houston metropolitan dance
ABOUT: Founded in 1995, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center is an arts and educational organization. Located in the heart of the Museum District, the center is committed to the development of dance using movement as a learning tool. Through our training center, Educational outreach program, scholarship program, and performance company, Houston Met strives to contribute to the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community in order to enhance the quality of life of individuals as well as make significant contributions to our greater society.
The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Texas and a 501 (c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Code is dedicated to the arts and the development of contemporary dance. Houston Met does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.
MICHELLE SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, has a background of over 24 years of ballet training including the New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University where she also performed at Summer Stock/Casa Manana Musical Playhouse earning leading roles in "Grease," "Oklahoma," and "Chicago." After college she joined the Delia Stewart Dance Company working first as principal dancer and then as Manager of the Company and Director of the School. She established a children’s program and diversified the adult’s program that became the base for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. She taught children and adults for over 25 years believing that dance creates self-esteem and discipline that overflow into everyday life.
1202 Calumet @ SanJacinto
Houston TX, 77004