Houston Met Dance is a 501(c) Non Profit organization.
To enhance the quality of life for individuals and society through the instruction and the performance of dance.
Houston Met Dance is a multi-functional dance organization that excels at instilling passion and excitement for dance in its students, training the talented youth of Houston and preparing them for careers in dance performance, and inspiring children through the art of dance. For the past 24 years, Houston Met Dance has been dedicated to enriching the communities of Houston and being a leader in diversity and vitality of arts presentation and instruction.
The Houston Met Dance Center offers both children and teen/adult classes where anyone can enjoy the artistic and physical benefits of dance in a vast range of genres and modalities regardless of age or experience level. The Houston Met Dance Center currently serves over 1,000 students per week while providing much needed space for many other local art organizations.
The Pre-Professional and Men’s Training provides young dancers with an intense program focused on preparing them for dance programs at universities and/or a professional career in dance performance. Alumni have achieved the highest levels of success with many attending top level arts institutions or are in professional dance companies.
Houston Met Dance Educational Outreach aims to excite, inspire, and expose the art of dance to as many spectators as possible. Our educational outreach program engages over 7,000 students K-12 from a minimum of 15-20 schools each season through free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theater and in-school lecture demonstrations.
In 1995, as a former performer, company manager, and dance center director of the Delia Stewart Dance Company and Center, Michelle Smith (founder and Executive Director of Houston Met Dance ) transitioned the retiring Delia Stewart organization into a new and vibrant one focused on providing the Houston public with a place to study dance. Thus, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Center (HMDC) was formed. Then located in Houston’s historic museum district, the center provided passionate dance instruction to thousands of students of all ages and experiences. Houston Met Dance continues its commitment to dance education through its classes for children, teens and adults and its youth training programs.