Dance

Education Programs Coordinator

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

Employer: Society for the Performing Arts 
Location: 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 
Type: Full-time/Exempt Categories: Education/Administrative/Clerical/Support 

Description: Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) seeks a highly organized, self-motivated team player to coordinate a large, season-long roster of education and community engagement programs in our Education and Community Engagement Department. The full-time Education Coordinator will report to the Director of Education and Community Engagement and must have excellent writing skills and organizational abilities. SPA seeks someone that is familiar with the structure of the Texas educational system and with Texas education standards (TEKS) and who has a strong background or interest in the performing arts and/or education. 

The responsibilities of this position include: 
➢ Coordinate and oversee SPA school and community events such as professional development sessions, preperformance activities, lectures, master classes, a student visual art contest, community events, student matinees and residencies 
➢ Coordinate with the Marketing Department to design and submit departmental posts on social media platforms (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) 
➢ Maintain program reports, archival documents and grant application support documents (e.g., program surveys) 
➢ Assist with departmental marketing, including design, mailings, and electronic marketing campaigns 
➢ Update and manage the education department page on the SPA website 
➢ Participate in the development, planning and logistics of education programs with SPA Education staff 
➢ Work as liaison with teachers, schools, community partner-organizations and program participants 
➢ Work with Director of Education and Community Engagement to design professional development for teachers 
➢ Introduce artists and instructors at SPA performances and events 
➢ Transport artists to and from workshops, master classes, lecture/demonstrations and other outreach events 
➢ Manage reservations and process orders for all education and community engagement programs 
➢ Draft correspondences, invoices and department expense reports 
➢ Coordinate SPA Education Committee meetings, volunteer, and intern programs

NOTES: Local residents preferred (no relocation) 

Requirements: BA / BS degree with two or more years of relevant experience preferred • knowledge of the statewide and local educational structure • familiarity with the Texas education standards (TEKS) • ability to handle a high volume of email interactions • experience with scheduling and correspondence • ability to organize and prioritize with a sense of urgency in one’s work habits • demonstrated ability to work with senior staff and the public • superior written and verbal communications skills including grammatical accuracy • experience in grant writing a plus • proficiency with Microsoft Office programs • experience with photography, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and graphic design a plus • fluency in Spanish a plus • non-profit experience and familiarity with issues affecting the industry highly preferred • ability to lift and/or move at least 30 pounds • must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to reliable transportation • work regularly on some weekends and evenings throughout the season 

Time Commitment: Hours: 40 hours per week / M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus evenings and weekends
Due Date: May 11, 2018
Contact Name: Shannon Crider
Phone: 713-632-8102
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“Deep in the Heart” of Texas Dance METdance presents next show, a world premier by Dominic Walsh, April 13 and 14

Contact Name:
Jusitn Dunford
Contact Phone:
2814136026

Texas is truly a state of the arts.

 

“Texas dance is alive, and we’re putting a solid dose of Texas pride in our next show,” METdance artistic director Marlana Doyle said

 

The performance “Deep in the Heart!” is slated for 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at Zilkha Hall in Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St #300 in downtown Houston, 77002.

 

A special pre-show performance on Friday night with the MET too Youth Company will start at 7:35 p.m. 

 

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling the box office at 713-315-2525.  Senior, students and groups are eligible for a 15 percent discount.


“Deep in the Heart!” features a highly anticipated world premier by prominent Houston artist Dominic Walsh and a live score performed by Two Star Symphony.  

 

Walsh is a dance icon in Houston and around the world. He ran the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre for 12 years before closing it in 2015 to pursue other ventures.

 

Two Star Symphony, a neo-classical instrumental ensemble, is known for collaborating with other artists and media to create unique, original pieces. 

 

Also on the stage for “Deep in the Heart!” will be Houston-born Robbie Moore, an HSPVA and Julliard graduate, currently performing with Eastman- Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  Moore will be presenting a world premiere.

