ARCOS experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. Integrating overlapping layers of older and newer technologies in ways that question dominant understandings of the world and examine the turbulent processes of traditions in flux, their internationally award-winning, interdisciplinary work is accessible, relevant, and directly engaging to a diverse range of contemporary audiences. Recognized by critics for their 'kaleidoscopic artistry' (Austin American-Statesman) that is 'fierce and weird and wonderful' (Austin Chronicle) and 'thinks squarely outside the box' (Scotsman), ARCOS tours throughout Texas, nationally, and abroad to contemporary art centers, festivals, and academic residencies and symposia. Programs available for touring are a combination of existing repertoire and original commissions tailored to presenters’ specifications and various venue types, including performances suited to a theatrical studio or proscenium setting, site-responsive or immersive pieces in outdoor or alternative spaces, and interactive installations in galleries or libraries. 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 Eliot Gray Fisher.
1207 Southport Drive #106
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $800 - $4,800
workshop fees $150 - $7,500
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.
PO Box 1821
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $3,500 - $35,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $25,000
Bruce Wood Dance
Hailed as Dallas’ 'shining star' by Arts and Culture Texas, Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) is a contemporary dance company that harnesses the power of dance to entertain, enrich, and heal. BWD celebrated 10 years of excellence in the 2019-2020 season. BWD is built on the vision and prolific artistry of acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014). Artistic director Joy Bollinger champions Wood’s legacy and offers programming described as 'emotionally charged and highly kinetic' (ArtandSeek.org). Recent commissions include works by 2018-2019 Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Fellow Bryan Arias, Bessie-nominated Katarzyna Skarpetowska, sought-after artists Yin Yue and Garrett Smith, and resident dancemakers Kimi Nikaidoh and Bollinger. Moreover, the 2020 repertoire features 'Elemental Brubeck' by the legendary New York choreographer Lar Lubovitch. BWD touring programs feature classes for ages seven through adult in ballet, modern, and jazz, and performances that leave a lasting impact. BWD has been recognized as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019. BWD has performed at the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York on the 2020 American Dance Platform; in Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Humble, and Big Spring, Texas; at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series; and at festivals in New York, Ohio, and Washington, DC. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $720 - $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 16 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 Brian Guilliaux.
Richard Freeman, Jr.
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX 75313
public performance/concert $7,000 - $20,000
school performance $3,000 - $8,500
workshop fees $500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,600 - $14,250
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 - $12,000
school performance $900 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, award-winning Austin-based Forklift Danceworks engages diverse communities in the creation of innovative civic dance projects. Drawing inspiration from the movement of work and everyday life, Forklift’s performances highlight the skilled movement and often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains our daily lives. From city sanitation employees to Venetian gondoliers, local baseball players to recycling warehouse workers, Forklift’s partners are cast as the primary performers and have included firefighters, pool maintenance workers, a symphony conductor, electric utility workers, college campus employees, and many others. Forklift artists have garnered local and national attention for outstanding choreography and artistic excellence, with commissions by Fusebox Festival, National Performance Network, the International Community Arts Festival, and the University of Houston. Forklift’s uniquely collaborative process is best toured by commissioning the company to create a site-specific work for the host organization, involving employees or community members and local artists as performers. Allison Orr and Associate Artistic Director Krissie Marty can also set work on professional or student dancers and/or community members for theater-based performances. The company offers school residencies from pre-K to college, professional development for classroom teachers, leadership training workshops, and keynotes. Photo by Jonica Moore.
2023 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $2,000 - $50,000
school performance $500 - $3,500
workshop fees $500 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $3,000
NobleMotion Dance (NMD) exploded onto the Houston dance scene in 2009 and has since received critical acclaim for their 'extraordinary athleticism' and 'cutting edge' programming. NMD seeks to make work that is emotionally daring and honest; inspires discourse and understanding amongst diverse communities; and integrates dance, theater, and technology in unique ways. In recent years, NMD has received over 30 positive local and national reviews for its work and was described as one of Houston’s 'A-list' dance companies in Dance Magazine. NMD tours nationally and has been invited to perform by numerous organizations. NMD strives to create a total theater experience. What makes their broad-ranging repertory unique is that NMD can offer dance performances that integrate technology, light installations, and most recently, artificial intelligence. This submerses the audience into new worlds, allowing them to see dance in fresh and exciting ways. NMD is a company of twelve dancers and holds a repertory of over 35 works ranging from intimate to technical wow. Photo by Lynn Lane.
3400 Main Street, Suite 5
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $5,000 - $20,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $250 - $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $5,000
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 critically acclaimed 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 three 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; 'ENGINuity,' an educational romp through the history and science of engines; and 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,' a humorous and poignant coming-of-age tale featuring ODP's signature athleticism, theatrical antics, aerial silks, and acrobatics. For general audiences, the company offers 'Panopticon,' a retro-futuristic dystopian love story with a set that transforms around the audience throughout the show, and 'All the Devils are Here: A Tempest in the Galapagos,' where Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest' collides with the true story of an unsolved murder in the Galapagos in 1929 in a fantasy-inspired set constructed of recycled plastic bottles designed by Ryan McGettigan. Photo by Lynn Lane.
747 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $1,000 - $15,000
school performance $750 - $5,000
workshop fees $120 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,100 - $7,150
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 full-time, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 580 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and has been named an NEA American Masterpiece artist. 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 as well as its collaborative nature in staying current. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas's cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. 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 Nicola Gell.
7325 Gaines Mill Lane (Registered Office)
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $5,000 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $250 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,500