Dance Gallery Festival / Texas Experience To Return for 10th Year

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Banner photo: Joshua Manculich; Photo credit: Brad Hoppe

Sam Houston State University Performing Arts Center
October 26-27, 2018

The Dance Gallery Festival Mentors New Choreographic Talent
Pushing the Boundaries of Modern and Contemporary Dance

Houston, TX, September 13, 2018The Dance Gallery Festival will return to Sam Houston State University for the 10th year of their performance showcase on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at SHSU James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, 815 17th Street, Huntsville TX, with more than 10 artists in a weekend of groundbreaking work performed in two distinct and separate programs. See full lineup below.

DRE.SPEAKS. Photo by Alexey Kim

The Dance Gallery Festival was established in 2007 to mentor upcoming national and international choreographic talent with performance opportunities and residencies.  Under the guidance of Astrid von Ussar, Festival Artistic Director and co-founder, The Dance Gallery Festival has mentored hundreds of artists seeking to establish a foothold in a business with few resources and much competition.  

In 2009, The Dance Gallery partnered with Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, offering paid guest artist residencies to select participating companies. The one-week residencies, selected by a juried panel of Sam Houston University faculty and area artists, allow recipients to choreograph new work on Sam Houston’s upper-level students, as well as teach classes in technique and choreography.  Twelve master classes will be held from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27.

Resident Artist this year is Sidra Bell, who will perform new work set on Sam Houston University students at The Dance Gallery Festival performances on Oct. 26 and 27.

Bombshell Dance Project. Photo by Lynne Lane

Over 320 emerging and established choreographers have participated in The Dance Gallery Festival since its founding in 2007, with more than twenty-five works commissioned. Many Festival alumni have gone on to perform at Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, international venues and national television. Video.

Having been met with praise and enthusiasm from artists, audiences and critics, The Dance Gallery Festival has quickly become an essential and anticipated addition to the dance world.  According to Ms. von Ussar, “the production of modern concert dance is often challenged by the scarcity of suitable and affordable performance venues.  The Dance Gallery Festival addresses this problem by providing a state-of-the-art theater, complete with production staff, marketing, and public relations support to showcase each choreographer’s work.

We are very pleased with our growth. ‘Level Up’ artists are now receiving fees in support of the creation of new work, and a residency program has been established with workshops and performances at the Catskills Arts Society in Livingston Manor NY. We have also expanded our university partnerships,” she said.


Dark Circle Contemporary Dance. Photo by Brian Guilliaux


All tickets $15, for purchase at the door.

Sam Houston State University

SHSU James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center


Full Lineup:

Bridget L. Moore/B. Moore Dance

Autumn Eckman/Autumn Eckman Dance – TX


Emily Bernet and Taylor Rodman/Bombshell Dance Project – TX

Emily Robison – TX

Rovaco Dance Company. Photo by Ezra Goh Photography

Jennifer Mabus – TX

Joshua L. Peugh – TX

Nicole von Arx – NYC

Rohan Bhargava/Rovaco Dance Company – NYC

Sidra Bell – NYC

Read more about THE DANCE GALLERY FESTIVAL here.


Banner photo: Joshua Manculich; Photo credit: Brad Hoppe


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