 

Dallas-based company Bruce Wood Dance will join METdance during the show, culminating with an extra special collaboration with dancers from both companies created by Bridget L. Moore. 

 

Described as “emotionally charged and highly kinetic” by KERA’s Art&Seek, Bruce Wood Dance presents two audience favorites from the nationally acclaimed repertoire of late founder and Texan, Bruce Wood.

 

“RED” is an homage to solidarity in face of adversity and infused by the tragedy of 9/11. Opposite in energy and ambiance is the thigh-slapping, hilarious “Lovett!” -- recognized as “quintessentially Texas” and set to a suite of songs by the Lone Star’s country singer-songwriter, Lyle Lovett.

 

“Y’all won’t want to miss this,” Doyle said. “These two nights will be true celebrations of Texas dance. “

 

Founded in 1995, METdance pursues a mission to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through world-class instruction and performance.

 

The company has traveled across the U.S., impressing critics and audiences alike while performing works by some of the most influential and talented choreographers in dance.

 

METdance also has a strong community outreach program, including its educational "Swing, Jive, Pop" performances. The shows incorporate history, fashion, music and the arts, while the company dances through the eras of the 1930s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s and ends with the Hip Hop music of today.

 

The company’s home base, the METdance Center, now serves as Houston's second-largest dance training space, offering comprehensive training in multiple disciplines to students of all experience levels, ages 3 and up. 

 

For more information, visit www.metdance.org.

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NMD2 Audition

Interested in dancing for a pre-professional company with opportunities to perform, learn choreography from NMD Co-Directors and other Master Choreographers, and gain artistic skills for college/professional careers?

Audition for NMD2’s Second Season!

When: Saturday, May 5th, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Texas Academy of Dance Arts (TADA) located at 26803 Hanna Rd #501 Oak Ridge North, Texas 77385.

NMD2 Rehearses at TADA on Sundays from 3:00-7:00pm and we recommend that members belong to a dance studio and train weekly in Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance forms.

Register here.
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CounterCurrent18 - Ten Tiny Dances


Curated by Harrison Guy + Pia Agrawal
Ten Tiny Dances®
Ten choreographers create ten short dances in one very large space, but for one very small stage: a raised cube with a 4′ x 4′ playing space. During the 2018 CounterCurrent festival, the fourth annual Ten Tiny Dances will focus on themes of “color” to be interpreted by audience and artists alike. Audiences are asked to attend in all-white to fully embrace them and immerse themselves in the interactive nature of this work.

DATE / TIME / SITE(S)
Ticketed performance:
Wed 4/11/18
8pm (doors at 7pm)

The Space HTX
2005 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002

NOTES
Audiences are asked to attend in all-white clothing. Limited seating will be available for those who need it. Please be prepared to stand and walk for the duration of the performance. On-site valet parking.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
CURATED BY HARRISON GUY + PIA AGRAWAL

Performance / 60 Minutes

Ten choreographers create ten short dances in one very large space, but for one very small stage: a raised cube with a 4′ x 4′ playing space. During the 2018 CounterCurrent festival, the fourth annual Ten Tiny Dances® will focus on themes of “color” to be interpreted by audience and artists alike. Audiences are asked to attend in all-white to fully embrace the theme and immerse themselves in the interactive nature of this work.

By enlisting artists at all stages of their careers, Ten Tiny Dances®  continues to challenge audiences and artists on the definition of performance. Participating artists include: Alde Lewis (guest artist, A. L. Efficacy Movement); Alonzo Lee Moore IV; Catalina Alexandra; Elijah Alhadji Gibson; Liannet Madrazo; PhaeMonae (guest artist, Core Dance); Shani Sterling; Son Kiss’d; Trent D. Williams, Jr.; and Ty’Esha Lewis.

