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 discussions of history and cultural influences of flamenco. Photo by Estrella Chacon.
8910 Research Blvd. Unit D3
Austin, TX 78709
public performance/concert $750 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $5,000
workshop fees $400 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $5,000
Great Promise for American Indians
Since 2004, Great Promise for American Indians has performed across the state of Texas with the mission of preserving the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians. Their culturally authentic programs 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 a relevant and disciplined form of artistic and cultural expression. Dance styles and regalia are explained and demonstrated. Narration, live singing and drumming, and audience participation enhances the overall experience. Programs Director and individual artist Nan Blassingame (Cheyenne/Arapaho), an accomplished dancer and craftsperson, is also available for craft and dance workshops. Nan offers educational programs that 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 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for arts, music, and social studies. Photo by Great Promise for American Indians.
3710 Cedar St., Box 19
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
workshop fees $300 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Guadalupe Dance Company
The Guadalupe Dance Company (GDC), founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, where it regularly presents the regional dances of Mexico and the Flamenco rhythms of Spain. Committed to maintaining its rich cultural traditions and artistic excellence, the GDC commissions international choreographers for the creation of new works. The GDC is available for public performances, school lecture-demonstrations, and group workshops. Performances can include live music by Mariachi Azteca de America, the resident mariachi of the Guadalupe, as well as various flamenco musicians. The GDC offers three production variations: Celebrando Tradiciones features traditional folklorico dances of the many colorful and vibrant regions of Mexico with dancers deeply immersed in the art form; Alma Flamenco is a soulful journey to the dance and music of Spain featuring sophisticated rhythms and choreography; Rio Bravo is a unique and original dance production offered exclusively by GDC: five dance suites explore the cultural exchanges between south Texas and Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present day. Suites include Texas-based indigenous pieces, Mexican folklorico dance, European-influenced dances, and modern-day Tejano and cumbia dance and music. Rio Bravo is a perfect program for Hispanic Heritage Month or Texas history presentations. Photo by Edward Benavides.
723 S. Brazos St
San Antonio, TX 78207
public performance/concert $3,500 - $9,500
school performance $1,500 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $5,000
Kathak Rhythms, under the direction of Guru Akhila Rao, is a Kathak dance school and performing company based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that uses the classical Indian dance form as a method for artistic and cultural engagement and discovery. Traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers, Kathak gained refinement and complexity in technique and aesthetics over two millennia. Kathak Rhythms' presentations range from traditional to modern themes while maintaining the purity of the dance form. The company offers solo concerts, mini-performances, and full-length dance-theater productions set to live music accompaniment or recorded music tailored to fit a wide range of audiences, budgets, and time limits. Lecture-demonstration-workshops introduce participants to basic body movements, traditional gestures for storytelling, and musical mathematics. Repertoire productions include Meet Me on the Meadow (90-minute musical amalgamation of dance-music-art-multimedia, commissioned by Renu Foundation), Destination India (highlighting regional influences on Kathak), Ashtanayika (8 stories of heroines), Kathak through the Ages, and NrityaArpan (showcasing the three core tenets of all Indian classical dances, Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (expression) and Natya (drama). With unique presentations, educative themes, and social messaging, the dance company is sure to capture the hearts of Texas audiences. Photo by Ram Kalpat.
4020 Hedgcoxe Rd Ste #150
Plano, TX 75024
public performance/concert $500 - $12,000
school performance $250 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
Lannaya Drum & Dance
Intricate dance moves, thunderous live West African drumming, and vibrantly costumed performers transport audiences on a journey through Guinean rhythms and social dances! Lannaya is a nonprofit formed in 2000 and dedicated to exposing and educating audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum and dance of the African diaspora. They’re 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 they seek to convey through a variety of programming tailored per presenter, suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities, including Rhythm & Movement of West Africa. The interactive school show for grades K-12 complements STAAR and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements by introducing music and dance vocabulary, authentic instruments, math, history, geography, & culture. Includes study guide, energetic dancing to live drumming, costumed performers, a brief history of dances and musical instruments, call/response songs. Drum and/or Dance Residency: multi-day or week, drum and/or dance intensive. Dances and traditional polyrhythmic music of west African countries like Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, etc. Drum/Dance Workshops: instructional workshops ideal for the classroom, family, and other festive group activities. Drum and dance performances: traditional and innovative African diasporic rhythms. Photo by Kirk Marsh Photography.
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX 78704
phone 855-526-6292 Ext. 2
public performance/concert $1,600 - $5,000
school performance $700 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $4,000
Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico
Founded in 1999, México 2000 is a professional dance ensemble. Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Dance performances are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Mayan/pre-Columbian, and South American influences. These dances highlight the beauty, romance, and culture of traditional México. The programs 'Fiestas de México!,' 'Día de Muertos' & 'Christmas in México' are available in an educational and concert-type option. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. At Fiestas de México educational school shows, audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays while connecting to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Spanish language arts, social studies, fine arts, and music while enjoying the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes and music from different regions of México. 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. School study guides and concert programs are available. 'Christmas in México' is a compilation of traditional Christmas dances & songs (villancicos) including the traditional Pastorela, the Piñata, the three Wise Men & Felíz 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 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
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 'Artistic Jewel' in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics' Circle numerous times. Anuradha offers a traditional formal solo concert introduced with demonstrative explanations, performed in authentic costumes to recorded music that can be modified for intimate spaces. Sacred Earth Stories, an ensemble production with multimedia, connects ancient earth mythologies to current climate issues and is suited for theater spaces. 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
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Tejas Dance will leave you in a trance-like state from the combination of untethered stomps, intricate expressions, and enchanting stories. Dance partners Bhuvana Venkatraman & Chintan Patel find innovative new ways of sharing the classical Indian technique of Bharatanatyam with contemporary audiences. Through lively spatial patterns and precarious holds, the dancers hold lengthy stillness in stressful bends before erupting into elongated strides, pulling the duet into every corner of the stage. Through a dramatic collection of narratives, mudras, and athletic movements, Tejas Dance uses a dance form closely tied to storytelling to provide a visually stunning tribute to Indian culture, community, and humanity. Tejas Dance is sure to take the audience members on a journey into India’s past and present through poetry and musically charged movements. Tejas Dance offers several evening-length productions as well as customized programs to suit various events, venues, and audiences. They also offer master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations on storytelling through Bharatanatyam. Photo by Kim Leeson.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $500 - $8,000
school performance $300 - $2,500
workshop fees $300 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000