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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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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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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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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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Edward DeShane

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?

For December, meet one of the newest members of UDC family, Edward DeShane. After showing off his contemporary moves back in Dance Infusion 2016, you will see Edward on stage this month dancing as the Nutcracker Prince and Snow King!

You Name:
Edward DeShane

Where Are You From?
Born in San Diego, CA

Any Nickname?
Eddie, Ed

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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Tiffany Ramey

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?

Next, we have our Southern Belle from The Peach State… Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Uptown Dance Company member, Tiffany Ramey!

You Name:
Tiffany Ramey

Where Are You From?
Georgia

Any Nickname?
Don’t have one yet

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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Adrian Ciobanu

You watch Uptown Dance Company performs on stage or see the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

Starting in November, we will feature an UDC dancer each month… Find out what they do when they are not dancing, who they look up to, words to live by, and what they are REALLY like…

First up, it’s our resident Romanian… Ladies and gentlemen, meet Uptown Dance Company Co-Director, Adrian Ciobanu!

You Name:
Florin Adrian Ciobanu

Where Are You From?
Romania

Any Nickname?
Cioby

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