Created in Portland, Oregon, in 2002 Ten Tiny Dances® continues to be produced by founder Mike Barber and others, by permission. See www.tentinydances.org for more information.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Harrison Guy is the Artistic Director of Urban Souls Dance Company (founded in 2004). His works display passion, beauty, and activism rooted in African American culture. Guy began his dance journey in La Marque, TX at Ruth Elgin Dance Studios. Building on his love for social dance and Hip-Hop, Harrison studied dance at Prairie View A&M University under the artistic direction of Kenneth Epting and Paula Williams, Energy Source Dance (Murfreesboro, TN), The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, Sam Houston State University, Deeply Rooted Productions (Chicago), Dallas Black Dance Theater, and The Ailey School (NY). Harrison has gained a reputation for creating works that shifts the consciousness of the audience. He has facilitated a cultural exchange in Kigali, Rwanda, and was commissioned to create a work at Vanderbilt University in the spring of 2015 to honor one of America’s most prominent composers, John Harbison. In 2016, he launched Houston's first African American Dance Festival. His latest collaborative work was on view at Project Row Houses Round 47.

Pia Agrawal joined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as Program Director in August 2014 where she ensures the success of the center’s public programming including the Mitchell Artist Lecture, the annual CounterCurrent festival, and activities relating to the Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence program. Prior to her work at the Mitchell Center, she served as the Managing Director of the Rude Mechs (Austin) and as Programming Director of FringeArts (Philadelphia). She loves all the possibilities Ten Tiny Dances® has to offer.


ABOUT
CounterCurrent is a free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installations, live performances, talks, and participatory events by artists from around the world. From large-scale spectacle to intimate interaction, CounterCurrent projects represent the range of ways we view each other and the city around us. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is part of the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

CounterCurrent18 Box Office is run by MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston and events take place all over the city. 

INFORMATION
FREE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE MARCH 19, 2018. FOR THE FESTIVAL LINEUP, VISIT WWW.COUNTERCURRENTFESTIVAL.ORG.
When:
Apr 11, 2018
Ten choreographers create ten short dances in one very large space, but for one very small stage: a raised cube with a 4′ x 4′ playing space. During the 2018 CounterCurrent festival, the fourth annual Ten Tiny Dances will focus on themes of “color” to be interpreted by audience and artists alike. Audiences are asked to attend in all-white to fully embrace the them and immerse themselves in the interactive nature of this work.
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
8pm (doors at 7pm)
Location:
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CounterCurrent18 - Center Aisle Blues by Laura Gutierrez


Center Aisle Blues
Responding directly to the people and objects around her, Gutierrez crafts a traveling performance to challenge concepts of performance and place.

DATE / TIME / SITE(S)
Ticketed performances: 
Thu 4/12/18 at 6pm
Fri 4/13/18 at 9pm
Sat 4/14/18 at 10am + 5pm
Sun 4/15/18 at 12pm + 3pm

Fiesta Mart
4200 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77004

NOTES
Center Aisle Blues is a traveling performance through Fiesta. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand and walk for the duration of the performance.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
Performance / 45 Minutes

A new site-specific work by the contemporary Houston and New York-based choreographer, Laura Gutierrez, Center Aisle Blues stems from childhood memories of Fiesta Mart to more recent political realizations. Gutierrez choreographs movement inspired by the aisles and atmosphere of a local Fiesta, playing on the aesthetics of the supermarket, the ritualistic experience of grocery shopping, and the convergence of diverse communities in the aisles. Responding directly to the people and objects around her, Gutierrez crafts a traveling performance to challenge concepts of performance and place.

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIVERSEWORKS + FIESTA MART

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist and choreographer based between Houston and New York City. A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded a William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. Gutierrez has performed at the American Dance Institute, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, BAM Next Wave Festival, Soluna Festival, Brisbane Festival, and in museums such as The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Fabric Workshop Museum, SCAD Museum of Art, and The Guggenheim. Her own choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theatre, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Triskelion Arts, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, and Sicardi Gallery, She has been performing in works by Jonah Boaker since 2012 and in 2014 was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”

Gutierrez repertoire includes a series of solo works and concert dance works as well as choreographic projects that challenge audiences’ theater experiences in non-traditional performance venues. She plays with movement themes inspired by postmodern dance, classical ballet, and the visual arts.


