Houston Ballet Wants a New Downtown Home

The Houston Ballet is planning to build a new home in downtown Houston that will bring everything it does together under one roof. Jim Bell reports.

Houston Ballet performs at the Wortham Center, but it rehearses, trains dancers and stores costumes at its ballet academy on West Gray. It also rents office space in the Wortham.  Director C.C. Connor says it's hard to maintain a professional ballet company spread out that way, and they're tired of it.

"We are bursting at the seams in this building. We need more space. We need to expand academy programs.  We are very limited in the number of classes we can give in the academy for children and young dancers." 

Connor says the building they want will go up in the block across Smith Street from the Wortham Center because the ballet already owns half that block.  It'll cost $53 million dollars, which Connor says will come from private donations.

"We are looking for and starting to talk to the major donors in town about funding this project and seeing if we can raise enough funds to make this project a reality."

Connor says these plans are still developing and they haven't set a timetable yet, but they've done feasibility studies that make them feel confident they can raise the money and make it happen.  

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.