Workshops & Programs


Ballet Theatre Houston is a pre-professional, non-profit ballet company including local dance students and artists in residence. Guest Artistic Directors Katya Chtchelkanova and Anton Boytsov, founders of Open World Dance Foundation and graduates of Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, are directing the annual production of "The Nutcracker".

BTH was founded by the late Robert Underwood to combine his knowledge, choreography skills and professional ballet network to provide dancers with increased opportunities to train and perform and gives our community the opportunity to develop a passion for dance through annual productions of "The Nutcracker" and a spring show that combines restaging of ballet classics and world premiers. 



Ballet Theatre Houston offers a program to inspire younger dancers to love dance. We had a wonderful kick-off to the new season in October. In December, there will be Nutcracker Tea at the studio where Petite Patrons will get to see our dancers in costume up close and learn steps from the show.  In March, all will enjoy a picnic and the final event in May to learn a dance for Petitie Patrons to perform in the recital with their big sisters. The program is fun for all ages from those in our Discovery Classes through those who are looking forward to going up on pointe in the next year or two.

We continue to welcome new little sisters (and brothers). Registration is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional sibling.  Contact the front desk to register.

American Jazz Dance Company

Dancers at Studio of Dance have the opportunity to be part of AJDC.  A non-profit, competitive dance team open to dancers five and up, Cece White founded the company more than 30 years ago.  AJDC has produced professional dancers, choreographers and teachers actively working in the industry today.


Summer training can make a significant difference in a dancer's advancement.  Without the school year's academic and other competing priorities, dance can be your main focus.  And, our bodies work much better with year round training.  You've heard of "muscle memory" - it's particularly important when you are asking your body to conform and stretch in ways it is only used for dance.  Most of all, it's a fun way to stay active.

SUMMER DANCE CLASSESWe will offer weekly classes to keep up with your training over the summer.  Register for as many weeks as you are available and we will prorate your tuition.  Students should take classes at their current level except for those who will be transitioning from Discovery to Ballet 1 (those entering 1st grade in fall whether they have prior training or not) and those invited to begin transition to pointe. 

SUMMER INTENSIVE and Junior Intensive

A great way to kick-off your summer training.  Our two week Summer Intensive is designed to offer top caliber training like you would receive at other national programs with a lower cost and at our local studio.  All Company members are expected to attend.  Those interested in being a host family for visiting dancers please contact Mr. Underwood.

Our junior intensive occurs during the second week of our summer intensive to give younger dancers a taste of the intensive experience with two classes per day.




Special Events

  • BTH Master Class Series with Ekaterina Shchelkanova & Anton Boytsov

    BTH MASTER CLASS SERIES WITH EKATERINA SHCHELKANOVA & ANTON BOYTSOV August 10 - 15, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00pm Master Class Series of Ballet, Character and Variations. Ballet Theatre Houston presents a Master Class Series with Ekaterina Shchelkanova & Anton Boytsov at Robert Underwood's Studio of Dance.  This master class series is for intermediate and advanced students.

  • Dance Insights

    "Passe is an action not a position." - Mr. Robert   Robert shares a wealth of information on a variety of topics, especially ballet.  In any class you take from him you are likely to get equal parts of history, pedagogy and current trends while training.  "Pedagogy" is the art and science of education.  So there you are, you just learned something by reading this blog post.

  • It's Never Too Late

    It’s never too late to join a dance class. For students interested in joining our Discovery and Pre-Professional Classes, we are working on recital. Because we focus on training versus competition or performance in our classes, we welcome students whether they participate in recital or not.

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