Nichelle Suzanne Strzepek

Nichelle Suzanne is a web and social media specialist for Rice University and the founder of DanceAdvantage.net. For 10 years, she has covered dance in Houston and beyond for publications such as the Dance Dish, Arts+Culture Texas, CultureMap, and the NYC Rockettes blog at Rockettes.com.

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Houston Contemporary Dance Company Lets Their Hair Down

Houston Contemporary Dance Company Lets Their Hair Down

Houston Contemporary Dance Company (HCDC) is in its third season. Do the math and you’ll likely deduce that this professional dance ensemble has experienced kind of a rocky start. Fortunately, under the artistic and executive direction of Marlana Doyle, a proven leader in the Houston dance community, the company overcame the obstacles of 2020 and […]

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Ishida Dance Company Makes a Promising Debut in Houston with you could release me

Ishida Dance Company Makes a Promising Debut in Houston with you could release me

After two thwarted-by-COVID attempts in two years, Austin-based Ishida Dance Company finally made its Houston debut this weekend at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), bringing a quartet of dance premieres to the intimate venue with their program, you could release me. Ishida Dance, launched in 2019 by California native Brett Ishida, is a […]

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Chapman Dance Provides a Welcome Sanctuary

Chapman Dance Provides a Welcome Sanctuary

Standing in line at the MATCH box office; sliding into a stranger-adjacent seat while sending a wave to an acquaintance on the opposite side of the intimate theater; noting the hush as house lights dim; joining the eruption of applause for our host issuing welcomes and reminders — dancegoing is vaguely familiar. Even if we […]

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NobleMotion Dance Joyfully Returns Live and In Person

NobleMotion Dance Joyfully Returns Live and In Person

“This year has felt more theatrical than anything I could put on stage,” says Andy Noble, co-director of NobleMotion Dance.  His lively descriptions of We Interrupt this Program, the latest collaboration with wife and fellow co-director Dionne Sparkman Noble, belie his statement. Straight-faced dancers spaced equidistantly in a bizarre line dance gives way to a […]

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Friendswood Contemporary Ballet Kicks Off the Holiday Season Outside Houston’s Loop

Friendswood Contemporary Ballet Kicks Off the Holiday Season Outside Houston’s Loop

Dozens of communities compose the Greater Houston area. Small to mid-sized cities unto themselves, these areas will soon begin to line their streets with twinkling lights and greenery; a signal that the holiday season is upon us.  About halfway to Galveston in the southeast city of Friendswood, Friendswood Contemporary Ballet (FCB) is preparing to usher […]

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Dance Gallery Festival’s Eleven Course Texas Experience

Dance Gallery Festival’s Eleven Course Texas Experience

After marking its 13th year in New York City just last weekend, the Dance Gallery Festival (DGF), made its annual leap to Texas, celebrating its tenth year at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville on Oct. 4 and 5. Held at the hilltop James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, the sold-out Friday evening […]

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Bee Aware: Psophonia Dance and AURA Invite You Into the Colony

Bee Aware: Psophonia Dance and AURA Invite You Into the Colony

Psophonia Dance Company and AURA Contemporary Ensemble are prepared to immerse you in the secret lives of honeybees as their dancers and musicians present their fourth collaboration, Colony, on Oct. 10, 11 and 12 at The MATCH. Though one third of the food we consume each day relies primarily on pollination by bees, their population […]

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The Sky Was Wild With Sunshine

The Sky Was Wild With Sunshine

In the vestibule of Matchbox 2 at Midtown Art & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), Pilot Dance Project dancers Adam Castaneda and Shanon Adame engage in a coy kinetic conversation under a tent of crunchy gold fabric. Over a soundtrack of twinkly tunes, they slink playfully through its backdrop of colorful string arranged in a rainbow […]

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Treat Yourself to Houston’s Dance Salad Festival This Easter Weekend

Treat Yourself to Houston’s Dance Salad Festival This Easter Weekend

On Easter weekend, arts-lovers in Houston may hunt for colorful eggs or a great buffet, but they never need to hunt for dance. Dance Salad Festival has been the place to find world-class dance for 22 years in this city. Drawing visitors from near and far, the dance companies, choreographers and performers presented come from […]

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Youth of a Nation: A Dance Retrospective of the 90s

Youth of a Nation: A Dance Retrospective of the 90s

For a portion of the audience at The Pilot on Navigation (formerly Frenetic Theatre), myself included, Youth of a Nation: A Dance Retrospective of the 90s is a chance to relive the past a little. Music before and during the production brings on waves of nostalgia and the costumes are amusingly pinched from the wardrobe of […]

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