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

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

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

2017年 4月23日 (日)
14時 / 18時

Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055


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 (Japanese only).

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


Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center


Spring Fusion 2017 & Uptown Dance Gala 2017

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

Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055


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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Dance Infusion 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:00pm – Pre-Professional Show
8:00pm – Professional Show

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


Featuring guest choreographers Andre Silva and Chet Walker.

Returning to Uptown Dance Company for “Dance Infusion 2016” is Chet Walker, the Tony-Award-Winning creator of FOSSE the musical, and choreographer of Broadway classics such as Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and many more. This will be Mr. Walker’s third work for Uptown Dance Company.

Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva also returns to create a new work on Uptown Dance Company. Mr. Silva set a work on the Uptown Dance Company II last season. An accomplished dancer, Mr. Silva 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.

Uptown Dance Company’s pre-professional students will be featured in their own show, one hour before the main company performs.

Be sure to also check out our Summer Master Class Series with Andre and Chet. Click links below to find out more and to register:
Andre – July 30, 2016
Chet – August 26-27, 2016

Dance Infusion 2016 Press Release

Dance Source Houston’s Preview on Dance Infusion 2016

UDC Open Rehearsal – Dance Infusion 2015


Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:00pm


Uptown Dance Centre (map)



Go behind the scene with Uptown Dance Company and its pre-professional division as the companies prepare for Dance Infusion 2015. Watch the creative and rehearsal process of the choreographers, meet with the dancers and see the making of a show. You even get a sneak peek of the new works premiering at the show. And it’s all FREE!!!

Dance Infusion 2015 Press Release

September 7, 2015
Beth Gulledge-Brown

Uptown Dance Company
Dance Infusion 2015


Uptown Dance Company opens the 2015-2016 season with Dance Infusion 2015, a two-night event at the brand new Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), on Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015.  Dance Infusion 2015 will be the inaugurating event that marks the grand opening of MATCH, featuring contemporary and classical works by Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown, co-director Adrian Ciobanu, guest choreographers Alex Pandiscio and Krissy Richmond, and Uptown Dance Company dancers Lindsay Cortner, Eric Glenn and Emily Roy.

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