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/

Get to an UDC Dancer – Katie (Trevino) Lammers

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

Last but not least, meet Katie Lammers. Katie started her first season at Uptown Dance as Katie Trevino 4 years ago, and boy how things have changed!  She is now a happy newlywed and a new mom to an adorable puppy!  Katie will perform in the last show of the 2016-17 season, Creative Minds at Uptown – An Evening of Japanese-Inspired Ballet, Music and Voice.

You Name:
Katie Lammers

Where Are You From?
Born in Huntsville, AL. Grew up in southeast TX

Any Nickname?
Ktrev

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Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

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

WHEN:
April 23, 2017 (Sunday)
2:00pm / 6:00pm

2017年 4月23日 (日)
14時 / 18時

WHERE:
Uptown Dance Centre
アップタウン・ダンスセンター
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

創造心
バレエ・音楽・歌 を通して「日本」を語る

Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the City of Chiba and The City of Houston as Sister Cities. Honoring this occasion, Uptown Dance Company (UDC) partners with Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) for an evening of dance and music, featuring performers from UDC, CMC, Houston Ballet, Axiom Quartet, and University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

CMC presents selections from “TSURU,” a ballet conceived by CMC Founder Nao Kusuzaki. This original ballet is an arrangement of a traditional Japanese folktale, “鶴の恩返し Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Cranewife).” Chiba-born dancer Kenta Kojiri choreographed the work in collaboration with Ms. Kusuzaki and Asia Society, for its premiere at Asia Society Texas Center on June 27, 2015.

Complementing the themes of “TSURU,” UDC Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown creates a world premiere inspired by a set of Japanese art songs for classical voice and piano, with music that has just recently been collected and published in the United States. Utilizing dancers from both UDC and CMC, the new co-creation highlights themes in the Haiku poetry of the songs which deal with wildlife and landscapes.

Following the performances there will be question and answer sessions, giving the audience a chance to hear from choreographers, musicians, and dancers involved in the creation of these works.

In addition to UDC and CMC artists, the performances feature Houston Ballet’s first Japanese male Principal Dancer Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, cellist Patrick Moore from Houston’s Axiom Quartet, and musicians from University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

This project is made possible in part through the Houston City’s Initiative Grant and Dance Source Houston’s Production Micro Grant program.

CMC and guest artists of Houston Ballet will also perform “TSURU” in Chiba, Japan in the summer of 2017. For more information, visit http://chiba-houston-ballet.com/ (Japanese only).

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

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Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Amy Phillips

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

This March, meet the multi-talented Amy Phillips. Not only you have seen Amy on stage dancing, you will also see her in classroom teaching, in UDC office as an administrator, and online as UDC’s webmaster and social media guru! Come join Amy and the rest of Uptown Dance Company on March 3rd and 4th for Spring Fusion and Uptown Dance Gala 2017!

You Name:
Amy Phillips

Where Are You From?
Hong Kong

Any Nickname?
Yun (From my Chinese name, “Wing Yun”)

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Spring Fusion 2017 PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 17, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY
PRESENTS SPRING FUSION 2017
“you & me, together we …”

HOUSTON, TX – This March, Uptown Dance Company presents “Spring Fusion 2017:  you & me, together we…” The evening celebrates partnerships – between two dancers, between music and choreography, and between performers and audience. Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown has choreographed a present-day “Four Temperaments” for her company, showcasing PassionDeterminationGrace, and Athleticism as the four qualities she believes every dancer must possess and embody. The music choices for the pas de deux are diverse, and include Vivaldi, Sundance Head, Michael Nymann, and Andrea Boccelli. The choreography underscores the intimate connections between dance partners through thoroughly different movement vocabularies, showcasing Uptown dancers’ versatility in jazz, modern, ballet, and contemporary dance techniques.

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Uptown Dance Company LIVE! – Spring Fusion 2017 Rehearsal

WHEN:
February 20, 2017; 11:00am – 11:30am

First time ever, Uptown Dance Company is going LIVE! via live-streaming on YouTube.

Go behind the scene with Uptown Dance Company as we prepare for Spring Fusion and Gala 2017. Watch the rehearsal process LIVE and see the making of a show.

Watch it here:

Or go directly to our YouTube Channel:
https://youtu.be/zYt25uOe9JY

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/