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Sandra Organ-Solis


Sandra Organ-Solis was a soloist with Houston Ballet and its first African-American female ballerina, leaving the company after fifteen seasons to work as a guest artist, independent choreographer, and become Artistic Director of Sandra Organ Dance Company (SODC), a contemporary ballet ensemble in Houston, Texas, founded in 1997. She was taught by Valerie Roche in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus, and graduated valedictorian from Duchesne Academy before entering Houston Ballet Academy as a scholarship student. Her international career with the Houston Ballet encompassed a diverse range of roles in the classical and contemporary realm, from choreographers Ben Stevenson, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, and Sir Kenneth MacMillian to Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka and Paul Taylor. She is on the faculty of Houston Ballet Academy, and the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. For her choreography, she has been awarded an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Cultural Arts Council Houston/Harris County as well as the Monticello scholarship and National Choreography award in the Southwest by Regional Dance America, having choreographed nearly 80 ballets in the last 10 years. Ms. Organ also has an extensive solo sacred dance repertoire, and also offers church communities meditations and creative movement workshops in retreat settings. She has received awards and recognition from the Houston chapters of the United Negro College Fund, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities Inc., and the Knights of St. Peter Clavier for her outstanding contributions to the arts. She has served as a Grants Panelist for Cultural Arts Council Houston /Harris County and serves on the Board of Directors for Dance/USA, a national dance service organization. She is also a founding member and deacon at City of Refuge Church, whom she is most grateful to for its support of her work.

 

 

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