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The Dance Gallery Festival: Texas Experience

by Michelle Tabnick
August 20, 2014
Sam Houston State University
Performing Arts Center
815 17th Street
Huntsville, TX
VON USSAR danceworks presents the 5th Annual The Dance Gallery Festival: Texas Experience, featuring original works from emerging and renowned choreographers in the Houston area and around the world on October 17 and 18, 2014 at 8pm at Sam Houston State University Performing Arts Center, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX. Tickets are $15 (general admission and are available at www.dancegalleryfestival.com or by phone at 936-294-2339.

For the fifth consecutive year, The Dance Gallery Festival has partnered with Sam Houston State University. The Texas venue of DGF cultivates relationships between students and professionals and provides exposure for participating companies in the Houston area. Nationally recognized critic Nancy Wozny hailed, "the evening's polish, fine dancing and choreographic invention made one memorable night." The Dance Gallery Festival at Sam Houston offers beautiful state-of-the art facilities, a master class series, and paid guest artist residencies in conjunction with the festival's performances. These one to two week residencies include choreographing a new work on Sam Houston's upper-level students to be performed on their fall concert as well as teaching technique and choreography classes. A juried panel comprised of Sam Houston faculty and area artists will select the resident artists. Prior year's recipients include Khaleah London, iMEE, Hope Stone Dance and somebodies dance theater.

Choreographers and companies featured in the Texas festival include:

Abarukas
Adriane Fang and Colleen Thomas
Amy Diane Morrow
Astrid von Ussar
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Erin Cardinal
Jacksonville Dance Theatre
Mike Esperanza
NobleMotion Dance
Revolve Dance Company
Robert J. Priore


For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service," echoes across SHSU's six colleges and beyond its Texas campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

The Dance Gallery Festival is produced and curated by VON USSAR danceworks under the artistic direction of Astrid von Ussar. In 2011, Andy Noble became Associate Artistic Director of The Dance Gallery Festival. Founded to address the scarcity of affordable venues available for presentation of modern dance, the festival showcases the works of both established and emerging choreographers in a state of the art theater.

For more information please visit: www.dancegalleryfestival.com.
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