Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

January 14 – February 8, 2015

Ate9Celebrating 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 | "Exhibit O" | Making an ImpactAte 9 | Master Classes | About Dance Month 

Tirkedu Houston! Israeli Folk Dance Workshop

Friday, 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.

Today he leads and programs nights in the Haifa area and Tel Aviv teaches at dance camps and workshops around the world. 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 Federation’s PJ Library
Thursday, January 15 | 4:15 PM 

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 now a mentor for “Women on the Way Up
Featuring: NobleMotion, Revolve Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company and Uptown Dance Company
Company Bios

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 METdance 
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.

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

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Tapping Away

Saturday, 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 Tappers, Academy at Theatre Under the Stars and the Pelayo Parladé Jazz Trio, including Alexandre “Sasha” Loukachine, Gerald Massoud and Pelayo Parladé .

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

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“Exhibit O” Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY’s Site Specific Work Coordinated by Laura Rathe Fine Art

Tuesday, 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, Ate 9 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. 

Making an Impact: Jewish Choreographers and Contemporary Dance 

Thursday, February 5 | 7:30 PM
Lecture/Demonstration Presented by Historian Rebecca Rossen and Israeli-born Choreographer Danielle Agami 

Historian Rebecca Rossen (author of Dancing Jewish) and Israeli-born choreographer Danielle Agami (artistic director of Ate 9 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. 

mouth to mouth

Saturday, February 7 | 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 8 | 3:00 PM
Los Angeles-based Ate 9 dANCEcOMPANY comes to Houston for the first time with its eight-member company led by founder and artistic director Danielle Agami. Born in Israel, Danielle was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company, served as the artistic director of Batsheva Dancers Create, and functioned as the company’s rehearsal director. Agami is a renowned Gaga teacher and travels the world as an ambassador of Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.

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

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Dance Master Classes

In addition to presenting performances by renowned companies, Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre brings extraordinary companies to teach master classes to Houston dancers at affordable prices in partnership with SPA at the J. Learn more


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