Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

January 15 – February 8, 2015

Celebrating 35 Years of Presenting Dance
Honoring Joan Karff and Shelly Power
IW Marks Theatre Center | The Gerald Rauch Cultural & Performing Arts Wing

Tikedu Houston | Four + Four | Tapping Away | Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY | Master Classes | View the BrochureAbout Dance Month 

Tirkedu Houston! Israeli Folk Dance Workshop

Ohad AtiaFriday, January 16-Sunday, January 18
Tirkedu Houston! an Israeli Folk Dance Workshop is a fun filled weekend of enthusiastic Israeli dancing. Israeli teacher, Ohad Atia, will lead this energetic workshop. Born in Haifa to a house full of dancing, Ohad was 18 when he created his first dance, KoKo Jumbo. His most recent dances include Ha’chiaim, Bishvilech and Simanim Shel Ohavim which won 2nd place at Karmiel in 2010.

The weekend will include an Erev Shabbat Get Together, teaching sessions for intermediate to advanced dancers with reviews at the end of each session, and a Saturday night dance party.

Full Weekend Workshop
$70 Member | $100 Public | $50 with Valid Student I.D.

Family Folk Dance Session with Ohad Atia | For K-3 Gr
In collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's PJ Library
Thursday, January 15 | 4:15 PM 
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston  PJ Library logo

NobleMotion Dance
Photo by Lynn Lane

35th Anniversary Celebration

Four + Four, A Celebration of Dance Concert

Saturday, January 24 | 7:30 PM | Pre-Show 6:45 PM
Honoring Joan Karff
25-Year Director of Joan Karff’s New Dance Group
and mentor for “Women on the Way Up
Featuring: NobleMotion Dance, Revolve Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company and Uptown Dance Company

Sunday, January 25 | 7:00 PM | Pre-Show 6:15 PM
Honoring Shelly Power
Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer
Houston Ballet Academy Director
Featuring: Chapman Dance, HIStory, Houston Ballet II and MET dance 

Company Bios

To celebrate our 35th year, Four + Four Concert features eight dance companies who have performed on the Kaplan Stage in years past and honors two outstanding community leaders in dance, Joan Karff and Shelly Power, for their contributions to Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre in its formative years. As a pre-show to Four + Four, audience members can experience the visual feat of Motion Captured, Dance on Film that features site specific, innovative choreography that combines dance and technology curated by Ashley Horn.

Join us following each performance for a 35th Anniversary Celebration in the lobby with festive music, wine and desserts.

Download the Tribute Card 

$18 Member | $25 Public | $13 Senior Adult & Student

Tapping Away

Acia GraySaturday, January 31 | 8:00 PM
Features recognized hoofers in the world of rhythm, in a syncopated trip through jazz and sound. Well-known Austin Tapper and co-artistic director of Tapestry Dance Company, Acia Gray and members of Tapestry Dance Company join local tappers Kirstin Grbic, Jackie Coleman, HSPVA Concert Dancers, MET Too Youth Company, Texas New Tap, The Academy at Theatre Under the Stars and the Pelayo Parladé Jazz Trio: Alexandre “Sasha” Loukachine, Gerald Massoud and Pelayo Parladé .

$18 Member  |  $25 Public  |  $13 Senior Adult & Student

Conversation with Acia Gray

Sunday, February 1 | 10:00 AM–10:45 AM
Join Acia Gray as she shares her journey in jazz/tap.


“Exhibit O” Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY’s Site Specific Work in Cooperation with Laura Rathe Fine Art

Ate9Tuesday, February 3 | 6:00 PM | 7:00 PM 
Laura Rathe Fine Art | 2707 Colquitt St (MAP)

Bringing dance closer to the audiences and highlighting the intimacy in unconventional spaces has been an integral part of Danielle Agami's development as an artist. Agami was commissioned by City Arts Festival in Seattle to create a new piece for a gallery space. Through this, Agami created “Exhibit O,” and since its premiere, Ate9 has continued to adapt the work to other spaces in Los Angeles. Each location draws new inspiration. Each condition brings new limitations. therefore, asking us for new creative solutions. Photo by Scott Simock

Making an Impact: Jewish Choreographers and Contemporary Dance 

Thursday, February 5 | 7:30 PM
Lecture/Demonstration Presented by Historian Rebecca Rossen and Choreographer Danielle Agami 
FREE - RSVP for this Event

Historian Rebecca Rossen (author of Dancing Jewish) and Israeli-born choreographer Danielle Agami (artistic director of Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY) team up to consider the contributions of Jewish choreographers to contemporary dance. Dr. Rossen will discuss how, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, American Jewish choreographers have consistently turned to dance as a means to articulate personal and collective identities; tangle with stereotypes; advance social and political agendas; and imagine new possibilities for themselves as individuals, artists and Jews. She will engage Agami in a discussion about her company, choreography, and the rising influence of Israeli contemporary dance on American dance, a dialogue that will be illustrated with short excerpts from Ate9’s stunning new work “mouth to mouth" which has its Texas premiere for Dance Month. 

Jewish Book Council

mouth to mouth

Saturday, February 7 | 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 8 | 3:00 PM
World renowned Dancer/Choreographer Danielle Agami and Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY presents “mouth to mouth”, a wildly entertaining and mesmerizing dance performance. “mouth to mouth” is a performance about human exchange, a social experiment in the comfort of intimacy, the need to communicate and deep–seated desire to connect. The eight member dance ensemble is a collection of award-winning dancers from North America, hand-picked by Agami for their versatility, individual flair and technical finesse in the Gaga movement language. Ate9 will entertain, educate and inspire you.

$18 Member  |  $25 Public  |  $13 Senior Adult & Student


Dance Master Classes

In addition to presenting performances by renowned companies, Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, in partnership with Society for Performing Arts, presents two of the Tudor Family Dance Series dance master classes. Learn more


Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre is funded in part by the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron of the Arts, a grant from City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and RBC Wealth Management. Marriott Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance Month. United Airlines is the offical airline.

Thanks to our Sponsors 

Dance Mo Sposnors


Please contact Maxine Silberstein at or 713.729.3200 ext. 3223 for more information.