An Afternoon of Art and Dance at the J
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
by Maxine Silberstein

Houston, TX – The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC presents An Afternoon of Art and Dance Sunday, June 3 beginning with an art opening at 2:00 PM in the Deutser Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature the work of the J’s drawing, painting and ceramic students. Following the art opening, everyone is invited to attend a dance performance beginning at 3:30 PM in the Kaplan Theatre featuring the J’s dance students of all ages. Houston Tap Happy Tappers will appear as guest artists.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the work of our drawing, painting and ceramics students in the Deutser Gallery,” stated Maxine Silberstein, Program Coordinator for Adult Dance and Visual Arts at the J.

On display in the Deutser Art Gallery: works by instructor Gerry Melot’s Advanced Drawing  students, whose projects are rendered in graphite, colored pencil, oil pastels or charcoal.  Melot  has taught drawing for over 20 years, guiding students ranging in age from 4 to 94.

Also on display, the works of instructor Susan Wingfield’s painting and drawing students. Wingfield is a firm believer “that everyone, with very few exceptions, is creative and can learn to draw and paint. That ability is based on an openness to learn, dedication and practice.”

Stacy Kuropata, a ceramic sculptor and potter, has guided ceramic students through their hand-building classes this semester. The visual arts instructors continue building the J’s art classes as they look forward to the opening of their renovated art studios in June 2018.

The dance portion of the showcase begins at 3:30 PM. Margie Bellamy directs the adult ballet program and has been has been teaching at the J for 21 years. Two of her students will perform classical solos.

The Golden Girl Tappers began tap dancing together in 1999 under the direction of Marjorie Swiss. Although many of original dancers are no longer performing, new dancers along with one gentleman have been added to the group which now makes them The Golden Girls Plus One! They rehearse at the J with their artistic director, Michelle Schroeder, who also teaches beginner and intermediate tap dance classes for adults. The Golden Girls plus One and the intermediate tap dance students will perform to favorites such as “Boy from New York City” and “One” from A Chorus Line.

The teen JCrew dancers will perform a hip-hop piece created for them by their director, Jamie Levit. The J’s teen musical theater students, under the direction of Eva De La Cruz, will perform a number from High School Musical , Jr. which they recently presented in the Kaplan Theatre.

Houston Tap Happy Tappers (HTHT), directed by Sara Draper, is the performing group of Tap Happy, which offers tap dance classes to adults in Houston. Their presentation, “Brown Derby Jump,” is a playful expression of the wild social milieu and high energy of a sub-culture in a previous age.

An Afternoon of Art and Dance will take place at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, located at 5601 South Braeswood. The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat for the dance performance in the Kaplan Theatre, please email

This program is made possible thanks to the support of Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services & The Medallion Assisted Living Residence. The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s Adult Department extends a thank you to Fixtures International’s Jennifer Danburg for lending a showcase for the adult art opening.

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Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Houston is a non-profit organization that provides quality programs for all members of the family including infants, school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. Evelyn Rubenstein JCC provides more than $500,000 in scholarship aid to area families in need thanks to the generous support received, in part, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and the United Way.



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