Soul Searching PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO WORLD PREMIERES AND BRINGS BACK AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE

HOUSTON, TX – On Friday September 29th, 2017, Uptown Dance Company opens their 18th Season with Soul Searching, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works. Joining the company’s six dancers will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III (a former Houston Ballet dancer, who performed with the group this past spring for Creative Minds at Uptown). This exciting program features the company’s first work by award-winning choreographer Barry Kerollis, a world premiere by Beth Gulledge-Brown, and the return of an audience favorite.

Barry Kerollis describes his newest work “Disenabled” as exploring “the concept of a family unit putting their foot down in order to preserve their integrity in the face of manipulation and deception. As an audience member, we offer you a glimpse into their personal moment, and the resulting fallout when the individual chooses not to accept help or responsibility for their actions.” Mr. Kerollis was a member of Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet X, and later held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre. In 2014, he was selected out of over 60 international applicants to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative. He was a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the 2nd annual Visions Choreographic Competition. Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix.Mr. Kerollis currently teaches ballet and contemporary Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. Mr. Kerollis is also well known for his podcast, Pas de Chát: Talking Dance (on the Premier Dance Network), and his award-wining the blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

The music of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto inspires Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s work of the same name as the evening’s program. “Soul Searching” portrays the spiritual journey of a man as he discovers and integrates the many facets of his diverse inner world. The addition of enigmatic poetry awakens age-old questions on the nature of human experience within our vast universe.

The program also includes the revival of “Café Flor,” created in 2013 by resident choreographer Alex Pandiscio. Pandiscio’s light-hearted work features upbeat music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cuban singer Guillermo Portables. This quirky piece evokes a sense of nostalgia for some remote imaginative world where dancing inevitably ensues.

 

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional dance company based in Houston, TX, found in 1999. It comprises of six professional dancers from around the world, and places a special focus on introducing audience members and dancers alike to new choreography, regularly performing premieres by renowned local and national choreographers

 

FACT SHEET:

CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

WHAT: UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS SOUL SEARCHING

WHEN: Friday, September 29th, 2017. 7:30pm

WHERE: MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston), 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

TICKETS: $30 General admission / $25 Senior/ $15 Student w/College I.D.

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Photo: Laura Winslow
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Soul Searching + Dance Infusion 2017

WHEN:
Soul Searching
September 29, 2017 (Friday)
7:30pm

Dance Infusion 2017
September 30, 2017 (Saturday)
2:00pm / 7:30pm

WHERE:
MATCH
3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

WHAT:

Uptown Dance kicks off 2017-2018 season with 2 distinctive shows — Soul Searching featuring Uptown Dance Company and Dance Infusion 2017 featuring the pre-professional companies of Uptown Dance.

On Friday September 29th, 2017, Uptown Dance Company opens their 18th Season with Soul Searching, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works. Joining the company’s six dancers will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III (a former Houston Ballet dancer, who performed with the group this past spring for Creative Minds at Uptown). This exciting program features the company’s first work by award-winning choreographer Barry Kerollis, a world premiere by UDC artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown, and the return of an audience favorite.

In his work “Disenabled”, Barry Kerollis explores the concept of a family unit putting their foot down in order to preserve their integrity in the face of manipulation and deception. It offers the audience a glimpse into their personal moment, and the resulting fallout when the individual chooses not to accept help or responsibility for their actions. Artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s work, “Soul Searching”, portrays the spiritual journey of a man as he discovers and integrates the many facets of his diverse inner world. The addition of enigmatic poetry, accompanied by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music, awakens age-old questions on the nature of human experience within our vast universe. Soul Searching also includes the revival of “Café Flor,” created in 2013 by resident choreographer Alex Pandiscio. Pandiscio’s light-hearted work features upbeat music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cuban singer Guillermo Portables. This quirky piece evokes a sense of nostalgia for some remote imaginative world where dancing inevitably ensues.

Uptown Dance Company II, Senior Company and Junior Company take the stage on September 30 with works by Kerollis, Gulledge-Brown, Pandiscio and co-director Adrian Ciobanu in Dance Infusion 2017.  UDC II will be showing off their technical skills and versatility with three new works with three distinctive styles.  Senior Company dances “A Bouquet”, another work created in 2013 by artistic director Gulledge-Brown.  Junior Company will perform a classical work set to Ludwig Minkus’ classical ballet “Paquita”.  Uptown Dance Company performs selected works from Soul Searching.

TICKETS:
$30 General Admission
$25 Seniors (65+)
$15 College Students with ID / UDC Students

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Uptown Dance Gives Back to Flood Relief Efforts

We hope everyone is okay after the devastation that is Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  We are extremely lucky and grateful that our rehearsal studio, Uptown Dance Centre, sustains no damages and all the staff and company members are safe.

In this time of desperate needs for so many, including those in the dance and arts community, Uptown Dance Centre would like to help and contribute to the relief efforts.

For the month of September 2017, all proceeds from Uptown Dance Centre’s morning open classes (Monday/Wednesday classes with Adrian, Tuesday class with Alex and Friday class with Amy) will be donated to American Red CrossMorning open classes will resume on September 4, 2017.

