Dance at the J
Celebrating 40 Years of Dance
Jan 23–March 15
Dance at the J is observing its 40th season and continues to celebrate and spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers
Arts in the Afternoon | FLY Dance Company
Friday, Feb 14 | 1:00 PM
FLY is wowing concert audiences all over the U.S., receiving one standing ovation after another. Why? Because FLY is pure fun — youthful energy, risk-taking movement, and clever choreography set to a mix of surprising musical selections.
This show will be informative about the age of hip hop and where it is today. School-age through senior adults will find FLY entertaining.
Based in Houston, FLY Dance Company’s performance style is called theatrical hip hop — “theatrical” in that acting is an essential element of the style. FLY’s performing repertory is varied musically and choreographically and its dancers are skilled and highly adaptable.
Photo Credit: FLY Dance Company
Houston Choreographers X6
with Special Guest Houston Ballet II
Saturday, Feb 15 | 8:00 PM
Houston Choreographers X6 presents a memorable evening of dance featuring six dynamic independent choreographers who have been commissioned to premiere a piece for the concert. Brittany Bass, Beth Gulledge-Brown, Adam Castañeda, Teresa Chapman, Ashley Horn, and Christopher Thomas are our 2020 choreographers. The original works range from hip hop to classical.
Our special guest Houston Ballet II will perform the Pas de Deux from Stanton Welch AM’s contemporary ballet A Dance in the Garden of Mirth set to music of the thirteenth and fourteen centuries. A Dance in the Garden of Mirth was designed to capture the vibrancy and joy present in the music and gatherings associated with the time period.
Photo credit: Lynn Lane
Patron Sponsors: Karen and Buster Freedman
An Evening with Ido Tadmor and Open Dance Project Company
Saturday, March 7 | 8:00 PM
Fresh and original innovative showcase of exhilarating works when Ido Tadmor, choreographer/dancer, and Annie Arnoult’s Open Dance Project, a Houston-based contemporary dance theater company, share the stage in a public concert. A highlight of the evening will be a piece commissioned by Dance at the J for Ido Tadmor to set on Open Dance Project. In addition, Open Dance Project will perform “Stalemate.”
Ido Tadmor, former Artistic Director of Israel Ballet, is an internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer who has performed with legendary companies Bat Dor, Bat Sheva, Lar Luvovitch, and Complexions. He represented the state of Israel around the world as the country’s “Ambassador of Dance” for more than three decades.
Open Dance Project is a professional dance theater company that delivers world-class performance experiences in Houston and partners with schools and organizations to empower children and strengthen our community through dance.
Photo credit: Ashkan Roayaee
Underwritten by: Karen and Marty Skolnik
Sylvia and Jerry Wilkenfeld
Great Tappers from the Golden Age of Hollywood: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Ann Miller
Sunday, March 15 | 4:00 PM
Lecture and Video Presented by Debra Dickinson
The Golden Age of Hollywood was the era of extraordinary tap dancing. Suave Fred Astaire, athletic Gene Kelly, and rapid-fire Ann Miller were among the pantheon of stars that made tap an audience favorite. This lecture will explore the work and lives of these famous stars, complete with videos of their most exciting performances.
Debra Dickinson’s performing credits include Broadway and regional theaters; she appeared as Guenevere in Camelot opposite both Richard Burton and Richard Harris, and Jellylorum in the German language production of Cats in Vienna. Ms. Dickinson teaches the Opera Workshop classes at the Shepherd School, in addition to classes in the History of Musical Theater in the theater department and the School of Continuing Studies of Rice.
Patron Sponsors: Vicky and Michael Richker
$10 Member | $15 Public
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Dance at the J is funded in part by the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, RBC Wealth Management and with support of the consulate general of Israel to the Southwest. Marriott Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance at the J. Become a Sponsor
For more information, please contact Maxine Silberstein at email@example.com or 713.551.7217.