LAUNCH by Vitacca Ballet




World Premiere Choreography by Garrett Smith

HOUSTON, TEXAS [March 18, 2023]: Vitacca Ballet Artistic Director Kelly Ann Vitacca announces LAUNCH April 20-21, 2023 at 7:30 PM at MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center (3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002). LAUNCH is an evening dedicated to Vitacca Ballet’s immersion into the Houston arts scene with their debut, full length production featuring an evening of original works and a highly anticipated World Premiere titled Hypnotic Forces by International Guest Choreographer Garrett Smith. This fresh and diverse evening of contemporary ballet is one not to be missed.  

Artistic Director Kelly Ann Vitacca said “Vitacca Ballet is thrilled to make its Houston debut, LAUNCH. This evening’s repertoire created on Vitacca Ballet by guest choreographers portrays interpersonal exploration common among all of us throughout each juncture in life: community, acceptance, relationships, memories, and forward thought. We hope that LAUNCH serves as an approachable opportunity for Houston to experience Vitacca’s developing artistic voice and be a part of an everlasting relationship within our vibrant city and beyond.” 

Vitacca Ballet brings to life new works, created especially in and for Houston premieres. Join in the energy and see the work of Artistic Director Kelly Ann Vitacca, Ballet Mistress Tina Kay Bohnstedt and Guest Choreographer Madison Hicks. 

Revisiting the stage, an audience favorite within Vitacca repertoire, Somewhat Closer built by returning Guest Choreographer Garrett Smith. Mr. Smith reflects, “I came across a very upbeat baroque piece that had this energetic and almost club vibe. The high energy rhythm made me want to dance in my apartment. All the other baroque selections easily found their way connecting into the mix. Being back in Houston and creating under the roof of Vitacca, seeing so many familiar faces and past connections felt like family to me. It made me think about my past, present, and future all at the same time, and feeling somewhat closer to the wonderful people I have relationships within this beautiful community in Houston.”

Vitacca Ballet’s professional company 2022-2023 season roster includes: Annika Dalbratt, Fiona Dorr, Elissa Fonseca, Jordan Hooks, Joshua Ponton, Maddie Medina, Coltin Snyder, and International Guest Artist Khen Kurulkar. 

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Vitacca Ballet (Vitacca) founded in 2020 by Kelly Ann Vitacca is a creation-based repertoire company in the Houston area. As the pandemic brought artists home to Houston, Vitacca strived to keep artists employed, and the Houston arts scene alive with project-based work. This experience laid the framework for the launch of Vitacca Ballet in 2021, which now works diligently to operate a 32-week season and employ local, national, and international artists. Vitacca has had the honor to work with regional and international choreographers including Tina Kay Bohnstedt, Sean Aaron Carmon, Andrea Dawn Shelley, Garrett Smith, Autumn Eckman, Robbie Moore and Madison Hicks. Vitacca Ballet has been seen on stage within performance and outreach community events such as The Nutcracker, Night at the Ballet, Vitacca Ballet World Premiere, Contemporary Dance Choreography Festival, Florida and Versatility Dance Festival, Utah. This season you can see Vitacca Ballet at the Bailindo Dance Festival, ANDIOMO Presented by Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, Trees of Hope Gala as 2022 Entertainment Sponsor, LAUNCH at Match Houston, connec(tx)ions Austin Tour, San Antonio Dance Gala and the Red Rock Dance Festival, Utah. Vitacca is a proud recipient of the Dance Source Houston Groundwork Grant and thrilled to share its artistic energy with our 20222023 patrons and supporters.

Vitacca Ballet is proud to be a fiscally sponsored project through Fractured Atlas. This allows tax-deductible donations to be made toward Vitacca Ballet’s vision and artistic growth. 

Vitacca Ballet LAUNCH Performance Information


$35 Seat Rows A, B

$30 Seat Rows C, D, E

$25 Seat Rows F, G

You’re Invited! – All ticket holders welcome to attend Curtain + Cocktails post performance mixer with artist meet/greet, cocktails + mocktails, dancing and music provided.

Date & Time:  April 20-21 at 7:30PM
Venue:  MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center 3400 Main St Houston, TX 77002
Questions: Contact Vitacca Ballet at 713.205.0355 or


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