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We are creating, performing, and supporting each other as we pursue our passion, to advance dance as an art form and an instrument to serve the community. Our collaborative events present the work of local choreographers at fabulous venues. We also offer specialized training programs that bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to try something new. For cross-disciplinary and commissioned work, we draw upon our diverse looks and specialties to create highly customized performances.
Everything we do goes back into the community. We offer full scholarships and free fitness dance classes to any child who wants and needs them. Our biggest needs right now are after-school transportation and money for teachers and costumes. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
We are open for membership at the board, professional, and volunteer levels. Inquire within.
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To advance dance as an art form and an instrument to serve the community.
As the premier producer and presenter of dance events and education programs in Houston, Dance Houston fosters engagement and interconnection among the various cultures that comprise Houston. In doing so, Dance Houston provides audiences and artists opportunities to experience a variety of cultures as a means to enable each to find his/her own place in the world.
- Authenticity – honoring the many cultures and aesthetics that thrive in Houston and beyond
- Community – providing high quality performance and education opportunities that actively engage and inspire people
- Service – helping under-served communities and supporting under-represented artists
- Collaboration – among artists, with sponsors, and with the Houston community
- Inclusiveness – embracing multiple cultures, generations, ages, skill and economic levels
Twelve Years of Impact: Dance Houston has helped to expand Houston’s dance community to embody the aesthetics and traditions of the most culturally diverse city in the USA. In doing so, we have developed patronage and public familiarity for the vast array of dance companies thriving within the Greater Houston Community. Through our summer camps and educational programs, we have provided the holistic benefits of dance education to over 10,000 children. Our social media has reached beyond the city limits to an international audience of 2 million+, raising awareness of Houston as a diverse epicenter of dance and creativity.
Why We Dance
In 2003, a festival called Dance Houston was hosted by the Houston Swing Dance Society as a part of a workshop called Lindyfest. Our Founder Andrea Cody, then serving as VP of HSDS, called every company under the “Dance” section of the yellow pages and invited them to perform with the organization’s performing group, the Houston Hepcats. On March 15, thirteen local dance companies took to the stage at the newly built Virginia Stuller Tatham Fine Arts Building. It was a sold-out show for 650 people. Shawn Welling ended the evening by asking Andrea, “When are you going to do this again?”
The festival became an annual event and formed a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to increase dance appreciation in Houston. That mission was accomplished in the first decade, and in 2014, a new mission was adopted: to advance dance as an art form and an instrument to serve the community.