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 | Ate 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 Years Joan Karff’s New Dance Group Director, Mentor for Women on the Way Up
Featuring: NobelMotion, Revolve Dance, Urban Souls 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 METdance

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 music, wine and desserts.

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

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 Parlade’ Jazz Trio.

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

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

SPA at the J

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.