Lynette Mason Gregg tribute planned

February 1st, 2015

2-1 Lynette Mason GreggThe Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will pay tribute to its founder, Lynette Mason Gregg, with a retrospective performance of dance on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, at the University of Houston – Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre.

A wide variety of favorite pieces from BAHBT’s history will be presented, as well as new pieces choreographed in Mason Gregg’s honor. The new works will represent how Mason Gregg changed the face of the arts in the Bay Area and touched so many dancers’ lives.

Performances are planned at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

From a Swan Lake classical ballet excerpt to contemporary numbers, some energetic tapping and even a musical number from Hairspray, “Take Time to Dance,” will both touch your heart and make you smile in its telling of the story of Mason Gregg and BAHBT through dance.

Mason Gregg passed away on Oct. 24, 2014. Her life’s work and passion were the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, founded in 1972 and 1975, respectively, with a desire to establish a professional training facility for aspiring dancers and to enrich the overall atmosphere of the community. She devoted her life to these two organizations, training and inspiring young dancers, now three generations strong.

The sky was the limit with Mason Gregg; she knew that if you could dream it, you could achieve it. Her favorite quote was “Never, ever, ever, give up.” She was passionate about the arts and inspiring young artists. Mason Gregg was a visionary who did nothing in moderation.

She produced 39 seasons and hundreds of ballets for BAHBT and brought in dancers from all over the world to Bay Area Houston as guest artists. She also trained thousands of dancers who now share their love of the arts both on and off the stage throughout the U.S .and in Europe.

Tickets for this eclectic performance are $25 and $35. And may be reserved on the website or by calling 281-480-1617. An Encore! cocktail reception will immediately follow Saturday evening’s performance. Tickets for this event and the Saturday evening show may be purchased for $75.

A scholarship that has been established in her name and those who would like to make a donation to BAHBT in memory of Mason Gregg to support the organization may do so by contacting BAHBT at or 281-480-1617.

Bay Area mourns the loss of irreplaceable Ms. Lynette

December 1st, 2014


Lynette Mason Gregg

By Mary Alys Cherry

The Bay Area arts community lost one of its brightest stars when Lynette Mason Gregg lost her battle with lung disease and took her place on heaven’s stage Oct. 24, leaving behind a wide circle of shocked family and friends who still mourn their loss.

The Deer Park native was one of a kind; no doubt about that. She came to Clear Lake in 1985, bringing her Royal Ballet of Texas and began the process of to setting up an outstanding professional training facility, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Webster, while also changing the name of the dance company and establishing the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre.

From that early start in the Pasadena area until today, she went on to produce 39 seasons of ballets, bringing in dancers from all over the world while also putting on the musicals Grease, Annie, Seussical and Bye, Bye Birdie for the community in recent years.

In the process, she transformed the Clear Lake art community, providing dancers to liven up many a charity gala, rodeo event or fashion show. She even managed to get Hollywood to have the world premiere of the Oscar winning movie, Chicago, in Webster after learning one of her former dance students had a key role in the film.

She did not want to just turn out good dancers. She wanted them to take their place in the Joffrey Ballet, the Boston Ballet, the New York Ballet — to be among the world’s best.

Over the years, RAFA dancers have thrilled local audiences with such classical ballets as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Alice in Wonderland and the beloved holiday production of The Nutcracker that many families see with their children year after year.

Members of the Bay Area arts community wonder: Can we go on without her?  If her voice could be heard, the answer would be loud and clear, “Of course, you can. Remember my words: Never ever ever give up.”

Ms. Lynette, as she was known to her dance students, was a perfectionist who demanded top quality work out of them and would occasionally raise her voice during rehearsals to get that perfection. The result was top quality ballet productions year after year that made the community proud and, hopefully, will do so for many years to come.

Bay Area Houston Magazine