Student Programs

Society for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the lives of K-12 and college students throughout the greater Houston area with multidimensional programming in the classroom and the theater. For questions or to request more information, contact the Education and Community Engagement Department at 713-632-8112 or [email protected]

Ballet Hispanico Summer Intensive

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Ballet Hispánico Summer Intensive


July 29, 2019 – August 9, 2019 | located at Hunter Dance Center


Para encontrar información en español, por favor haz clic en este link: 2019 Manual de Participante o envía un email a [email protected]


The Ballet Hispánico Summer Intensive dance residency is a two week experience that is designed to serve the needs of emerging dancers in the Houston community and supports a 360-degree approach to the development of the dancer. Training is rigorous and dynamic in the tradition of Ballet Hispánico’s signature fusion of classical ballet, contemporary and folkloric dance forms. The day-to-day experience is structured around high expectations for presentation, comportment, and engagement. The intensive has been curated to satisfy the cultivation of technique and versatility in the fusion of forms and disciplines, and the education of families and dancers to understand how to navigate the life of a professional dancer.

The intensive is split into two sections, a Junior High Intensive (grades 6-8) and a Pre-Professional Intensive (grades 9-12). Class placement will take place the first day to make sure each participant is placed in an appropriate level group.

Registration for the 2019 Ballet Hispanico Summer Intensive is NOW OPEN!

Register for the 2019 Intensive here:

Eventbrite Registration


Registration Documents and Handbook can be found HERE.

¡También ofrecemos el manual de participante y registro en español!

Some financial aid is available. If a family wishes to apply for financial assistance, they are invited to submit the Summer Intensive Scholarship Application form, found at the end of the 2019 Handbook.

Hay becas disponibles. Si quiere solicitar ayuda financiera, se invita entregar el formulario: Summer Intensive Solicitud de Beca, encontrado al final del Manual de Participante 2019.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

H-E-B Performance Preludes

In conjunction with Society for the Performing Arts’ main stage season presentations, the Education & Community Engagement Department seeks to showcase talented local companies and ensembles, outstanding school programs and exceptional young artists through its Performance Preludes program. This pre-show performance opportunity in the lobby of Jones Hall or the Wortham Center offers local artists exposure to SPA patrons and wider recognition in the Houston arts scene.

The 2019-2020 Performance Prelude application is now open! Please see below for guidelines and registration documents. 

HEB Performance Prelude Guidelines

HEB Performance Prelude Application

Applications will be accepted through July 26, 2019 and placements will be announced in late August for the 2019-2020 season.

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Performance Preludes are made possible by support from:

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Student Matinees

Student Matinees

Student Matinees give educators and students alike a unique opportunity to have cultural and artistic experience outside of the classroom. Society for the Performing Arts offers $10 tickets to each of the matinees, keeping each performance as accessible as possible
for education groups.

Check back here for future student matinee offerings!

Sensory Friendly Performances

Please note: This performance is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Society for the Performing Arts’ Education and Community
Engagement Department creates affordable opportunities for
the discovery, development and celebration of creativity on
and off stage for all people in the Houston area. Each one-hour
performance includes the following:

  • Orchestra level seating only, with room to move around
  • Designated quiet areas in the theater
  • Lowered sound levels
  • House lights at a low level during the performance
  • No strobe lighting
  • Talking and movement during the performance allowed
  • Extra volunteer support provided

Check back here for future sensory friendly performances at SPA!

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Support for this performance provided by:

Backstage Experiences

Technical Theater Tours

Society for the Performing Arts creates opportunities for the
discovery, development, and celebration of creativity on and off stage
– Technical Theater Tours help Houston students explore everything
that happens backstage and behind the scenes before, during, and
after SPA presentations

Each tour includes a visit to Jones Hall, and backstage meetings with
touring technical directors and production managers before
attending a performance. These range from lighting design to sound
engineering, and each tour is catered to the needs of each school.

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Sports Medicine Tours

Society for the Performing Arts creates opportunities for the
discovery, development, and celebration of creativity on and off stage
– Sports Medicine Tours provide pre-professional trainers or physical
therapists with the opportunity to engage with and learn from
performers as athletes behind the scenes before, during, and after
SPA presentations.

Each tour includes a visit to Jones Hall, and backstage meetings with
touring physical trainers and artist observations concentrating on a
variety of topics related to sports medicine before attending a

Movement Toward Literacy

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Society for the Performing Arts supports exploration of the performing arts and creative writing to enhance an individual’s ability to understand, interpret and appreciate written text and spoken words, in partnership with Writers in the Schools (WITS), MET Dance, and local theater teaching artists. Movement Toward Literacy (MTL) initiative utilizes the power of the performing arts to teach components of literacy such as active listening, articulate speech, coherent writing and reading comprehension.

Each WITS writer will lead their students through creative writing
activities using Imagine as their theme, tying into the 2018-2019 SPA mainstage presentations The Wizard of OZ, Finding Neverland, and the dance company Pilobolus show, Shadowland: The New Adventure. Students will work with the WITS artist and dance or theater instructors to develop their own imaginary worlds and adventures, creating and choreographing dance or theatrical performance pieces that incorporate and inform their writing.

This program is generously sponsored by:

Wells Fargo Student Art Contest

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THE 21ST WELLS FARGO STUDENT ART CONTEST aligns the visual arts with SPA’s mainstage performing arts presentations which serve as inspiration. Winning entries are sorted from hundreds of submissions and showcased around the Houston area. Inspired by The Wizard of OZ, Finding Neverland, and Pilobolus: Shadowland II, this year’s theme is Imagine. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to create new worlds and embark on new adventures in their submissions, drawing from the magical lands in all three of the SPA mainstage shows.

See a gallery of the winners of this year’s art contest HERE!

A special thank you to the sponsor of the 21st Annual Wells Fargo
Student Art Contest:

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