Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre

Celebrating 38 Years


January 14-February 10, 2018

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, one of the most anticipated dance events in Houston, will celebrate and spotlight prominent choreographers, master classes, companies and dancers.

Broadway Jazz | Tirkedu Houston! | Houston Choreographers X6 | Cultural Journey Through India | Peridance Contemporary Dance Co. | Master Classes

Broadway Jazz: from Jack Cole to Bob Fosse

Sunday, Jan 14, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Lecture/Video Clips Presentation by Debra Dickinson

Broadway Jazz

Jack Cole, “the Father of Modern Jazz Dance,” was hugely influential creating the style of dance we associate most with Broadway, as is typified in the work of director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Actress/dancer Gwen Verdon was the direct link between the two men, and this lecture will discuss her working and personal relationships with both of them. Video clips will include examples of choreography by Cole and Fosse, with excerpts from Kismet, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, and performances by Cole, Verdon, Fosse and Chita Rivera.

Debra Dickinson’s performing credits include Broadway and regional theaters; she appeared as Guinevere 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.

$8 Member | $12 Public

TTirkedu Houstonirkedu Houston! Israeli Folk Dance Workshop
Celebrating Israel’s 70th Birthday

Thursday, Jan 18–Sunday, Jan 21, 2018
With Israeli teacher/choreographer Ohad Atia

We welcome Ohad Atia, world renowned Israeli dance choreographer and teacher, back to Houston for Tirkedu Houston! a fun-filled weekend of Israeli dancing. Ohad, born in Haifa, learned Israeli dancing in school; and he continued to dance, teach, and choreograph while earning his degree at the Technion.

Today, while working full time, he leads incredibly energetic Israeli dance sessions; and he teaches at dance camps and workshops around the world. The weekend will include a Friday evening get together, teaching sessions for intermediate to advanced dancers, a Saturday night dance party and review at the end of each session. 

$70 Member | $100 Public | $50 Student with Valid ID


Houston Choreographers X6 With Special Guest Houston Ballet Academy

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 | 8:00 PM

Suchu Dance

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. The original works range from hip hop to classical and feature the following artist: Annie Arnoult, Tehillah Hartmann, Tony Merriwether, Bryan Paule/ Joel Rivera, Andre Silva and Jennifer Wood.

Houston Ballet Academy makes a guest appearance performing excerpts from Stanton Welch AM’s Long and Winding Road.

Patron Sponsors: Karen and Buster Freedman

$20 Member | $30 Public (Student/Senior Discount)

Arts in the Afternoon 
A Cultural Journey through India 
with Rathna Kumar and Venugopal Josyula

Friday, Feb 2, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Rathna KumarRathna Kumar and Venugopal Josyula will take you on a cultural journey, performing classical and folk dances from different regions of South India, highlighting the colorful, vibrant and rich artistic heritage of the country, the fast footwork, the hand gestures that tell stories, and the distinctive body movements that identify the different dances. Rathna will explain the dances prior to the performance and members of the audience will get first hand opportunity to try out some of the hand gestures.

$8 Member | $12 Public

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

Concert: Saturday, Feb 10 | 8:00 PM


Founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company has been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance since its inception in 1984. Described as being “blessedly inventive” Jennifer Dunning, NY Times, Mr. Perry’s signature choreography has been presented throughout the years in venues around New York City including The Joyce Theater, City Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Mr. Perry, together with Executive Director Yarden Ronen-van Heerden, has structured the Company to explore and experiment with innovative movement and design while upholding the elegance and articulation of classical ballet, with an emphasis on performing repertory by notable choreographers. As part of its quest for originality and unique identity, PCDC has always sought out choreographic and compositional collaboration that result in a diverse repertoire. Over the years, repertory came to include original work by world-renowed choreographers Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, Sidra Bell, and Benjamin Harkarvy, in addition to the work created by Perry.

“Mr. Perry’s choreography displays maturity. His devotion to his craft and his attention to music together created a sense of serenity, a nod to the divine.” Darrell Wood, NYC Dance Stuff.

Patron Sponsors: Sylvia and Jerry Wilkenfeld

$20 Member | $30 Public  (Student/Senior Discount)

Purchase Tickets 

Audition Tour Class
Peridance Capezio Center’s Leading Summer Intensives & Year–Round Programs
Thursday, Feb 8 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Workshop and Audition
Thursday, Feb 8 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Learn More


Please contact Maxine Silberstein at or 713.551.7217 for more information.     

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre is funded in part by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Patron of the Arts, a grant from City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and RBC Wealth Management. Marriott Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance Month.

RBC Wealth Management Houston Arts Alliance Texas Commission on the Arts
Marriott Westchase Jewish Federation of Houston United Way