Education

Education & Community Engagement 

Society for the Performing Arts' Education & Community Engagement Department creates affordable opportunities for the discovery, development and celebration of creativity on and off stage by engaging all people in the Houston area through diverse programs and cultural partnerships. From professional development for teachers to pre-performance activities for the whole family, SPA's education and community engagement programs offer something for everyone!

Arts Talks are pre-performance discussions and demonstrations led by touring artists, artistic directors or local experts. These short lectures provide context and insight prior to each main stage presentation.

Performance Preludes highlight local performing arts groups within the Houston community by offering performance opportunities in front of SPA audiences prior to each main stage presentation. Sponsored by HEB.

Master Classes provide local dancers and musicians the rare opportunity to learn from SPA’s world class touring artists and are held in community centers and schools all over the Houston area.

Student Matinees introduce thousands of students to the performing arts through discounted daytime performances geared specifically for K-8 audiences. TEKS-aligned study guides that focus on STEM and arts integration are provided for each matinee performance.

Teacher Workshops are professional development opportunities for K through 12 educators. Whether a dance teacher is looking for new techniques or a science teacher wants to integrate the arts into the core curriculum, SPA provides workshops with teaching tools and strategies that work. Sponsored by Conoco Phillips.

The Wells Fargo Student Art Contest, now in its 18th year, aligns with one of SPA’s main stage presentations, which serves as inspiration for the contest. Hundreds of students submit their artwork to SPA each season; winning entries are showcased in exhibits all around the Houston area.

Artist Residencies give students personal access to SPA’s touring artists from around the globe. Artists visiting Houston as a part of an extended residency engage students through master classes, demonstrations and conversations over several days.

Movement Toward Literacy is a partnership with Writers in the Schools that explores the connections between the written and spoken word and dance to support learning and creativity in the classroom. Sponsored by Phillips 66.

Education Discounts like the Student Series and Teacher Club offer discounts to students and teachers for evening main stage performances.  


If you have any questions or would like to request additional information, please email education@spahouston.org.



Volunteer Houston sponsors SPA's Education & Community Engagement Intern through the 
2016 Shell Nonprofit Internship Program



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Arts Talk for David Parsons Dance

Arts Talk for David Parsons Dance

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, September 23, 2016

Orchestra Level, Cullen Theater
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of David Parsons Dance Company.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Ad Deum Dance Company

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Ad Deum Dance Company

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Friday, September 23, 2016

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us for a free performance by Ad Deum Dance Company! 

Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas, directed by its founder Randall Flinn, who established the company in January 2000. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope.

Ad Deum has toured across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Their work has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine and they have received outstanding reviews of their performances worldwide. Ad Deum has performed the works of many amazing choreographers including Steve Rooks (former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company), Durell Comedy (José Limón Dance Company), Ryan Corriston (former dancer with Doug Varone), Caleb Mitchell (former Houston Ballet dancer), Hope Boykin, Matthew Rushing, and Freddie Moore (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Wynne (TALK Dance Company), Bill Wade (Inlet Dance Theatre), as well as the works of Mr. Flinn and Ad Deum Company members.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Sonkiss'd Dance Theater

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Sonkiss'd Dance Theater

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Friday, October 7, 2016

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by 
Sonkiss'd Dance Theaater.

Sonkiss'd Dance Theater is a collective of artists created to serve all through performing arts. Our mission is to create experiences so powerful audiences don't leave the same. We create with the CREATOR!
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Allegro West

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Allegro West

Performance Preludes
5:00 PM - 5:20 PM Sunday, October 9, 2016

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
by Allegro West!

Allegro West provides top quality dance instruction to all ages and levels through a curriculum supported by the Royal Academy of Dance. Allegro West strives to instill a deep appreciation for the art form, discipline, and a foundation for a professional dance career. Catriona Steel, the director of Allegro West Academy of Dance, has been teaching dance for the past forty years, both in the United States and Europe.  Mrs. Steel is a certified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and holds teaching certificates in many disciplines with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. In 2011, Mrs. Steel and Allegro West were honored with the School Recognition award presented by the American Ballet Competition. The same year, Ms. Steel was also awarded 'Outstanding Teacher' by Youth America Grand Prix. Her dedication to her pupils has gained them entry into some of the most prestigious schools worldwide including the Royal Ballet School, School of American Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet School. She currently has students dancing with New York City Ballet and Dutch National Ballet Academy.
Arts Talk for Underwater Bubble Show

Arts Talk for Underwater Bubble Show

ArtsTalk
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM Friday, October 28, 2016

Orchestra Level, Cullen Theater
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Underwater Bubble Show.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Friday, October 28, 2016

The Bridge, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble.

Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble is made up of advanced Suzuki violin, viola and cello students ages 9 to 18, led by our esteemed faculty, Meredith Harris, Elisabeth Hope and Danette Schuh. These extremely talented, motivated students participate in numerous full-day intensive workshops during the year to prepare for each exciting concert season. Repertoire includes selections from the great composers of the Classical and Baroque eras as well as Texas-style fiddling and popular toe-tapping tunes. These busy students all live in the greater Houston area and many of them perform with their school orchestras, youth symphonies and other groups. They come together here to share their love of learning and making music both at home and on the road. Our 2016-17 season, “Destination Disney”, includes local Houston area concerts, a featured performance at the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival in Greenville, TX, a Texas tour through Austin, College Station and San Antonio, and performances onstage at Disney World.

Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

ArtsTalk
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM Friday, November 18, 2016

Orchestra Level, Jones Hall
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Cirque Dreams Holidaze.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Central Dance Ensemble

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Central Dance Ensemble

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, November 18, 2016

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
Central Dance Ensemble.

The Central Dance Ensemble is Houston Community College-Central campus premiere contemporary dance ensemble. The CDE under the direction of Maggie Lasher has been a staple of the HCC dance program since 2010 and regularly performs throughout the school year. The ensemble has a fall concert featuring work by student choreographers, and a spring repertory concert showcasing work from faculty, guest artists, and selected students. HCC students audition for the ensemble in both the fall and the spring, and the ensemble provides a wonderful opportunity for the most gifted dance students to showcase their talents and experience being in a professionally run dance ensemble. Many Central Dance Ensemble members end up dancing with professional dance companies in Houston and frequently transfer to four-year university dance programs. In addition to their regular concert season the CDE has had the privilege of performing in the SPA Performance Prelude series, the Houston Fringe Festival, the Dance Gallery Festival, and numerous American College Dance Association conferences, as well as multiple times a year for a variety of Houston Community College events.
Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

ArtsTalk
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Saturday, November 19, 2016

Orchestra Level, Jones Hall
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Cirque Dreams Holidaze.
Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Arts Talk for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

ArtsTalk
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM Saturday, November 19, 2016

Orchestra Level, Jones Hall
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Cirque Dreams Holidaze.
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