Soul Searching PRESS RELEASE

September 15, 2017
Beth Gulledge-Brown


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



Beth Gulledge-Brown


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.


Photo: Laura Winslow

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

Spring Fusion Dance Festival 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:30pm

Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

Celebrating Women’s History Month
Presenting the female choreographic voice!

Uptown Dance Company invites you to a celebration of the female choreographic voice in honor of Women’s History Month.  Presenting three world premieres by three Houston-based female choreographers, UDC’s third annual Spring Fusion Dance Festival is a night of romance, humor and passion.

The festival begins with performances by Uptown Dance Company’s pre-professional division (Uptown Dance Company II, Senior Company and Junior Company).  UDC II performs a brand new contemporary work, “Cosmos”, by Andre Silva of Texas Ballet Theater.  They also debut a new work by UDC artistic director Beth Gulledge Brown.  Titled “La apasionadas”, the piece is about connecting the Latin American expression of passion to the classical form of dance.  Senior Company and Junior Company will reprise their works from Dance Infusion 2015, choreographed by UDC dancers Lindsay Cortner and Eric Glenn.

UDC main company takes the stage with three premiere works of distinct styles.  Tina Kay Bohnstedt’s “What happens backstage…” takes a humorous, behind-the-scene look at the battle between dancers and stage workers.  It’s a piece inspired by and reflects the different characters and personalities of the company.  Priscilla Nathan Murphy’s “Fuga/The Chase” is about the fickleness in relationships.  The 12-cello arrangement of Astor Piazolla’s Fuga Misterio provides the inspiration behind the piece.  Gulledge-Brown’s “Serenity” rounds out the show with her signature classical style.  Moved by Franz Waxman’s music and celebrating the birth of her own daughter, Gulledge-Brown’s work deals with finding peace, happiness and balance throughout life’s many changes.

Join us this March for a look into the art of dance through the fairer sex perspective.

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


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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The Nutcracker Suite 2014

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

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. Come join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening at Uptown Dance Centre.

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