Acclaimed ballerina to speak on campus

Martha Butler Long, a former acclaimed Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre Ballerina, will visit Sam Houston State University tomorrow from 1 to 2 p.m. Long will discuss her career at the event which is free to the public.

The department of dance and the chair of the department Jennifer Pontius along with Priority One will host the event. The event will be held in the Dance Theatre at the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

At age 17 in 1984, Long joined the corps de ballet, Houston Ballet, and later went on to become a soloist and ultimately a principal dancer. It was then from 1994 to 1998 that Long was featured as a soloist with American Ballet theatre which is located in New York City.

Her other lead roles include Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Manon and Rodeo among other varied performances.

Long now lives with her husband and two children. She is an administrative assistant for First Steps Montessori School in Houston.

For more information contact the Department of Dance at 936-294-1875.

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