12:51 PM

UHD Alumna Accepts Prix de Lausanne Job

UHD interdisciplinary studies alumna Shelly Power ('03)— a director of Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy for the past 11 years— has accepted a new job with the Prix de Lausanne, one of the most prominent international competitions for young dancers. She will be the first dual-titled artistic director and CEO in the Swiss organization's 45-year history.

920x920UHD President Dr. Bill Flores congratulates Power on her success and accomplishments.

"On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the University of Houston-Downtown, please accept my congratulations on your new position as artistic director and chief executive officer of the Prix de Lausanne," Flores said. "Being the first person to ever serve simultaneously in these two roles for this prestigious organization will surely be a challenge, but your years of dedication to the Houston Ballet Academy have prepared you to address. We are truly proud of you as a UHD alumna, and excited to watch your career trajectory as you continue to reach new heights."

Power developed a robust four-tier main school that develops students from pre-school to pre-professional levels. Houston Ballet II, its touring company, performs internationally. In addition to the ballet coursework, Power developed numerous programs to support career-planning, wellness, academics, housing and life-skills for upper-level students.

Power has often served as a juror at international competitions. The academy's students have also won notice and prizes, helping Houston Ballet build its international reputation.

"Our long-standing relationship with Prix de Lausanne will be strengthened by her presence, and I look forward to working with her for many years to come," said Stanton Welch, artistic director of Houston Ballet.

In her letter, Power told parents the decision to leave Houston did not come lightly.

"My time here has been extremely fruitful," she wrote. "And to say I am proud of the academy is an understatement."

Power will continue to work at Houston Ballet until next summer. The academy has not yet named her replacement.

Power is a notable UHD alumna. She established the Shelly Power Endowment to support UHD arts in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.