International choreographer, instructor, and dancer Beth Gulledge-Brown began her lifelong relationship with dance at the age of three under the instruction of her mother. Her classical ballet training included celebrated teachers such as Joseph Giacobbe, Margo Marshall, Leo Ahonen, and Soilie Arvala. She studied jazz with Delia Stewart and Keith Cross, and later received scholarships with Broadway Dance Center in New York and Joe Tremaine in Los Angeles.
Ms. Gulledge-Brown went on to receive her dance degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and has performed with many companies around the world, including U.C.T. Ballet Company and the CAPAB Ballet Company in South Africa, as well as Delia Stewart Dance Company, Texas Dance Theatre, and Joan Karff’s New Dance Group in the United States. Upon her return to Houston, Ms. Gulledge-Brown opened the Uptown Dance Centre. In 1999, recognizing the need to supplement her students’ training and performance skills, she formed a pre-professional dance company to provide a performing outlet for her advanced students. The company received its nonprofit status in 2004, and the skills and exposure of Gulledge-Brown’s students continued to grow with her vision. In 2008, Gulledge-Brown launched the professional Uptown Dance Company, a group made-up of talented dancers from all over US and around the world. Her students continue to perform in the pre-professional company, Uptown Dance Company II. The ever-increasing caliber of her dancers has attracted critically acclaimed guest choreographers, including Chet Walker, Dominic Walsh, Andre Silva, and Paola Georgudis, Tina Kay Bohnstedt, among others.
A talented and versatile choreographer, Ms. Gulledge-Brown has set choreography for multiple projects and festivals, including the Texas Tanzsommer Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, Choreographer’s X 6, JCC SummerDance Repertory/Performance Project, Dance Houston, and Dance Month. In 2013, Gulledge-Brown choreographed her first opera for the Univeristy of Houston Moore’s School of Music’s production of Shoshtakovich’s “Moscow Cheryomushki.” Her choreography has been presented internationally in Mexico, Costa Rica, Austria, and China.