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Press Feature: Art of Nurturing New Choreographers (CultureMap Houston)

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Photo by Tony Speilberg

A huge thanks to Nancy Wozny for highlighting our Artistic Director Stephen Mills in CultureMap Houston’s “The art of nurturing new choreographers: It’s not sexy, but it’s the only way to move.” The article quotes Stephen:

“My belief is that art in the 21st century centers around illuminating the world in which we live. Simply linking existing steps together is not rigorous enough to accomplish that task. In selecting choreographers, our team seeks to identify those people who are working to create new movement vocabularies; we look for artists who challenge dance structure as we understand it today.”

Ballet Austin’s New American Talent/Dance competition is Feb 17-19. It’s a great way to catch new works from three of the nation’s best up-and-coming choreographers and help choose the winner yourself.

For the full article, visit CultureMap Houston.


Press Feature: Austin Arts Groups Feel Strains of Growth (Austin American-Statesman)

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

There’s more behind a great performance than well-worn pointe shoes. Arts organizations need what every other organization needs to thrive: money. And that money doesn’t pour in effortlessly. That’s the topic that Austin American-Statesman Arts Critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin focused on last week in her article “Austin arts groups feel strains of growth.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article referencing Ballet Austin and our Executive Director Cookie Ruiz:

“Both Ballet Austin and Zach Theatre report solid economics with no debts. [Cookie] Ruiz said the ballet’s board began planning for an economic downtown before the 2008 stock market crash and made cuts, while adding a $100,000 contingency surplus into the budget. And the company clearly has something Austin wants to buy: The ballet saw its highest-grossing season, with 42,257 paid attendees and nearly $2 million in ticket sales, this past year.”

Thanks to Jeanne Claire for the mention. For the entire article, visit

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