Frame Dance empowers Houstonians to communicate, inspire, and connect to the world and others through movement, community and artistic collaboration, and technology.
Frame Dance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Houstonians, and welcomes "new" dancers through participatory dance experiences: workshops, classes, performance, collaborations...involvement opportunities are endless. Join the #FramerNation.
-We understand that the study of dance creates compassionate, problem-solving, disciplined, curious, confident, creative members of our society, no matter which careers they choose.
-We are dedicated to the development of the whole person.
-We prioritize intellectual, artistic, and physical creativity through the discipline of dance.
-We encourage strong, healthy body image and self-confidence.
-We value using dance as a way to connect to others, build teams and communities. Dance helps us build interpersonal skills.
-We offer performance opportunities and working with the professional company members.
-We believe in fun.
-We offer opportunities for all ages to be creative together, because we believe in connecting the generations, and dance has no age limit.
Little Framers, MultiGen Framers, Adult Workshops Children’s Classes offer a cohesive education of modern dance technique, rehearsal, and performance. Little Framers will learn how to work technically in a studio, cooperate, and collaborate in a rehearsal like professional dancers do.
In Adult classes (Multi Gen, Workshops) students discover dance as a means of self-expression, exploration, and community connection through creative experiences. Based in modern dance technique and improvisation, these classes welcome beginners of all ages and advanced students who are looking to rejuvenate their creative practices.
Frame Dance Films (also called Dance-for-Camera) – In its series of films produced annually, Frame Dance creates new experiences for audiences using technology to record and edit dance performance into dynamic video narratives that document stories that would otherwise remain unheard. Frame Dance has produced nine films since 2010 each from 3 to 40 minutes in length, including There’s a Height Limit, Satin Stich, Crease, Framing Bodies: Love Me & Shamed. Frame Dance videos are powerful because they:
offer audiences the familiarity of a screen in which to view something new and unfamiliar-contemporary dance can be
allow audiences to engage with dancers and the story outside the limitations of a live, real-time performance;
mingle and participate in the visual arts world; and
reach additional audiences members and artists via the films’ internet distribution
Built around collaborations with local artists of different genres, these performances expose dance and the artistic process to audiences. They relate the process of making dance to audiences, and develop scenarios where the audience’s presence impacts the work. Since May 2010, Frame Dance has presented over 40 live performances in the Houston area, all original works by Frame Dance with guest collaborators who are artists from different genres — painter, photographer, filmmaker, poet, playwright, composer, chef and musician. Unique venues are the hallmark of Frame Dance performances including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Jones Plaza, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Pennzoil Place, Photobooth on Montrose, Port Boliver Ferry, the METRORail, the inside of U-Haul trucks, art galleries, City Hall, and even a claw foot bathtub. Each performance features original musical compositions by emerging composers such as Charles Halka and Robert McClure, a rare find for contemporary dance companies in Houston. Notable performances include To the Brim for the ERJCC’s Dance Month, Quiver named a top ten dance work by CultureMap, and Dinner/Dance 19, an interactive dinner in collaboration with chefs David Leftwich, Adam Dorris, and Richard Knight.