HOUSTON BALLET II DANCERS MAKE GUEST APPEARANCES IN THE NUTCRACKER DURING HOLIDAY SEASON
Houston, Texas – Several international artists of Houston Ballet II, the second company featuring exciting young dancers from around the globe launching their careers, will make guest appearances performing principal roles in productions of The Nutcracker in Texas and Louisiana during the month of December.
On Saturday, December 7 in Monroe, Louisiana, Houston Ballet II dancer Michael Ryan, a native of Plano, Texas, will partner with Aoi Fujiwara, a native of Osaka Japan, in the roles of the prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Twin City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
On Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, Houston Ballet II dancer Yubal Eduardo Morales Rubio, a native of Mexico City, will appear as the Prince opposite Ms. Fujiwara as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Tri Parish Ballet in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
Ms. Fujiwara will appear as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, partnered by Mr. Rubio.as her prince, in performances by Allegro Ballet in Katy, Texas on Saturday, December 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 22 at 2:30 pm.
About Houston Ballet II
Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of ballet students from around the world, Houston Ballet II members perform a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker to contemporary works by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch.
The mission of Houston Ballet II is three-fold; to provide students the opportunity to dance leading roles in varied repertoire, to allow the dancers to develop technically and artistically through performance experience, and to serve the greater Houston community by providing quality, professional performances. The visibility of the excellent training in Houston Ballet II supports the growth of the professional company at large.
Under the direction of Stanton Welch, Artistic Director and Shelly Power, Academy Director, Houston Ballet II dancers are led by the internationally acclaimed coaches and teachers Claudio Muñoz, ballet master for Houston Ballet II; Sabrina Lenzi, ballet mistress for Houston Ballet II and Houston Ballet’s artistic staff. Houston Ballet II second company members tour both nationally and internationally, and have performed in Mexico, China, Hungary, Guatemala, and Lausaunne, Switzerland where Houston Ballet II performed at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne dance competition.
HOUSTON BALLET II
December 7, 2013 Houston Ballet II dancers with Twin City Ballet at Monroe Civic
Monroe, LA Center in Monroe, LA.
December 14-15, 2013 Houston Ballet II dancers with Tri Parish Ballet at Odyssey
Denham Springs, LA Academy of Dance in Denham Springs, LA.
December 21-22, 2013 Houston Ballet II dancers with Allegro Ballet at James E. Taylor
Katy, Texas High School in Katy, TX.