Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet

Photo: Cristin Miller

WHEN:
March 2, 2018 (Friday)
7:30pm

March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
7:30pm

WHERE:
UPTOWN DANCE CENTRE
7417 Shadyvilla, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

Dance performance with live music by Axiom Quartet.
Featuring three world premieres by Andre Silva, Alex Pandiscio and Beth Gulledge-Brown.

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

The performances will take place at Uptown Dance Centre’s black box theater, equipped with great acoustics that is ideal for live music performances.

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

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Master Class with Andre Silva (2018)


WHEN
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
WHERE
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055 (map it)
COST
$25 per class

 

 

 


Uptown Dance Centre is excited to announce a ballet master class with Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva in January 2018. Andre returns to UDC to create two world premieres. The new works will be performed to live music during UDC’s spring show Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet.

Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at the Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a Company member of Texas Ballet Theater from 2003 to 2009, where he was featured in leading roles of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Vivaldi and Brittain pas-deux, Bartok, Preludes for Van, Five Poems and Mozart Requiem. Andre was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton international “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals.

He joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal from 2009 to 2014, where he toured and expanded his repertoire dancing title roles of European choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Christian Spuck, Didy Veldman and Marco Goecke.

He joined Germany’s Ballet Augsburg for one year, where he was featured in principal roles in Young Soon-Hue’s Romeo and Juliet, Georg Reischl’s Verflixte Nähe, Stephen Shopshire’s Murmul and Spill and Angel Rodriguez’ Medea.

In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater.

Don’t miss this chance to take class from an inspiring dancer, teacher and choreographer. Space is limited, register for your spot today!

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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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 – 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

Spring Fusion 2017 & Uptown Dance Gala 2017

WHEN:
Friday, March 3, 2017 7:30pm
Spring Fusion 2017
Pre-Show starts at 7:00pm, featuring Uptown Dance Junior and Senior Companies.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:30pm
Uptown Dance Gala 2017

WHERE:
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

you & me, together we…

This March, experience the art form of DANCE through a collection of duets representing passion, determination, grace and athleticism.

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The Nutcracker Suite 2016

Join Uptown Dance Company for an evening of magic and dance!

claraprince-b-medIt’s that time of the year again… What better way to celebrate the holidays than spending it with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and The Sugar Plum Fairy for an adventure in The Land of Sweets. You will be sitting at one of the tables at the Christmas Eve dinner party where Drosselmeyer delights the children with magical dolls. Watch the snowflakes dance amongst you, and participate in the celebration of sweets from around the world.

There will be refreshments, treats and raffle drawings at each show, and audience members are encourage to dress up for the festivities.

Featuring UDC pre-professional division dancers as well as Uptown Dance Centre students, make this event your new holiday tradition and come join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening at Uptown Dance Centre.

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