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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble was formed in 2011 by dancer and choreographer Olivia Chacón and music director Isaí Chacón with the object of presenting flamenco to Texas and regional audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, and Jewish influences. A'lante Flamenco Ensemble has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco productions uniting tradition and innovation. The company's five dancers and six musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group tours three programs. "Prophecies" is a flamenco interpretation of Khalil Gibran's book "The Prophet," re-imagining the book's timeless wisdom for the digital age using video backdrops to complement traditional music and dance. "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale" recounts Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable using flamenco dance, following a girl's obsession with a pair of magic dancing shoes. "Flamencura" transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club, where performers show off their skills with fire and passion. "Flamencura" is a highly adaptable program. Photo: Estrella Chacon.

contact
Olivia Chacon
2013 Cullen Ave., Unit A
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512/850-1115
fax /
e-mail oliviachaconflamenco@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $7000
school performance $600 - $5000
website http://www.alanteflamenco.com

 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. In 2014, DBDT celebrated its 37th season as Dallas’ oldest continuously operating professional dance company. The company consists of 12 professional full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic, and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. Annually, DBDT performs for over 100,000 arts patrons, including children. DBDT will tour a mixed repertory of classic and contemporary modern works by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Elisa Monte, Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Bridget L. Moore, Rennie Harris, and others. Among its repertory is the historical ballet "Nina," depicting the life and music of Nina Simone choreographed by Dianne McIntyre; a hip hop ballet choreographed by Rennie Harris; and "Vespers" by Ulysses Dove. DBDT II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s second company consists of 8 young, volunteer dancers performing for local and regional audiences with a diverse repertory of contemporary modern works. Photo: Steven Ray.

contact
Melissa Young
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX  75313

phone 214/871-2376
fax 214/871-2842
e-mail m.young@dbdt.com
public performance/concert $8000 - $15000
school performance $3000 - $5000
optional service lecture demonstrations $1500 - $3000
optional service master class $250 - $500
website http://www.dbdt.com

 

Dance of Asian America

Dance of Asian America

Dance of Asian America is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance. Their repertoire is continually updated with the most recent award-winning choreography from China. Artists include DAA’s amazing local dancers as well nationally recognized and award-winning guests from China. Professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program from the then-current list of works. Chinese music (CD) and authentic costumes are included with each performance. DAA reaches over 35,000 people annually. DAA promises a program that will be high caliber, entertaining, culturally educational, and professional. Many factors will help determine the program such as the size of the stage, target audience, event purpose, and budget. Educational programs will include hands-on participation and shorter pieces to engage young audiences; large productions will include full-length pieces. Both will explore the 56 ethnic groups of China through high caliber dance.

contact
Janie Yao
9889 Bellaire Blvd. C-335
Houston, TX  77036

phone 832/630-5048
fax 832/202-0176
e-mail janie0201@gmail.com
public performance/concert $650 - $10000
school performance $450 - $5000
website http://www.danceaa.org

 

Great Promise for American Indians

Great Promise for American Indians

***Artists covered by this listing are Aili Bass, Robert Bass, Bear Claw Drum, Bill Bellinghausen, Blassingame Family Dancers, Gabe Bullock and sons, Angela Butler, Butler Family Dancers, Irwin DeLuna, J. Santford Duncan, Eagle Point Singers, Lee Francis, Howard Griffin, Ryan Harjo, William Harjo, Julia Nava, Calvin Osife family, Ursula Pike, Scissortail Drum, Brody Screaming Eagle, Josh and Shannon Smith, and Eugene Thompson.*** Great Promise represents artists from many American Indian cultures. Multiple disciplines include drum groups, native singing, dance, and storytelling. Offerings include lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibits of native arts/crafts. The artists of Great Promise come from all parts of the state. Each artist is knowledgeable about the traditions in their area of expertise and is pleased to share their rich heritage with audiences. Programs are tailored to the needs of the presenter, and can range from one artist to a larger group. Whenever possible, artists living in closest proximity will fulfill performance requests, containing travel expense. Touring offerings include the following: Powwow style drum group with the traditional styles of dance, explained and demonstrated, with audiences included in the dance; storytellers and poets share myths, stories, and more, (ideal for classrooms and libraries); manual and visual arts are demonstrated by traditional and modern artists,with techniques discussed in art classes); histories and traditions are presented in an entertaining and imaginative manner (TEKS aligned). Residencies of one to three days are available.

contact
Lois Duncan
3710 Cedar #10
Austin, TX  78705

phone 512/371-0628
fax 512/451-0651
e-mail ljebo@grandecom.net
public performance/concert $750 - $2500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service student workshops $150 - $300
optional service youth/elder retreat $1000 - $2500
website http://www.austinpowwow.net

