Founded in 2011, ARCOS experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. Combining dance, theater, video, and emergent technologies, ARCOS creates innovative, award-winning transmedia performances that are accessible and relevant to a diverse range of audiences. The company has been commissioned and presented its work throughout Texas and internationally in performing and contemporary arts centers, festivals, and interdisciplinary symposia. ARCOS has received public and private grants, served as guest artists in academic institutions, and participated in artist residencies across the country. ARCOS' touring repertory features evening-length productions for various venue types, including "The Warriors: A Love Story," "Domain," "Tasteful," "In the Ether," and "The Tower Is Us (A Prisoner’s Cinema)." The company’s shorter dance works—"When Televisions Sleep," for example—are suited to proscenium or studio theater settings, individually or combined into a full-length program. ARCOS also welcomes commissions to create or remount site-specific projects, such as the immersive, virtual-reality integrated dance pieces "Elegy" and "Spheres." While on tour or in residency, ARCOS also complements performances with innovative outreach and community engagement offerings, such as informal post-show conversations, interdisciplinary workshops or masterclasses, and volunteering for local charities. Photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete.
3111 Parker Lane #196
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $800 - $4,800
travel/per diem/lodging $40 - $9,600
Blue Lapis Light
Blue Lapis Light (BLL) is a site-specific aerial dance company based in Austin, Texas, and founded by Artistic Director Sally Jacques. Using aerial techniques informed by classical, interpretive, and modern dance, BLL creates transcendent works of beauty, inspiring audience members of all ages and backgrounds. BLL offers aerial dance performances adapted to each location, making every show a unique event. The apparatuses used are determined by the site. The company specializes in aerial silks, harness work, Spanish web and tiger stands. Custom music and costuming elements are chosen to reflect the theme of each event. BLL creates pieces on every scale-- from one dance on a silk to an entire ensemble on the face of a building. Photo by Earl McGehee.
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $3,500 - $30,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $25,000
Bruce Wood Dance
Bruce Wood Dance is a compelling, contemporary dance company built on the vision and prolific creativity of nationally acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014). Under the artistic direction of Kimi Nikaidoh, BWD presents engaging performances that harness the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. During his lifetime Wood created more than 80 works ranging from fiercely athletic, to hilarious, to poignant. Nikaidoh curates programming that offers exciting theatrical experiences of Wood's repertoire along with new commissions from emerging dance-makers within the company and nationally celebrated choreographers such as 2017 Princess Grace awardee Bryan Arias, 2017 Bessie-nominated Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Texas-based Andy + Dionne Noble. Touring programs are designed to presenters' specifications to provide a lasting impact. Education outreach master classes feature key movement elements and excerpts from Wood's dances. Specialized classes are designed to bring joy, healing, and inspiration of rhythm and motion to ‘kids’ of all ages. Engagement activities feature talks on the dance-making process and post-performance Q+A’s. BWD was honored as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2017, 2014, and 2013 and included in every annual Dallas Fort Worth Top Ten in Dance List since 2011. Photo by Jennifer Fermaint.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $500 - $8,000
school performance $400 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $25- $4,000
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
With vivid performances and inclusive classes, Dallas Black Dance Theatre positively impacts lives and bridges cultures through the transformative power of dance. Since its founding in 1976 by Ann Williams as a small community-based dance troupe, it has grown to become Dallas' oldest and largest professional dance company and the tenth-largest arts organization of color in the nation. It has toured numerous Texas cities, 31 US states, and 15 countries on five continents, including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and President Nelson Mandela. The company’s repertoire is broad, from masterworks by Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp to an aerial ballet and silent disco experience. Dance styles available for touring include modern, ballet, jazz, African, and some tap. Five performing ensembles—the main professional company, the second professional company DBDT: Encore!, and three elite student performing ensembles from the Academy—provide a variety of performance types and fee ranges to accommodate audiences of any size and age. Professional dancers hail from top national programs like the Ailey School and NYU, while Academy students continue dance training at the Juilliard School and SMU, among others. In 2017, Dallas Black Dance Theatre received the Texas Medal of Arts Award in arts education. Photo by James Debth for Texas Cultural Trust.
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX 75313
public performance/concert $5,000 - $20,000
school performance $2,500 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $2,125 - $10,625
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company's Dallas-based branch—lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine "25 to Watch" breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as "the area's most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" by D Magazine (2015 & 2016) and Dallas Observer (2016). The young company has been praised as "frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. Photo by Brian Guilliaux.
