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WATCH: Houston Ballet Dancers On Why They Love Performing ‘Giselle’

To launch their 50th season, the Houston Ballet goes back to where it all started – the ballet Giselle!

In preparation of launching a company of professional dancers, The Houston Foundation for Ballet hired Nina Popova, to serve as Artistic Director. Using her students, students from other local companies and securing Carla Fracci & Erik Bruhn from American Ballet Theatre, they mounted what would become Houston Ballet‘s first full length production: Giselle. That was in 1967. Popova continued into the next year selecting and training dancers, and in February 1969, The Houston Ballet launched their first season.

This year — 50 years later — Houston Ballet opened the season with Giselle, and soloist Bridget Kuhns and Ballet Master Amy Fote sat down to discuss the challenges and joys of dancing this historic story ballet.

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Ernie Manouse, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before working at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS (now Houston Public Media), and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered eleven Emmy Awards, five...

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