 

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

The Guadalupe Dance Company, founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center performing the colorful regional dances from Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. Chosen as one of San Antonio Express-News' "Best of 2013: Dance," the company has worked with international choreographers such as flamenco artists Miguel Vargas and Lidón Patiño, and folklorico dance master Rafael Zamarripa whose stunning choreographies are featured in the company’s productions. The company is available for full-length public performances, school performances, group workshops, and mini-performances for smaller venues. Performances can include live music for additional fees. The Guadalupe Dance Company tours three productions, including: Fiesta Folklorico- 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- through five dazzling suites of dance, original choreography explores the dynamic cultural exchanges between Texas and Mexico through the ages.

contact
Jeannette Chavez
723 S. Brazos Street
San Antonio, TX  78207

phone 210/271-3151
fax 210/271-3480
e-mail jeannettec@guadalupeculturalarts.org
public performance/concert $4000 - $14000
school performance $2500 - $8000
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $5000
optional service lecture-demo $1500 - $5000
website http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

 

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa (meaning "The Root of Africa") is a production and performing arts company founded in 2012 that serves as an authentic African cultural arts theatre that provides activities throughout Houston and the U.S., educating the young and old in schools, colleges, libraries, civic halls, community centers, and festivals with entertaining educational programs. Impande Ye Africa strives to preserve the history and traditions of the continent of Africa, with an emphasis on southern African cultures. Impande presents performances in dance, theatre, music, and storytelling, donned in spectacular authentic costumes and props that represent different tribes of Africa. The Safari Concert consists of Impande’s mixed repertory which highlights southern African traditional and contemporary dances. Drumming Pupils is a program that is designed to help students learn drumming techniques in residency & workshops. Company members can also demonstrate gumboot dance, invented by mine workers in South Africa who incorporated the rubber boots into their body-slapping rhythms as a way of communication. The Ubuhle Bemvelo program uses songs, dances, drumming, and games which are energetic.

contact
Cynthia Hicks
PO Box 771511
Houston, TX  77215

phone 832/273-2183
fax 713/771-0635
e-mail impande@att.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $15000
school performance $850 - $2800
website http://impandetheatreproduction.com

 

Indigenous Cultures Institute

Indigenous Cultures Institute

***Artists covered by this listing are Mark Standing Eagle Baez, Cuicani In Xochitl, Dr. Mario Garza, Grupo Pakal, Michael Heralda, Kathy Lynn & Joe Copeland, Emma Ortega, Aaron Pyle, and Ramon Juan Vasquez, Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli.*** Indigenous Cultures Institute (ICI) offers a variety of Native American performers including storytellers; flute players; powwow dancers; Aztec and Mayan traditional dancers; visual artists who work with indigenous materials, symbols, and concepts for educational experiences; and traditional singers. ICI offers demonstrations and workshops on Native arts and crafts, comedic performers on Native issues, and unique indigenous poetry. ICI artists are amazing, professional, inspiring Native American performers of the highest caliber. Touring artists include individual Native American storytellers, traditional singers, flute players, and visual artists, all of whom can also provide workshops on these topics. Performers dress in traditional Native regalia and describe the significance of their garb. Dance companies representing Aztec and Mayan culture, and powwow dancers are frequently requested by promoters.

contact
Mario Garza
600 Boulder Bluff
San Marcos, TX  78666

phone 512/393-3310
fax 512/393-3310
e-mail ICIinfo@indigenouscultures.org
public performance/concert $100 - $3000
school performance $50 - $500
website http://indigenouscultures.org

 

KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble

KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble

KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving African traditions and culture through quality artistic performances. With a repertoire including traditional and contemporary dances of Guinea, Mali, South Africa, and the Congo, KoumanKe’le’ drummers and dancers make any event unforgettable! Live drumming and authentic costumes enhance each performance, while interactive audience participation adds to the experience. Offering custom entertainment packages, company professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program for each event. Reaching over 45,000 people annually, KoumanKe’le’ promises a program that will be dynamic, culturally educational, and energetic. The Soweto Sunset program highlights traditional songs and dances of South Africa from the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and Shangaan people. From the goat herder’s coaxing song to the young girl’s dance competition, this presentation is full of culture and life.

contact
Christina Gerard
3346 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX  77051

phone 832/859-2156
fax /
e-mail koumankele_dance@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $850 - $6000
school performance $650 - $2300
website http://www.koumankele.com

 

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.

