Free Demo Classes – Fall 2017

Free Demo Classes – Fall 2017

Have you ever wanted to try dancing with your child? Here’s your chance! Try one of our upcoming demo classes for free. These classes are free, but please email to reserve a spot in the class.  Lydia.Hance@framedance.org.

August 19:
Creative Movement: 9:30 – 10:00 AM
Toddler Dance: 10:15 – 10:45 AM
Toddler Dance: 11:00 – 11:30 AM

September 9:
Babywearing Dance: 9:30 – 10:00 AM
Toddler Dance: 10:15 – 10:45 AM
Toddler Dance: 11:00 – 11:30 AM

Location: Our new home for all of our classes is at the River Oaks School of Dancing in the Shepherd Square Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer.

River Oaks School of Dancing
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77098


Creative Movement – Fall 2017

Creative Movement – Fall 2017

Event Phone: 832-781-0808

For parents and their children Ages 2.5 – 3.5.

Weekly Class Time: Saturdays, September 16 – November 18  @ 10:00 – 10:45 PM
Semester Cost: $275 total for parent and child
Teacher: Lydia Hance

Class Description: Parent and child will bond in this fun class that focuses on motor skill development, creativity, musicality, and coordination. Through dance and the use of props, little ones will explore space through movement, and begin to learn to take direction from a teacher (other than a parent). Benefits include:

  • early development of balance
  • early development of rhythm
  • increased attentiveness
  • better listening skills
  • new little friends
  • early learning of the importance of movement and exercise. And good for you for modeling this!

Dress Code: Anything you can move in. We dance barefoot.

Location: Our new home for all of our classes is at the River Oaks School of Dancing in the Shepherd Square Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer.

River Oaks School of Dancing
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77098

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.


MultiGen Framers – Fall 2017

MultiGen Framers – Fall 2017

AGES 6-99 & baby-wearing caretakers

Weekly Class Time: Saturdays, September 16 – November 18  @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Semester Cost: $225 for one participant; $275 for two family members
Teacher: Lydia Hance

Class Description: These students discover dance as a means of self- expression, exploration, and community connection through creative experiences. Based in modern dance technique and improvisation, this class welcomes beginners of all ages and advances students who are looking to rejuvenate their creative practices. Families are encouraged to take this class together. For ages 6-99 and baby-wearing caregivers.

Dress Code: Anything you can move in.  Leggings, sweat pants, t-shirts, and yoga tops are all great options.  We dance barefoot.

Location: Our new home for all of our classes is at the River Oaks School of Dancing in the Shepherd Square Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer.

River Oaks School of Dancing
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77098

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.

 


Toddler Dance Class – Fall 2017

Toddler Dance Class – Fall 2017

Event Phone: 832-781-0808

For parents and their children who are walking through 24 months

Weekly Class Time – THREE OPTIONS:

  • OPTION 1: Mondays, September 11 – November 13  @ 10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • OPTION 2: Thursdays, September 14 – November 16 @ 10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • OPTION 3: Saturdays, September 16 – November 18 @ 9:15 – 10:00 AM

***SELECT YOUR CLASS DATE(S) WHEN YOU REGISTER***

Semester Cost: $275 total for parent and child
Teacher: Ashley Horn (Monday and Thursday classes); Lydia Hance (Saturday class)

Class Description: Parent and child will bond in this fun class that focuses on motor skill development, creativity, musicality, and coordination. Through dance and the use of props, little ones will explore space through movement, and begin to learn to take direction from a teacher (other than a parent). Benefits include:

  • early development of balance
  • early development of rhythm
  • increased attentiveness
  • better listening skills
  • new little friends
  • early learning of the importance of movement and exercise. And good for you for modeling this!

Dress Code: Anything you can move in. We dance barefoot.

Location: Our new home for all of our classes is at the River Oaks School of Dancing in the Shepherd Square Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer.

River Oaks School of Dancing
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77098

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.


Babywearing Dance Class – Fall 2017

Babywearing Dance Class – Fall 2017

Event Phone: 832-781-0808

Babywearing caretakers of babies ages 6 weeks and up.

