Uptown Dance Company Toasts Twentieth Season


February 4, 2020 Laura Hilley 

713-686-0334 info@uptowndance.org 

Uptown Dance Company Toasts Twentieth Season 

HOUSTON, TX — Uptown Dance Company presents A Toast To Uptown: Celebrating 20 Years, an evening of four world premieres. Beth Gulledge Brown, Nao Kusuzaki, and Caleb Mitchell each created a new piece in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. The works highlight the company dancers’ versatility with contemporary ballet and jazz, underscored by their classical ballet roots. Rupert Edwards III, former Houston Ballet dancer, will guest with the company at both performances at 7:30 pm on February 28 and 29, in Uptown’s black box theater. 

Florida State University Assistant Professor of Dance and former Houston Ballet dancer Caleb Mitchell set Beauty from Ashes on the company. Former Houston Ballet dancer and local ballet instructor Nao Kusuzaki accentuates the company’s fluid contemporary movement in Nagoya 1534. Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s new work for the company fuses jazz and ballet set to music by the Beatles. And, Company II will perform another Gulledge-Brown piece, which will be accompanied by a live guitar duo. 

Following the Saturday performance, the public is invited to attend a champagne reception at Dolce & Cafe. Performance and reception tickets are available via the company’s website at UptownDance.org/Tickets. 

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional dance company based in Houston, TX, founded in 1999. The Company fosters an appreciation of dance within the Houston community by offering family-friendly dance performances and educational opportunities. Uptown Dance Company produces exciting and innovative performances known for featuring versatile professional dancers with strong classical lines. The company provides high quality training opportunities for aspiring young dancers regardless of their financial means, and serves the greater community through outreach performances and master classes. 



CONTACT: Laura Hilley 

713-686-0334 Info@uptowndance.org 

WHAT: A Toast To Uptown: Celebrating 20 Years 

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30 pm 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:30 pm 

WHERE: Uptown Dance Centre Black Box Theater 

7417 Shadyvilla Lane | Houston, TX 77055 

TICKETS: $35 General admission | $25 Senior/Veteran/Student 


WHAT: A Toast To Uptown Champagne Reception 

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:45 pm 

WHERE: Dolce & Cafe 

7670 Katy Fwy #80 | Houston, TX 77024 

TICKETS: $37 Adult | $27 Student 


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