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Dance Gallery Festival: Texas Experience

VON USSAR danceworks presents the 7th Annual The Dance Gallery Festival:  Texas Experience

by Emily Schulze Binetti

VON USSAR danceworks and The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance present the 7th Annual Dance Gallery Festival: Texas Experience, performances November 4-5 at Sam Houston State University with master classes for students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The festival features original works from 10 dynamic choreographers from New York and throughout Texas such as Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth.

Highlights from the evening include choreography by Christopher Rudd/Ruddur Dance. Mr. Rudd was named Person of the Week in 1991 by ABC’s Peter Jennings as the first black person in the US to dance the title role of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Also featured on the program is work by former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancer Manuel Vignoulle/M/Motions. In addition to his involvement with the Dance Gallery festivities, Mr. Vignoulle has also been selected to be this year’s SHSU Resident Guest Artist. He will begin working with SHSU dancers in October to set a new work for Dance Spectrum, the bi-annual faculty and guest artist dance concert.

Nationally recognized critic Nancy Wozny hailed, ”the evening’s polish, fine dancing and choreographic invention made one memorable night.”

The Texas venue of DGF cultivates relationships between students and professionals and provides exposure for participating companies in Texas. The Dance Gallery Festival at Sam Houston offers beautiful state-of-the art facilities, a master class series, and paid guest artist residencies in conjunction with the festival’s performances. These one to two week residencies include choreographing a new work on Sam Houston’s upper-level students to be performed on their fall concert as well as teaching technique and choreography classes.  A juried panel comprised of Sam Houston faculty and area artists select the resident artists.

The Choreographer and company line up for the Dance Gallery Festival TX include:


Amy Morrow/The Theorists – Austin

Bruce Wood Dance Project – Dallas

Christopher Rudd/RudduR Dance – NYC

Jennifer Mabus – Houston

John Beasant III – Houston

Joshua L. Peugh/Dark Circles Contemporary Dance – Dallas

Manuel Vignoulle/ M/Motions – NYC 

Mike Esperanza/BARE Dance Company – NYC

Rohan Bhargava/Rovaco Dance Company – NYC

Susan Douglas Roberts/wild goose chase dance – Fort Worth


Ticket and Venue Information

Sam Houston State University Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater is located at 815 17th St, Huntsville, TX. The Dance Gallery Festival will be presented on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at 936.294.2339 and online at www.shsu.edu/boxoffice.

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