contact
Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855/526-6292
fax /
e-mail dance@lannaya.org
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300
website http://www.lannaya.org/

 

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

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, Afro-Caribbean, and South American influence. This includes Mayan/pre-Columbian dances that highlight the beauty, romance, and culture of traditional México. During interactive and educational school shows, audiences will learn about Mexican holidays and enjoy beautiful traditional dances, costumes, and music from México while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, visual arts and music. Study guides are available. The programs "Fiestas de México!" & “Christmas in México” are now available. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays and enjoy the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes, and music from México (Veracruz, Jalisco, the Mayans, Chiapas). During the interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and even trying out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end.

contact
Alex Palencia
2807 Bissell Way
Wylie, TX  75098

phone 214/364-2629
fax 972/429-1082
e-mail info@mexico2000.net
public performance/concert $2800 - $8500
school performance $900 - $3000
optional service DFW libraries performances $400 - $600
optional service dance workshops $500 - $2000
website http://www.mexico2000.net

 

Anuradha Naimpally

Anuradha Naimpally

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 interesting introductions and moving performances. She is a recipient of 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. She is a popular performer known for her mesmerizing presentations and articulate explanations of this classical form. When touring, she can offer a traditional solo or mother-daughter duet performance: formal full- or partial-length concert of original and traditional pieces introduced with demonstrations and explanations, performed in exquisite costumes to traditional recorded music (may be adjusted to suit venue). The Arts and Culture in Education: Moving Myths of India interactive children’s show is for all ages, highlighting the mythology, storytelling, dance, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. This may be performed in classrooms, assembly halls, or libraries.

contact
Anuradha Naimpally
5602 N. Scout Island Cir.
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/795-8627
fax /
e-mail anu@anudance.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service lecture-demo $750 - $1500
optional service workshop $350 - $500
website http://www.austindanceindia.com

 

Spanish DanzArt Society/Antonio Granjero

Spanish DanzArt Society/Antonio Granjero

Antonio Granjero was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. He began his dance studies when he was ten years old, with the teachers Fernando Belmonte and Paco del Río. A year-and-a-half later, he made his debut in "Centro Cultural de la Villa" in Madrid, and presided over by the Prince and the Princess of Spain. For several years until this company came to be comprised of adults, Granjero performed in theatres in countries such as Israel, Italy, England, Switzerland, France, and Japan. Antonio Granjero presents full-length flamenco productions with original choreography and elaborate costumes and set design. His productions showcase a rich variety of different styles of traditional flamenco song and dance. The performances take form in quartets, trios, duets, and solo interpretations with interludes of musical instrumental themes. Granjero will be accompanied by female dancers, and live flamenco musicians. The number of artists representing the company is flexible, ranging from a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 9 artists. Photo: Morgan Smith.

contact
Stephanie  Ramirez
8503 NW Military Highway, Suite 105-134
San Antonio, TX  78231

phone 210/842-4926
fax /
e-mail Spanishdanzart@gmail.com
public performance/concert $4500 - $7000
school performance $1500 - $3000
website http://www.entreflamenco.com

 

Tapestry Dance Company

Tapestry Dance Company

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: Chris Caselli

contact
Acia Gray
4544 S. Lamar Blvd #250
Austin, TX  78745-1635

phone 512/474-9846; 512-695-6560
fax /
e-mail soulsfeet@me.com
public performance/concert $7000 - $10000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.tapestry.org/

 

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 creates exciting performances and innovative workshops for audiences of all ages. From parade and festival appearances to stage performances, school presentations, and community workshops, URBAN-15 brings a display of movement, color, costume, and sonic experiences that stimulate the imagination. For forty years, the company has blended ethnic dance and drumming traditions with experimental and modern aesthetics. The group has toured throughout the US and Mexico with presentations in parades, fine arts festivals, sports events, theater settings, state fairs and conventions. Their community outreach programs for youth, seniors, at-risk and special-needs audiences are respected in Texas and beyond. URBAN-15 Performance Ensemble is the stage-based presentation group that is available for indoor theater and outdoor amphitheater shows. This ensemble travels with 18 dancers, 12 drummers, and 3 technicians. It offers a full evening spectacle of visual elements, choreography, and sound pieces that blend traditional ethnic dance and musical forms with experimental and modern aesthetics. Programs include a drummers showcase and celebration dances. Photo © 2012 Jeff Prutzman/ArtGives.org.

contact
Cisneros Catherine
2500 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/736-1500
fax /
e-mail urban15@dcci.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service transportion $800 - $2500
optional service lodging $240 - $2400
website http://www.urban15.org

 


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