ABOUT
CounterCurrent is a free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installations, live performances, talks, and participatory events by artists from around the world. From large-scale spectacle to intimate interaction, CounterCurrent projects represent the range of ways we view each other and the city around us. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is part of the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

CounterCurrent18 Box Office is run by MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston and events take place all over the city. 

INFORMATION
FREE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE MARCH 19, 2018. FOR THE FESTIVAL LINEUP, VISIT WWW.COUNTERCURRENTFESTIVAL.ORG.
When:
Apr 12, 2018 to Apr 15, 2018
4/12-4/15. Responding directly to the people and objects around her, Gutierrez crafts a traveling performance to challenge concepts of performance and place. Center Aisle Blues is a traveling performance through Fiesta. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand and walk for the duration of the performance.
Cost:
Ticketed
Time:
6:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
4/12/18 at 6pm
Friday Time & Price:
4/13/18 at 9pm
Saturday Time & Price:
4/14/18 at 10am + 5pm
Sunday Time & Price:
4/15/18 at 12pm + 3pm
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Calliope

Choreographer Stephanie Sermas and Houston City Dance present: Calliope

Choreographer Stephanie Sermas tells the story of Calliope Charisse, the Maria Von Trapp of dance, a Greek immigrant, who has had a lasting influence on dance in Hollywood and on Broadway.  The story of Calliope Charisse and her children could easily be a story in the headlines today: an immigrant  family almost turned away from this country whose members go on to make an immeasurable contribution to the artistic heritage of America; a single mom of eleven children, who turns what some might consider a liability into an asset to herself, her children, and America. Calliope, a student of modern dance trailblazer Isadora Duncan, began teaching dance and formed a dance troop with her 11 children after she was widowed while living in Paris. She and her family toured around Europe and eventually came to the U.S in the early days of the twentieth century. Scheduled to be the opening act for Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, the family was detained on arrival because immigration had reached its quota of Greek immigrants for the year. When the press got wind of this, the family was released, performed at the Hippodrome, and went on tour on the vaudeville circuit for many years. When the troop’s traveling days were over, many of Calliope’s children continued Calliope’s dance legacy. Among them, her son Nico, husband to famous actress Cyd Charisse, taught ballet to Hollywood stars, and her daughter Nenette taught dance to Broadway greats, creating a legacy still evident today. 

Choreographer Sermas read about Calliope’s story and was inspired to tell it in Sermas’s and Calliope’s preferred medium: dance. Single mom, unwanted immigrant who made good, dancer: all of these aspects of Calliope made Sermas want to tell her story, and she does it in the range of dance that reflects Calliope’s training and legacy and highlights the diverse talents of Houston City Dance Company. Opening and closing with pieces that draw on traditional Greek folk dance, Sermas’s telling of Calliope’s story starts with the classical Greece inflected early modern style of Isadora Duncan and the beautiful Russian ballet of Anna Pavlova, associated with Calliope’s early career, and moves to a celebration of vaudeville with various vaudevillian forms such as striptease and black bottom.


When:
Mar 24, 2018
Cost:
$25
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30 p.m.
Sunday Time & Price:
2:30 p.m.
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Rec Room Residency Festival Presents, Jhon Stronks

A multi-disciplinary festival of innovative, live performance

Rec Room Arts presents as part of the 2018 residency festival: Jhon Stronks!

#Beckoning REDUX #DiscoWitches is an evening of dance and performance inspired by goddess mythologies and conditioned with contemplations on identity, accountability and maturation. Featuring Miss. Understood and her coven of #DiscoWitches the evening unfurls it’s layers gifting the audience with multiple points of departure and arrival.