Joshua L. Peugh
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #29
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2,000 - $15,000
school performance $300 - $1,160
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $8,000
FLY Dance Company
"Entertainment with wholesome, universal appeal" – NY Times. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Kathy Wood, FLY Dance Company offers a variety of concert performances as well as educational shows, workshops, and residencies available for booking locally, nationally, and internationally. Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip hop-- very creative, gymnastic, and highly masculine. FLY's concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries-- young and old, men and women, sophisticated and unsophisticated-- with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana FLY's community outreach reaches an average of 50,000 kids annually with educational shows, residencies, and workshops that are unmatched in variety and positive social impact. Put it all together and you will agree, "There is no other group like FLY Dance Company-The Gentlemen of Hip Hop.” FLY’s educational shows are fun,and fast-action; scripted and designed to deliver entertainment, knowledge, and important social messages to school-aged audiences. Concert offerings are available as full-length or mini-concerts and are adaptable for college student activities and youth concerts. Performances can vary in length and cast size with performing fees adjusted accordingly. Photo by J. Del Fierro.
15433 Chichester Ln
Houston, TX 77040
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $900 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks actively engages diverse communities through the creation of unique civic dance projects. Using the movement of daily life as choreographic inspiration, Forklift casts community members as the primary performers. Past productions have included Venetian gondoliers, firefighters, city sanitation employees, people who are visually impaired, recycling warehouse workers, a symphony conductor, electric utility employees and many others Forklift's performances have garnered local and national attention for outstanding, innovative choreography as well as appearances at national and international festivals such as Fusebox, the Kennedy Center for the VSA International Arts Festival, and the Kyoto Experiment Festival. Forklift’s unique community engagement process is best toured by commissioning the company to create a site-specific work for the host community, involving community members and local artists as performers.Choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty can also set work on professional or student dancers and/or community members for theater-based performances. The company also offers school residencies from pre-K to the college level, professional development for classroom teachers, workshops in mixed-ability dance for dancers of all abilities, leadership training workshops, and keynotes. Photo by Mark Shapiro.
2023 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $2,500 - $50,000
school performance $500 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $3,000
METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertory that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, METdance performs throughout the United States and provides audiences with a chance to see a vast body of works by some of our country's most prominent contemporary dance artists including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Rosie Herrera, and Kate Skarpetowska. METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, instilling the company’s repertory with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. Presenters can create a unique program from over 35 works in METdance’s current catalogue of repertory. METdance also offers original educational productions perfect for all ages such as Swing, Jive, and Pop Into Dance! and Moving Myths. Additionally, the company is available for an array of residency activities including master classes, movement workshops, and meet-the-artist talkbacks. Photo by Ben Doyle.
PO Box 980457
Houston, TX 77098
public performance/concert $5,000 - $25,000
school performance $1,000 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $10,000
NobleMotion Dance (NMD), one of Texas's premier dance companies, is recognized for their intense physicality, unique collaborations, and jaw-dropping performances. Founded in 2009, NMD is a company of 13 dancers/artists and integrates dance, theater, and technology in dynamic ways. NMD’s "cutting edge" programming has garnered national exposure, receiving over 50 positive reviews, and its accolades include being named "Houston’s Best Dance Company” and a feature on ABC’s primetime TV show American Crime. The company tours nationally and has performed in a wide array of venues and locations. NMD believes in engaging a broad audience by creating a total theater experience. This submerses the audience into new worlds, allowing them to see dance that is fresh, accessible, and exciting. NMD offers a broad repertory that ranges from intimate to technical wow. Photo by Lynn Lane.
2443 Pelham Drive
Houston, TX 77019
public performance/concert $10,000 - $20,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $3,000
Open Dance Project
Open Dance Project's highly stylized dance theater performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Under the direction of Annie Arnoult, one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2018, this "talented troupe" of dancer/actors brings timely, thought-provoking subject matter to the stage through their dynamic physicality, daring athleticism, and emotional honesty. Current offerings include two performances for young audiences: Staging Stories Live, where dancers build a comic dance theater performance that can be tailored to any theme using audience suggestions; and ENGINuity, an educational romp through the history and science of engines. For mature audiences, the company offers DADA GERT, an immersive multimedia performance incorporating aerial silks, trapeze, and projections based on the Weimar dance satirist Valeska Gert. Photo by Lynn Lane.
747 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $750 - $2,500
school performance $750 - $925
travel/per diem/lodging $1,100 - $7,150