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 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Arts Talk for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, March 24, 2017

Orchestra Level, Cullen Theater
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Atascocita High School Chamber Strings

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Atascocita High School Chamber Strings

Performance Preludes
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by Atascocita High School Chamber Strings!

The Atascocita High School Chamber Strings is comprised of the top-performing musicians from the larger 190 member AHS Orchestra program. This ensemble has achieved many notable accomplishments, including earning the Sweepstakes Award at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest since the school's opening in 2006, being selected to perform at the 2012 Midwest Clinic, and earning the Grand Champion Award at the American String Teachers' Association's National Orchestra Festival in 2014 and the Honor Group Award at the 2016 Grand National Adjudicators' Invitational.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Langham Creek High School Bailadoras

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Langham Creek High School Bailadoras

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
the Langham Creek High School Bailadoras.

The Langham Creek Bailadoras are a year long public high school dance program who consistently wins regional, state and national titles with their superb technical performances in the areas of lyrical, jazz, pom, novelty and hip hop.  They begin their season performing for the high school football team under the Friday night lights and for their school pep rallies where the students anxiously await for their hip hop routines.  In the spring the spend months of preparation to prepare for their competition season. The team competes at 5 contests, bringing home National titles on a yearly basis since their inception of 1984.  At the end of the year the girls put on a spring show highlighting their competition dances, as well as to showcase many new routines prepared just for their show. The Bailadoras are under the direction of Mrs. Barbie Parker and assistant director Mrs. Lindsey Brown, and have a very supportive booster club.
Arts Talk for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Arts Talk for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, April 21, 2017

Orchestra Level, Cullen Theater
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member from Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Uptown Dance Company II

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Uptown Dance Company II

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Friday, April 21, 2017

The Bridge, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by 
Uptown Dance Company II.

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 and professional dance company based in Houston, TX. Our company presents contemporary, diverse, and innovative choreography created to expand the imagination of dance audiences. Incorporating multiple genres of performance expression into a single professional company, UDC strives to break boundaries and provide a unique place for dancers and choreographers to convey their passion for the art we create.

UDC II is a pre-professional performing group, consisting of students from Levels VI and VII of the Uptown Dance Centre, who perform annually in the Nutcracker Suite, Dance Infusion, Spring Show, and various festivals locally and abroad. These dancers are selected to audition for the company by invitation only. As members of UDC II, these dancers have the privilege to work with renowned choreographers in works created especially for them, as well as have the opportunity to supplement the professional Uptown Dance Company. UDC II has toured nationally to Chicago and New York, as well internationally to countries that include Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica, and China.
Arts Talk for The 5 Browns

Arts Talk for The 5 Browns

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, May 12, 2017

Orchestra Level, Jones Hall
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion prior to The 5 Browns' performance.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring International Music Academy

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring International Music Academy

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Friday, May 12, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by International Music Academy.

The International Music Academy provides expert and comprehensive music instruction to its students, which come from around the greater Houston area including Katy, Clear Lake, Richmond, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, as well as central Houston.  Students have performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia, the Albert Hall in London, and gave a concert tour in China in 2015.  They have won numerous competitions both in Houston and throughout America. They are consistently recognized for their artistic playing and exciting performances.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Meyerland Dance Ensemble

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Saturday, May 20, 2017

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
the Meyerland Dance Ensemble.

Meyerland Dance Ensemble is an advanced pre-professional group of young dancers who are pursuing technical and artistic excellence in all forms of dance. Under the direction of Chadwick Peters, these dancers have been performed all over Houston in multiple events and venues such as Wortham Center, Jones Hall, Discovery Green, Hermann Park, and the new Midtown Arts and Theater Center, Houston (MATCH) and participated in prestigious dance programs including SPA Houston, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Houston Ballet, Vitacca Dance workshops and intensives.
Arts Talk for Jessica Lang Dance

Arts Talk for Jessica Lang Dance

ArtsTalk
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, May 26, 2017

Orchestra Level, Cullen Theater
Join us for a free pre-performance discussion with a company member of Jessica Lang Dance.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dance of Asian America

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dance of Asian America

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, June 9, 2017

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

Dance of Asian America (DAA) is a not-for-profit organization promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance.  In doing so, DAA sustains traditions, builds international ties, educates Houstonians in cross-cultural understanding, and fosters new generations of professional artists.  Dance of Asian America reaches over 50,000 people annually through over 50 large city-wide productions, educational programs and community performances.  

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