Weekly Class Time – TWO OPTIONS:

  • OPTION 1: Tuesdays, September 12 – November 14  @ 10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • OPTION 2: Wednesdays, September 13 – November 15 @ 10:00 – 10:45 AM

***SELECT YOUR CLASS DATE(S) WHEN YOU REGISTER***

Semester Cost: $275 total for parent and child
Teacher: Lydia Hance

Class Description: This class welcomes beginners of all ages. With fun music, we use dance as a means of post-partum fitness and meeting new friends in this stage. Having a young baby is a special, challenging phase, and dance is a great way to boost endorphins and bond with your little one. Studies show babywearing, dance, and music do big things for your baby’s development. Some benefits for your little one include:

  • early development of balance
  • early development of rhythm
  • sense of safety
  • soothing from feeling you dance with them — very similar to their experience in the womb
  • less crying
  • increased attentiveness  — because they are up at adult level, they feel involved and activated
  • better listening skills — because they are close to your mouth, they tune into the importance of what you are saying to them
  • new little friends
  • early learning of the importance of movement and exercise. And good for you for modeling this!

Dress Code: Anything you can move in. We dance barefoot. Please wear your baby in a two-strap carrier. Let us know if you have any questions, we would love to help. Wearing your baby facing into your body is best, on the front for little ones and either the front or back for 7+ months. Some babies prefer to look out, but we recommend you start with your baby facing in. For babies of all ages 6 weeks and up (with doctor approval for exercise postpartum). If you can wear him or her, you can dance!

Location:Our new home for all of our classes is at the River Oaks School of Dancing in the Shepherd Square Shopping Center at the corner of Shepherd and Westheimer.

River Oaks School of Dancing
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77098

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.


Frame Dance Soirée 2017

Frame Dance Soirée 2017

Celebrate Summer with Frame Dance! Join us on Wednesday, June 21st from 5:30pm-8pm at The West Studios for our Summer Soirée. Enjoy light bites, mingle with Framers, and participate in our fabulous silent auction. The evening will include a special performance by Frame Dance, footage and photography from METROdances.

Support Frame By Underwriting The Soirée:

  • Silver Underwriters will receive 1 ticket to the event and named recognition on the Frame Dance website and in all event literature.  ($20 tax deductible)
  • Gold Underwriters will receive 2 tickets to the event and named recognition on the Frame Dance website and in all event literature.  Gold underwriters also will be honored at the event.  ($40 tax deductible)
  • Platinum Underwriters will receive 3 tickets to the event and named recognition on the Frame Dance website and in all event literature.  Platinum underwriters also will be honored at the performance.  ($60 tax deductible)

Or donate any amount to Frame Dance by clicking here:  GIVE NOW

Special thanks to our underwriters and corporate sponsors:

Platinum Underwriters

Hewlett-Packard
StoneTurn Group
Brad Benoit
Skip McBride
Ken Wynne
Mark and Tamara Polhemus

Gold Underwriters

Krisa Benskin and Niki Roberts
Jonathon and Lydia Hance

Silver Underwriters

Evan and Annalee McCord
David Wynne

Silent Auction Donors

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
BooTown
Horse Head Theater
Eric Hartely Photography- Studio 538
Recio Designs

In-Kind Sponsors

Karbach Brewing Company
Target
Tiff’s Treats
HEB


Free Demo Classes

Free Demo Classes

Have you ever wanted to try dancing with your child? Here’s your chance! Try one of our upcoming demo classes for free.

