Thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars-- A'lante Flamenco takes hold of an audience and won't let go! Directed by Olivia Chacon, the company's seven dancers and four musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and presenting flamenco to Texas audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Latin American influences. A'lante Flamenco has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco, uniting tradition and innovation Available touring programs include theatrical productions (including "Juana: First I Dream," inspired by poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, and others) or a program appropriate for smaller venues, like "Flamencura,” which transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club. Programs can also be customized for specific events or audiences, including dance and music workshops, mini-performances, and lecture-demonstrations in Spanish or English, including discussion of history and cultural influences of flamenco. Photo by Estrella Chacon.
7113 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $750 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $5,000
Great Promise for American Indians
Since 2004, the Great Promise Dancers have performed across the state of Texas with the mission of preserving the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians. The culturally authentic programs presented by Great Promise are both entertaining and informative. Traditions, stories and history come alive through song and dance. Audiences are introduced to the sights and sounds of the modern day powwow which is still relevant as a disciplined form of artistic and cultural expression. Dance styles and clothing are explained and demonstrated. Narration, live singing and drumming, and audience participation enhance the overall experience. Programs Director and individual artist Nan Blassingame (Cheyenne/Arapaho), an accomplished dancer and craftsperson, is available for craft and dance workshops. Nan also offers educational programs which feature hands-on participation and the sharing of her talents and experiences on a personal level with audiences of all ages. Great Promise programs are flexible and tailored to the needs of the presenter ranging from one artist to a larger group. Presentation size, time length and content can be adapted to fit most events, venues, audiences, and budgets. School and classroom programs compliment TEKS standards for arts, music and social studies.
3710 Cedar St. Box 19
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Guadalupe Dance Company
The Guadalupe Dance Company, founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. It performs the colorful regional dances of Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. The Guadalupe commissions international choreographers whose stunning work is featured in the company's productions. The dancers are available for full-length public performances, school lecture-demonstrations, and group workshops. Performances can include live music for additional fees. The Guadalupe Dance Company tours three productions, including: Celebrando Tradiciones - from Aztec dance to mariachi music, audiences are transported to the beautiful regions of Mexico with lively dances and music; Alma Flamenco - with intricate flamenco rhythms and breathtaking choreography, this program stretches the boundaries of traditional and contemporary movement; and Rio Bravo - featuring five dazzling suites of dance, this original production explores the dynamic cultural exchanges between South Texas and Mexico through the ages. Photo by Edward Benavides.
723 S. Brazos St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $4,000
Lannaya Drum & Dance
Lannaya is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000. Their mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora. They are committed to preserving vibrant cultural traditions through workshops and performances in schools, festivals, parties, receptions, and a host of special events. In the SuSu language of Guinea, Lannaya means "confidence." It's what Lannaya seeks to express in their work and instill in audiences through a variety of programming tailored per presenter, suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities, including: Rhythm & Movement of West Africa - Interactive school show for grades K-12 (Complements STARR and TEKS requirements by introducing music and dance vocabulary, authentic instruments, math, history, geography, culture. Features energetic dancing to live drumming, vibrantly costumed performers, a brief history of musical instruments, and call/response songs.); Drum and/or Dance Residency - Introduction to movement, and traditional polyrhythmic music of West African countries like Guinea, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, etc.; Drum/Dance Workshops - Ideal for classroom, family, and other festive group activitie; Drum and dance performances - Traditional and innovative Guinean and diasporic rhythms. Photo by Kirk Marsh Photography.
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $1,600 - $4,600
school performance $700 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico
Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico concerts are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Mayan/pre-Colombian, and South American influence. These dances highlight the beauty, romance and culture of traditional Mexico. The programs "Fiestas de Mexico!" & "Christmas in Mexico" are available in educational and concert type options. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. At the Fiestas de Mexico educational school shows, audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, Spanish, fine arts and music while enjoying the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes and music from different regions of Mexico (Veracruz, Jalisco, Mayans, Chiapas). During these interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and selected students will try out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. School study guides and programs for concerts are available. "Christmas in Mexico” is a compilation of traditional Christmas dances & songs (villancicos), including the traditional Pastorela, the Piñata, the three Wise Men & Feliz Navidad! Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end. Photo by Leopoldo A. Palencia.
Leopoldo "Alex" Palencia
2807 Bissell way
Wylie, TX 75098
public performance/concert $2,800 - $8,500
school performance $900 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Anuradha Naimpally, Bharata Natyam dance soloist, collaborator, and educator, is an experienced performer worldwide. From concert halls to school cafeterias, libraries to universities, Anuradha connects this ancient art of India to modern audiences of all ages through engaging explanations and moving performances. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title of "Sringara Mani" (Artistic Jewel) in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics' Circle numerous times. Anuradha offers a traditional solo concert of original pieces introduced with demonstrative explanations, performed in authentic costumes to recorded music. Concert length and themes may be adjusted to suit the venue and audience. Her Arts in Education presentation is popular in schools, libraries and museums. Moving Myths of India is an engaging, interactive children’s show for all ages, highlighting mythology through storytelling embellished with creative hand symbols, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. Live musical accompaniment is available on request. Anuradha has an MFA in Dance and also offers master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations at the high school and university level. Photo by Sadu Bajekal.
5602 N Scout Island Cir
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $650 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Tapestry Dance Company
Under the direction of international tap dance artist Acia Gray, Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 and exists as the only fulltime, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 550 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and was on the 2007-2009 NEA Masterpieces Touring Roster. The company's vision, presentation/preservation of classic work and the creation of contemporary rhythm and percussive dance, educates audiences about tap's unique heritage and value. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas' cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. Under the direction of Acia Gray, Tapestry presents an exciting and eclectic concert and outreach programs of tap dance, bringing the best of traditional to contemporary tap works (tied together with modern dance, body percussion and contemporary movement) to the stage. Tapestry shares common bonds while defying stereotypes in presenting accessible, unique, and sophisticated works. Tapestry celebrates universal values and always surprises their audiences with fresh dance experiences. When Tapestry performs, the excitement is shared by performers and viewers alike. Photo by Blue Suede Photography.
7325 Gaines Mill Ln.
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
Terrence Taps began studying the art of tap dancing at the age of nineteen. He has accumulated extensive performance experience. He has performed hundreds of solo performances in Texas libraries and schools. He was even called upon to perform for special events such as the Caribbean International Literary Festival in Antigua, the National Association of Energy Distributors Trade Show, & at the Sphatika Corporate Launch Party in the world famous "Rainbow Room" atop 30 Rockefeller Center. Terrence Taps' library performances include "The Amazing Tap Experience," an interactive show that uses basic concepts like opposities, musical dynamics, and phonics to help the audience get inside the mind of a tap dancer. Terrence Taps school performances include "Beat & Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap Dancing," an enjoyable guided tour through the history of tap dancing and "The Tap Movement Workshop" where kids see, learn, and practice actual tap dance steps. Photo by Terrence Bennett.
7711 Oconnor Drive #1009
Round Rock, TX 78681
public performance/concert $300 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300