To pay for classes or to donate to American Red Cross, please visit:
https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/hurricane-harvey/uptowndance

To artists and dance organizations who have lost their class or rehearsal spaces due to flood damages, Uptown Dance Centre would be happy to work with you to provide practice space at our studio.  Please email info@uptowndancecentre.com for more information.

As Uptown Dance Company is part of the Big Give Houston 2017, please visit Big Give Houston to support non-profit organizations that are helping with the flood relief efforts.

The road to recovery can be long and difficult, but we are #HoustonStrong and #TexasStrong, and we will get through this together.  Please continue to stay safe and let us know if UDC can help in any way.

Photo: AMA Houston

Support UDC at Big Give Houston (and Beyond)

Note: In light of the recent events caused by Hurricane Harvey, Big Give Houston 2017 has been rescheduled to November 28, 2017

Uptown Dance Company is excited and honored to be part of Big Give Houston 2017, happening on November 28, 2017.

Big Give Houston is a 24-hour collaborative fundraiser for nonprofits in and around Houston. BGH celebrates 24 hours of Houstonians coming together to give back to the local organizations that support the community where we live, work and play.

You can show your love and support for the art of dance by making a donation to Uptown Dance Company via Big Give Houston.

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(Donation form will be active on November 28, 2017 12:00am)

Why should you donate to Uptown Dance Company during Big Give Houston 2017?

UDC is trying to raise funds for our Spring 2018 project, Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet.  The project features three world-premiere works by Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva, UDC artistic director Beth Gulledg-Brown, and resident choreographer/ballet master Alex Pandiscio.  UDC will be dancing to live music performed by Axiom Quartet.

How can you help?

Pledge your support now and help spread the word by sharing this image on your social media profiles:
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Make a donation to Uptown Dance Company via
Big Give Houston on November 28, 2017 (12:00am – 11:59pm)

Bonus: Check with your employer if they have a matching gift program that matches donations you make to non-profit organizations.

 
(Donation form will be active on November 28, 2017 12:00am)
Join Uptown Dance Company on
September 28, 2017 for happy hour at The Raven Tower.

They will donate portion of the proceeds to ONE nonprofit with the most attendees!  More details to come…

 

More About Big Give Houston…

Big Give Houston is designed to rally the community around the critical missions of local nonprofits. For one day per year it focuses its attention on the amazing missions within the Houston (and surrounding) community and encourage donors to give local.

One day out of the year BGH helps strengthen the foundation of our local communities, by providing critical funding for and celebrating the work of our community partners.

When is Big Give Houston?

November 28th from 12:00am CT – 11:59:59pm CT

Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card or debit card and access to the internet can participate.

What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations received through the website. No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.

Is my donation tax-deductible? How do I get a copy of my receipt?

All donations are fully tax deductible and irrevocable donations to a donor advised fund at The K Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which assists with the processing of the donation and forwarding of grant funds on to the nonprofit a donor specifies.

The K Foundation will provide an electronic receipt at the time of the donation via email. The e-mail you receive shortly thereafter meet all IRS requirements as a record of donation. If you are asked to provide a paper receipt for IRS purposes, please print out a copy of your email receipt. 

Complete Big Give Houston FAQs 

How can I support Uptown Dance Company beyond Big Give Houston?

 Come to our show, Soul Searching, at MATCH on September 27, 2017 7:30pm
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Summer Master Class Series – Barry Kerollis

Photo: Shalem Photography

WHEN
Friday, August 25th, 2017
4:15pm – 5:45pm

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
9:30am – 11:30am

Cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

WHERE
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055 (map it)

CLASS STYLE
August 25th: Ballet (intermediate)
August 26th: Contemporary (advanced)

COST
$25/class; $50 for both

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Cash, check or credit card payments are accepted at UDC office on the day of master classes.
You may also call UDC office to pay with credit card over the phone.


Uptown Dance Company welcomes award-winning choreographer, dance educator, speaker, and social media expert Barry Kerollis.  Based out of both New York City and Philadelphia, Barry currently works as Ballet and Contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. He has choreographed for numerous organizations, held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, hosts the Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network, and runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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Creative Minds at Uptown PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 11, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
“CREATIVE MINDS AT UPTOWN: An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music, & Voice”

Photo: Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center (Lynn Lane Photography)

HOUSTON, TX – On April 23rd, 2017, Uptown Dance Company (UDC) partners with Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) in an exciting program of Japanese-themed dance and music. The show featuring performers from UDC, CMC, Houston Ballet, Axiom Quartet, and University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

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Uptown Dance Company LIVE! – Creaitve Minds at Uptown Rehearsal

WHEN:
April 10, 2017; 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Uptown Dance Company is going LIVE!  again via live-streaming on YouTube.

Join us during rehearsal as Uptown Dance Company and Creative Minds Collaborative join forces and prepare for our upcoming project, Creative Minds at Uptown ~ An Evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice.  Go behind the scene, meet the dancers, and see the making of a show.

Watch it here:

Or go directly to our YouTube Channel:
https://youtu.be/ifNyjF-XEyo

We are also broadcasting the rehearsal via Facebook Live.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook to watch the live-stream:
https://www.facebook.com/UptownDanceCompany/