Multigenerational Dance Class (ages 6-99)
May 4 @ 10:00-11:00 AM
West University Community Building
6104 Auden, Houston, TX 77005

Babywearing Dance
May 3 @ 10:00-11:00 AM
The Children’s Museum
1500 Binz ST, Houston, TX 77004
NOTE: There will be a baby carrier fitting from 10-10:30 AM and class from 10:30-11:00 AM

Toddler Dance and Babywearing Dance
May 9 & 11 @ 10:30-11:00 AM
The Heights Library
1302 Heights Blvd Houston, TX 77008


Toddler Dance Class – June 2017

Toddler Dance Class – June 2017

Event Phone: 832-781-0808

For parents and their children who are walking through 18 months

Weekly Class Time – TWO OPTIONS:

  • OPTION 1: Wednesdays, June 7-28 @ 10:15 AM-11:00 AM
  • OPTION 2: Thursdays, June 8-29 @ 11:15 AM-12:00 PM

***SELECT YOUR CLASS DATE WHEN YOU REGISTER***

Tuition: $80
Teacher: Ashley Horn

Class Description: Parent and child will bond in this fun class that focuses on motor skill development, creativity, musicality, and coordination. Through dance and the use of props, little ones will explore space through movement, and begin to learn to take direction from a teacher (other than a parent). Benefits include:

  • early development of balance
  • early development of rhythm
  • increased attentiveness
  • better listening skills
  • new little friends
  • early learning of the importance of movement and exercise. And good for you for modeling this!

Dress Code: Anything you can move in. We dance barefoot.

Location: Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
2808 Caroline St., Houston, Texas, 77004

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.


Babywearing Dance Class – June 2017

Babywearing Dance Class – June 2017

Event Phone: 832-781-0808

Babywearing caretakers of babies ages 6 weeks and up.

Weekly Class Time: Tuesdays @ 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: June 6 – June 27
Semester Cost: $80
Teacher: Lydia Hance (Click HERE for an interview with the teacher.)

Class Description: This class welcomes beginners of all ages. With fun music, we use dance as a means of post-partum fitness and meeting new friends in this stage. Having a young baby is a special, challenging phase, and dance is a great way to boost endorphins and bond with your little one. Studies show babywearing, dance, and music do big things for your baby’s development. Some benefits for your little one include:

  • early development of balance
  • early development of rhythm
  • sense of safety
  • soothing from feeling you dance with them — very similar to their experience in the womb
  • less crying
  • increased attentiveness  — because they are up at adult level, they feel involved and activated
  • better listening skills — because they are close to your mouth, they tune into the importance of what you are saying to them
  • new little friends
  • early learning of the importance of movement and exercise. And good for you for modeling this!

Dress Code: Anything you can move in. We dance barefoot. Please wear your baby in a two-strap carrier. Let us know if you have any questions, we would love to help. Wearing your baby facing into your body is best, on the front for little ones and either the front or back for 7+ months. Some babies prefer to look out, but we recommend you start with your baby facing in. For babies of all ages 6 weeks and up (with doctor approval for exercise postpartum). If you can wear him or her, you can dance!

Location: Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
2808 Caroline St., Houston, Texas, 77004

For questions, contact Lydia Hance at 832-781-0808.

 


Metro Dances

Metro Dances

Frame Dance Infiltrates METRO to Make You Rethink Your Commute
Live Performance Comes to Houston’s Red Line

Houston, Texas: Forget gilded curtains and spectator glasses. Bringing dance straight into the path of Houston commuters as they travel to work, home, and around the city, METROdances, choreographed by Lydia Hance and in partnership with METRO, is a vibrant traveling dance and live music performance that provides a front-and-center view for anyone taking the Red Line running from the Houston Medical Center through Downtown.

“Framers,” as the dancers are known throughout the Houston arts community, will be accompanied by traveling trumpets and brass quintet, featuring Omni Brass and original composition by Charles Halka. Lagan Percussion will also perform a brand-new percussion piece as moving trains and transit stops on Houston’s METRORail become a stage in motion for the performers. Spectators are invited to travel along for only the cost of a METRO ticket and passersby become welcome members of a fluctuating audience.

METROdances is meant to shake frames of reference and perception to spark creativity and renew passion in those stuck and ragged from the stresses of life. In Houston, a huge metropolitan area known for its car culture, Hance also sees this non-traditional display of dance as a way of highlighting the city and, in this public performance, an opportunity to get people to learn about the METRO system. Some viewers will ride, perhaps for the very first time, as friendly faces are found nearby to help them navigate the system.

