Texas Ballet companies conclude their seasons with vintage warhorses: Swan Lake, at Texas Ballet Theater, May 30-June 1, and Houston Ballet, June 5-15; and The Sleeping Beauty, at Ballet Austin, May 9-11.
I've written more Nutcracker stories than should be allowed. Dance writers should have a quota. For a while, disaster stories were all the rage. Tales of a remote control rat going rogue on stage can seriously stir up holiday bluster.
No, ballet wasn’t born in Texas. But, in accord with the proverbial Law of Attraction, it got here as fast as it could.
Since the arrival of a troupe of traveling Russians during a time when even Hollywood movies were still, literally, finding their voice, the art and practice of ballet has been nurtured by Texans, who support not one, but three multi-million-dollar-budget ballet companies, and a host of smaller, but no less notable, organizations.