have information on Houston? I do like the choreographing part though..and alot of pas deux and men's classes. =)

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We generally have more men in the SI than we have during the year, however it's still relatively small, compared to some place like ABT or Houston. There are men's classes and lots of pas de deux. :)

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Houston Ballet Academy's mens program is excellent! Sometimes you have all men private technique classes and other times you will have seperate "mens classes" along with mens variations. The pas de deux work is excellent, difficult and challenging... But it is the kind of partnering that is being done these days in more contemporary ballets. They have a great teacher - Claudio Munoz who may be intimidating at first, but is a really nice guy and a wonderful teacher. I recommend Houston a lot to you!

 

I went there summer of 2001.

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Re: Houston SI 2005

 

I am 16 and just started ballet about a year ago. I was fortunate to attend Houston's SI this year. It was a great opportunity. I agree, Claudio is a FANTASTIC instructor! But also must say everyone there was extremely helpful. It was my first time away from home for that amount of time and I met lots of cool dancers from around the country. Stanton Welch also gives amazing classes. You come away from Houston's SI having learned so much, and with an increased love of ballet when you are done...okay...and losing your baby fat and gaining a 6 pack in the deal was nothing to complain about. :yucky:

 

Right now, lets just hope they all make it through Hurricane Rita safely. Best wishes to all at Houston Ballet Academy.

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Keston, thank you for your post and welcome to Ballet Talk! We do hope you'll stick around. :yucky: Please feel free to check out the Welcome forum and tell us a little about yourself, and Giannina, our "Welcome Lady" will give you some tips on how to easily navigate the board. We're glad you're here!

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