“Dance brings people together, and has the power to spark joy in the mundane,” explains Hance.

The performers will be rehearsing on location throughout the month of April allowing those catching the train a window into the process and occasional drama of a work-in-progress.

If this style of public performance seems risky, that’s because it is. However, Frame Dance, a company known for injecting dance into unexpected places, has bravely interjected their work into the paths of Houston bystanders before. For those for whom the high cost or atmosphere of traditional performance is prohibitive, the performances are often met with gratitude but, for Hance, mixed or even angry response is okay, too.

“Our goal isn’t to make everyone happy, she asserts. “We know the power of dance performance and we are on a mission to get it out.”
Performance Schedule and Tickets:

COLLABORATING ARTISTS:

About Charles Halka: Charles Halka’s music has been performed in North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, including performances by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Mexican National Symphony, counter)induction, Mivos Quartet, Fort Worth Opera Studio, Volti, and Callithumpian Consort, and at such venues as the Kennedy Center, ISCM World Music Days, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. As a Fulbright grantee, he spent a year in Lithuania writing an opera, Julius, which premiered in 2010. He is a recipient of the Copland House Residency Award, and has also been in residence at the MacDowell Colony and at the Sarbievijaus Cultural Center in Lithuania, where he wrote a chamber opera that was performed at Fort Worth Opera’s 2015 Frontiers showcase. Charles earned degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and Rice University, and is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. www.charleshalka.com

About Omni Brass: Omni Brass is an innovative, genre-bending chamber ensemble presenting high energy programs for diverse audiences. We specialize in multi-style arrangements and new works, all packaged in an exciting, artistic, and inviting concert experience. Omni is aalso committed to music education and to creating affirming and empowering experiences for young musicians. Omni artists regularly present master classes and clinics, and also work with students of all ages through our annual summer Omnicamps.

About Lagan Percussion: Lagan Percussion is a group dedicated to new and interesting musical experiences. Ricky Bracamontes, Taylor Davis, James Ferris, and Daniel Strange met as students studying percussion at Baylor University. They play together in the Baylor Percussion Group and are winners of the Semper Pro Musica Chamber Music Competition. All members are active performers and teachers throughout Texas. Lagan is interested in big projects, most recently a production of Steve Reich’s monumental work, Music for 18 Musicians, and John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit.

ABOUT FRAME DANCE:
Frame Dance Productions is a Houston-based contemporary dance company founded by Lydia Hance in 2010 out of a desire to connect dance with technology and to facilitate collaboration among diverse artists. Frame Dance has quickly become a fresh and energetic presence through internationally screened dance films and responsive, intimate performances in exciting and unconventional spaces like art galleries, ferry boats, dance festivals, warehouses, claw foot bathtubs, downtown buildings, and City Hall. The Framers include 8 nationally acclaimed dancers, cutting-edge collaborations with painters, photographers, playwrights, poets, chefs, community members, and emerging and established composers. Frame Dance Productions is committed to working with 100% new music by living composers.

About Lydia Hance: Dubbed Houston’s “queen of curious locations,” Lydia Hance is the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of Frame Dance Productions. She has been named an Emerging Leader by Dance/USA and Arts + Culture Texas has described her as “sharply focused.” Hance has choreographed works on the Galveston pier, the METRO light rail, in the backs of U Haul trucks, downtown tunnels, clawfoot bathtubs and museums, stages, and warehouses. A champion of new music composers, her work deepens interdisciplinary and multigenerational collaborations, and investigates the placement of dance in our lives. Hance is a choreographer, curator, filmmaker, educator, and dance writer originally from the California Bay Area. Her work has been funded by the Puffin Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Dance Source Houston, City of Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, and the Houston Parks Board. She holds degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature from SMU and trained at the Taylor School, Graham School, Tisch School of the Arts, Limon Institute and SMU. Since 2011 she has been a curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival, and has served on the artist boards of DiverseWorks, and Fresh Arts.