Public Programs

Society for the Performing Arts offers a range of public programs often facilitated by the world-class artists SPA brings to Houston. Pre-professionals and families are welcomed to participate in the multitude of offerings we provide throughout the season.

For questions or to request more information, contact the Education and Community Engagement Department at 713-632-8112 or [email protected].

Master Classes

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2019-2020 Dance Master Classes:

Society for the Performing Arts presents a series of innovative master classes that brings the expertise of world-renowned dancers, choreographers, and teaching artists from all over the globe directly to Houston.

Classes are open to the public for intermediate dancers and up. All classes cost $20 per participant.


  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM | Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center of Houston | 5601 South Braeswood Blvd; Houston, TX 77096
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  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Thursday, April 23, 2019 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM | Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center of Houston | 5601 South Braeswood Blvd; Houston, TX 77096
  • Kyle Abraham: Abraham in Motion
  • TBA | | Evelyn Rubinstein Jewish Community Center of Houston | 5601 South Braeswood Blvd; Houston, TX 77096

Behind the Curtain Lecture Series

The Behind the Curtain Lecture series brings artists from all over the world into intimate settings around Houston to share their artistic practice and inspiration. The series highlights the work of artists and creative directors of groups who will perform as main stage feature SPA productions.

  • Damien Sneed,
  • | Feb 10, 2020 |
  • Lila Downs,
  • | Mar 3, 2020 |
  • JooWan Kim, Christopher Nicholas, MC Sandman,
  • | May 14, 2020 |
  • Kyle Abraham,
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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 application period for the 2019-2020 Performance Prelude season has now closed. Applications will open for the 2020-2021 season in May 2020. 


Performance Preludes are made possible by support from:

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Westwood Trust Creative Chats

For almost every scheduled performance, SPA plans a pre- or post-performance discussion to provide patrons with context and insight into the art and artistry that graces our stages and fills our halls. Students and teachers are particularly encouraged to join these conversations with professional musicians, dancers, choreographers, directors, tour managers and local experts. Topics of discussion can include the design and rehearsal process, training and preparation for performances, inspirations for the work of art, historical background and relevant current events.

Every Creative Chat is included in the price of admission to the show. For individuals who cannot attend, the discussions will be live-streamed through SPA’s Facebook page.

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