Doors are at 7:30 pm and both performances begin at 8:00 pm. If you want to drop in earlier, the bar opens at 6:30!

When:
Feb 23, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Cost:
$15 General Admission, $10 Student
Time:
8:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Saturday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Location:
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Sparrow Lane

Sparrow Lane takes a strange trip down memory lane





Sparrow Lane,  a new dance work from choreographer Ashley Horn, will take place February 23 and 24 at 8 PM at The Interchange.  In the remote town of Sparrow Lane every day is a carbon copy of the one before until the disappearance of a woman shakes the community to the core.  



Based on Horn's 2013 Persistence of Vision, Sparrow Lane explores the unreliable nature of memory.   As time passes and memories are accessed and stored, they become less accurate and our ability to have an honest and identical shared past with those around us erodes.  Writing by Andrew Kozma, photography by Pin Lim, live music by Dave Sharma, and choreography and an installation by Ashley Horn immerse the audience in a cryptic and evasive truth where memories are erased, shifted, and altered, skewing reality.   



The installation holds keys to understanding the unique properties of Sparrow Lane and its inhabitants.  Hollowed out books, hidden notes, and shifting time tables can be found by the audience if they are willing to break with theatre tradition and rifle through the set pieces.



Performers include an array of Houston’s most prolific dancers,  Shanon Adame, Jacquelyne Boe, Adam Castaneda, Laura Gutierrez, Lydia Hance, Michele Henson, Cloe Leppard, Mollie Miller, Maggie Puckett, Emily Sayre, and Alex Farris Soares.



Sparrow Lane will take place at The Interchange, Houston’s newest space for dance, theater, art, music, flow, and circus art performance. Led by a collective of local Houston performance artists, The Interchange offers a unique opportunity for Houston’s art community to develop a space from the ground up.  Currently the collective has ten members coming from a variety of artistic backgrounds.



Sparrow Lane will be performed February 23 and 24 at 8 PM at The Interchange, 1815 Cleburne St.  For more information, visit ashleyhorndance.com. Tickets are pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).


When:
Feb 23, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Cost:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:40 pm
Friday Time & Price:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
Saturday Time & Price:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
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Residency Festival Presents, Daniela Antelo & Brenda Cruz-Wolf

A multi-disciplinary festival of innovative, live performance

Rec Room Arts presents as part of the 2018 residency festival: Daniela Antelo & Brenda Cruz-Wolf!

Audiences will experience an emergence of video and live performance installation in the main Rec Room space. This installation will allow viewers to fully immerse themselves within a controlled-manufactured environment using bodies, textures and raw elements produced by urban landscapes in Houston. 

Artists Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Daniela Antelo have collaborated together for the last few years on various site-specific performances, creating experimental dance films and installations throughout Houston. They each bring the strength of their individual practices together by merging experimental movement/performance with video production and editing. They always aim to use the raw elements of each site to produce a piece that represents the ideas about body and space, submerging the viewer into the physical realm of abstract movement and eliminate the boundaries between viewer and space.
When:
Feb 16, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
Cost:
$15 General Admission, $10 Student
Time:
8:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Saturday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Location:
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Hidden Dimensions – an evening of live music and dance

Journey through different musical dimensions, guided by classical and contemporary movements and music of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass and Axiom Quartet.

Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet
for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new
dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take
place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass
String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and
selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments
of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet
Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation, Hidden Dimension
Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process,
creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.  Music
from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s
newest pas de deux, titled At first sight.  Ms. Gulledge-Brown
describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer
Rupert Edwards returns to perform in this new work.  Houston audiences
will get the rare opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by
Benjamin Britten in a live performance.  Axiom cellist Patrick Moore and
choreographer Alex Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that
resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and
triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

When:
Mar 2, 2018 to Mar 3, 2018
Cost:
$30 General Admission; $25 Seniors (65+); $15 College Students with ID / UDC Students
Time:
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
07:30pm
Saturday Time & Price:
07:30pm


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