Formerly called the Ft. Worth/Dallas Ballet, the relatively new Texas Ballet Theater is the second largest professional dance company in Texas. It maintains 39 professional dancers and gives more than 50 performances in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area each year.
In 2003 Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., formerly the director of the Houston Ballet, took over the artistic directorship of Texas Ballet Theater and under his watch the caliber of this company’s technical performance has risen steadily. In 2006, Texas Ballet Theater also acquired its own school, Dallas Dance Academy. Already a well-regarded independent training ground, this academy now serves as the official Texas Ballet Theater school.
Particularly popular among the fans of Texas Ballet Theater is an organization called Lone Star Adagio. Primarily a volunteer organization, it’s dedicated to raising popular awareness of the company and is now generating excitement as Texas Ballet Theater prepares to take up residency in the brand new Winspear Opera House. Members enjoy many social engagements and opportunities to mingle with Texas Ballet Theater artists.
The Texas Ballet Theater Information
- Other Venues: Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street, Dallas; Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue, Dallas
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Three programs per year, plus the annual Nutcracker. Each program is performed three times. The Nutcracker runs for most of December
- Ticket Prices: $19–$99; students can purchase tickets for $10 one hour prior to performances
- Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Specific packages are designed on an individual basis
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions are available for two, three, four, or five shows. Venue preference is available as is a Family series option. All sales are final. Tickets may be exchanged for a $10 fee. Benefits include advance purchases, invitations to private parties, free ticket exchanges, and notices about special events and offers
- Membership: Fees start at $250 and include recognition in performance programs, discount coupons for 10% off ticket purchases, and access to the members-only line at the box office. Membership in the Ballet Guild, a volunteer organization, starts at $35 and requires participation on selected committees.