Lydia Hance

Lydia Hance is a choreographer, filmmaker, collaborator, and educator. Lydia Hance is the Founder and Artistic Director of Frame Dance Productions, a contemporary dance company making collaborative works for the screen and stage.

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Ashley Horn Challenges and Transports Audiences in Vesper

Ashley Horn Challenges and Transports Audiences in Vesper

  We all seem to seek mindfulness, but when you get the opportunity to stop and reflect, do you? Social media scrolling is an epidemic. We tap our fingers on our screens and live one inch below the surface. Our minds and bodies cannot possibly maintain the pace we keep, but we crave busyness. Information […]

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Holding Space Dance Collective Brings The Flow Arts To Light

Holding Space Dance Collective Brings The Flow Arts To Light

“I love doing narrative work,” Maggie Lasher declares. “I’m really drawn to how I can tell stories without words. As a kid I loved the picture books that told stories without any words.” She also loves dancing with fire. But we’ll get to that later. Lasher, and her company Holding Space Dance Collective present Lightbearer […]

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Stepping in the Gap

Stepping in the Gap

Painter Ergon Schiele once said that “to restrict an artist is a crime.  It is to murder germinating life.”  With grants diminishing, artists turning to jobs with better pay, and performance venues closing, it’s a testament to the devotion of dance artists and their enthusiasts that we continue to see innovation on the stage.  But […]

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Houston, the Dancers have Landed

Houston, the Dancers have Landed

  Lori Yuill Presents Site-Site Specific Work, The Story of a Space Here’s a fact that you’ll want to put in your back pocket: Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland. I love a good Houston boasting point. Tranquillity Park in downtown Houston, however, goes woefully underutilized […]

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‘Tis the Season for Snow and Dancing

‘Tis the Season for Snow and Dancing

Clara, sugar plums, and the rest of the Land of Sweets have the monopoly on winter holiday ballets, so when I heard about FrenetiCore Dance’s new version of The Snow Queen, I was all ears.  I’ve been sugared out for years. The narrative ballet opened December 4 at Frenetic Theater and runs through December 12, […]

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Tell Your Story Because No One Else Will

Tell Your Story Because No One Else Will

Dana Nicolay’s True Story Dances by Lydia Hance If variety is the spice of life, then Beyond! by Nicolay Dance Works, performed on March 6 and 7, 2015 at The Barn, was muy calliente. Artistic Director Dana Nicolay has had an impressive performance career, dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Contemporary Dancers Canada, and Houston […]

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Dance Houston Ups Their Game

Dance Houston Ups Their Game

Festivals are perfect for dance newbies—there’s generous variety, and you get to sample dance in small doses. It’s rare that parkour, ballet folkorico, classical Indian dance, and edgy contemporary can share a program, and those are only a handful of the styles presented by Dance Houston on February 21 at The Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. […]

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Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering

Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering

Belly Dance 2.0 Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering By Lydia Hance If you were to ask me what it’s like to watch a woman descend into the splits with three foot swords balanced on her head, I could tell you. It’s impressive. I found out because Dance from the Heart celebrated their 10th Anniversary […]

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Dance Gallery Festival Offers Power, Punch a Welcome Dose of Subtlety

Dance Gallery Festival Offers Power, Punch a Welcome Dose of Subtlety

  This year’s Dance Gallery Festival felt like going through a break-up, complete with bitterness, anger, fear, and the sweet memories that you must contextualize among the darkness. I was left wondering who had the power and, more importantly, how do you get it? Brute force, coercion, rewards, fear… power takes effect in various forms. […]

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Karen Stokes Dances History 

Karen Stokes Dances History 

It just feels good when theater seats are full with students wrestling and curious about what modern dance means.  This was the case at The Barn for Karen Stokes Dance’s opening night student preview of their program Dance, Film, and Conversation.  In the post-show conversation, they sat with their notebooks insistent they understand exactly what […]

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