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NobleMotion Pairs with Musiqa to Give us Tonal Impact

NobleMotion Pairs with Musiqa to Give us Tonal Impact

  by Neil Ellis Orts NobleMotion Dance has been a centerpiece of the Houston dance scene since they started producing work in 2009. Known for their tightly choreographed athleticism and use of technology they always bring a bit of spectacle to the stage. Teaming up with Musiqa for an evening in Zilkha Hall, the Hobby […]

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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 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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When a Building Dances

When a Building Dances

021 Urban Songline at the Blaffer Art Museum A group of dancers commandeered Blaffer Art Museum on Nov. 18, led by Houston improvisation legend Leslie Scates and University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance faculty Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman and Becky Valls. The event, called, 021 Urban Songline, was part of Buildering: Misbehaving the […]

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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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Dinner Theater Redefined

Dinner Theater Redefined

Frame Dance Productions Serves Up a Delicious Event Just when I thought Houston dance was experiencing a bit of a lull, in walks a gaggle of Search Optimizer workers, Deuce Ticklebeetle, Shelly Kelly, Roxi Wright, Gretchen Charise Kittridge, Gwenevieve Hues, and Alyssa Roberts, to Good Dog Houston to mess with our heads. The event was […]

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SonKiss’d Dance Theater’s Go

SonKiss’d Dance Theater’s Go

SonKiss’d Dance Theater billed its show Go as an “experience” because of the company’s commitment to sharing their Christian faith above their own performance.  SonKiss’d Dance Theater presented Go, a hybrid of contemporary and hip hop dance, spoken word poetry, live painting, and original music, on March 28-29 and April 4-5.  The message was empowering, […]

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Houston Ballet Soars in a Welch Wonderland

Houston Ballet Soars in a Welch Wonderland

  Houston Ballet celebrated its leader’s tenth year at the helm by performing three of his works in one evening, a perfect Stanton Welch Wonderland and a great way to examine this choreographer’s gifts to ballet. Each showed off a particular strength and thread in his work. With Beatae Memoriae (Of Blessed Memory) we see […]

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Of Love and Hip-Hop: Dance Houston’s 12th Annual Festival

Of Love and Hip-Hop: Dance Houston’s 12th Annual Festival

Photos by  James Wiseman, Reefpix.org The annual Dance Houston festival has been a successful platform for emerging dance companies and new choreographers for the past decade. Sonkiss’d Dance Theater made one of its first public appearances at last year’s festival, and this season’s larger company followed through on that promise of good things to come. The […]

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