Public Programs (New, Dev)

Society for the Performing Arts offers a range of public programs often facilitated by the world-class artists SPA brings to Houston. Adults and children 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

Master Classes

2017 – 2018 Dance Master Classes:

Society for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, presents the 2017-2018 SPA at the J Dance Master Class Series. This series of innovative master classes 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. Sign up for all four and save!

Ballet Hispánico is generously supported by SunTrust Foundation.


Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77090

There are no master classes scheduled at this time.

Public Choreographer Discussion Series

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. As part of that mission, SPA is pleased to present a sensory-friendly matinee by Ballet Hispánico on Friday, May 18th at 10:30 am in the Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston. This one-hour performance will include 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

Information about the performance: A Social Narrative is available; email to request a copy. For more information or for questions, call SPA’s Education and Community Engagement Department at 713-632-8102. To purchase tickets, call 713-227-4772.

Support for this performance provided by:

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.


How to Apply

Please submit the completed Application, along with all required attachments via email to Please write “Performance Prelude Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Performance Prelude Guidelines

Performance Prelude Application

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on July 6, 2018. Selected artists will be notified on or before July 27, 2018. All applicants must read the Performance Prelude Guidelines prior to submitting an application.

“This performance prelude is an amazing opportunity. This is my first time at Jones Hall and first time attending a major music show!”

-International Music School student participating in the H-E-B Performance prelude for The 5 Browns, Friday May 12, 2017

Westwood Trust Art Talks

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.

For questions, contact the Education and Community Engagement Department at 713-632-8112 or