A Thought-Leader In Family & Children’s Dance Classes | Houston, TX
Frame Dance is a thought leader in dance education, inspiring the next generation of movers, makers, and world changers by offering dance classes for adults & children, multi-generational ensembles, professional performances, networking events, and film festivals. We are nestled between West U and the Museum District.
We believe in developing the whole dancer, teaching critical life skills such as creative thinking, leadership, collaboration, and resilience through our artful and playful dance curriculum at our studio and in partner schools.
Our adult modern dance classes are designed to offer you the joy and magic that’s possible when you create space in your life to move, to grow, and to share in the creative process with a like-hearted community.
For more than ten years, Frame Dance has brought radically inclusive and deeply personal contemporary dance to Houston. Led by Founder and Creative Director Lydia Hance, whom Dance Magazine calls “the city’s reigning guru of dance in public places,” the professional company is made up of six acclaimed co-creators committed to collaboration. Frame Dance has created over 50 unique site-specific performances and nine dances for the camera screened in festivals all over the United States and Europe. With an unrelenting drive to make dance in relationship to environment, Frame Dance has created dance works for and with METRO, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston Parks Board, Plant It Forward Farms, CORE Dance, Rice University, Houston Ballet, 14 Pews, Aurora Picture Show, and the Contemporary Arts Museum. Frame Dance’s productions were described by Arts + Culture Texas Editor-in-Chief Nancy Wozny as “some of the most compelling and entertaining work in Houston.” Creative Director Lydia Hance is a champion of living composers and is dedicated to work exclusively with new music.
For a short time we are putting up Crease and There’s a Height Limit on youtube. We usually post on videos our own website, but for a special surprise at Boheme on Thursday, we needed them on youtube. What’s at Boheme? Well, come anytime between 5pm and 10 pm and everything you drink helps our fundraising. What’s not to love? Enjoy!
We are ready to get back into our fabulous clothes from American Flora for our show tonight at the Photobooth. Sleek, soft, eco-friendly on the top, and wacky doodle shoes on the bottom. I, for one, am wearing flippers. Oh, excuse me, apparently they are actually called fins. eh. We have a lot of fun in store for you: Frankie Avalon, hula girls, a crazy doll, and my dance debut in fins. This is officially the zaniest Frame show yet.
We are so stoked about our fabulous clothes for the Photobooth series (happening again this Friday at 8pm!) that are sponsored by American Flora. They are an amazing eco-friendly dance and yoga wear company that is now expanding into even more exciting products. We at Frame Central feel super special, because these products aren’t even up for the public to see yet. However, if you are interested, contact email@example.com to get your American Flora before they sell out.
Since our launch in June 2011, The Tote Bag has been flying off the shelves!
Originally designed with dancers and yogis in mind, the Tote has taken on a personality and purpose, ranging from beach bag to farmers market tote and everything in between. It’s traveled all over the world!
Our continued enthusiasm to design fun and useful bags has brought us to another place. We’re now offering a Mini Tote, perfect to use as a purse to carry your cell phone, sunglasses and wallet. We’ll be showing the black Mini Tote with black strapping and some surprise colors.
The Cosmetic Bag offers the latest in style and function. An oversized zipper allows the bag to open with ease. Our signature grommet continues to be a show stopper!
All three bags are made from re-purposed billboard tarps, with a black exterior and a unique graphic interior.
Lastly, our excitement turns to our new bath and body product. American Flora’s Coconut & Sugar is a body scrub made with only organic ingredients. We’ve kept it simple. It’s irresistible virgin coconut oil keeps people asking. “Can I eat this?”
Denise Wilborn, cast member of LOVE ME, reflects on seeing the film the first time:
Step. Step. The first time I saw our film, I did not know what to expect.
My sister was there. Friends from work were there that night. What would
they think? Would they see me somehow differently? Was this endeavor,
digging up my experiences of love, too personal and too tender to share with
the world? I was pretty much on pins and needles during my first viewing.
What words did Lydia select from my reflections? Which of my movements or
phrases of choreography did she keep? What of me was pruned and left on the
“cutting room” floor? As I relaxed, I saw not the isolated pieces of 13
dancers’ movements and words, but rather the whole we created together as we
quickly transformed through trust into a dynamic creative community. My
words blended with Loueva’s words and Donna’s words and Neil’s words.
Alex’s stretch complimented Norola’s reach complimented my bend. A story
mosaic unfolded as the myriad of dance expressions and word utterances
became, not my story, but rather, our story. I was not alone on the big
screen. We were up there together.
Turn. Lift. The second night my husband of 29 years was in the audience.
He supported me in so many ways in my previous dance life. He seldom saw me
from a comfortable seat in the audience because he was back stage cuing
lights, pulling curtains, and dodging dancers. Never had we sat
side-by-side at any of my dance concerts. Tonight was different. How
intimate. How close. This night I watched ‘Love Me’ with different eyes as
I saw nuances I missed the night before, of word, dance, and story. I
listened more closely to my friends’ reflections, my friends hearts. I
heard the sadness, disappointment, challenge, and joy love brings each day
to our lives. I also closely watched my husband. What was he thinking?
What was he wondering? Did he know he is the reason I could, can, risk
words and steps each and every day? From the screen came my words, “You are
firecracker red, intense, sparkling, bright against the dark, fiercely
faithful, brilliant, alive.” Did he hear my words and know they are his?
Recover. The third time I watched ‘Love Me’ I was excited, relaxed,
comforted, and knowing. Or so I thought. Another friend joined me, unable
to be there for the previous screenings. One of the 13 dancers was seeing
our film for the first time. As I experienced their initial reactions, I
realized how unique each of us is as dancer, artist, person. We all bring a
personal collage of expectations, perceptions, beliefs, emotions, and
experiences into the theater. While we all viewed the same film, each of us
answered back according to ourselves. We all try to make sense of life, and
love, in many different ways. Everything old is new again.
Repeat. I will be there again. Same film. Same words. Same dance. Same
dancers. Different space. Different audience. I wonder what I will come
away with this time? I wonder whose words will touch me? I wonder who in
the audience will be encouraged, challenged, to trust, dance, write, create,
and love? I wonder…
We have a LOT of Frame coming at you this week. Reminder, the audience member who attends and documents attendance at the most Frame events in February will receive a trophy and the title of Fanatic Frame Fan.
A lot of the process of making LOVE ME was difficult. Difficult for non-dancers to dance, difficult for us to process difficult parts of our selves, difficult to work in a new group of people/strangers, difficult to be honest with ourselves, difficult to let go of control and let the process happen. But I know that that is why the end result is so honest and real. We fought ourselves. And we won by making something beautiful out of the rough parts of ourselves. Here’s what Norola Morgan wrote about the second rehearsal:
After the ease of the first rehearsal, this one seemed more difficult somehow. I didn’t feel as relaxed or at ease. I didn’t flow. I felt awkward, edgy, off balance, confused. The music was extra loud, and I had a hard time hearing Lydia’s directions. I wondered: is the music being so loud purposeful, to add an extra element of difficulty to the communication? Also, the writing prompt “I knew I stopped loving you….” prompted some anxiety. Seriously? Who wants to explore something like that? What if it ends up in the film, and people see, that person sees? Well, I agreed to be open for this project…so, I dribbed and drabbed some thoughts onto the page in fits and starts. Ow, hurtful. Ow. Sigh. Well. Ow. But, true. Can’t leave this journal laying around the house.
Then, another prompt: if it wasn’t so scary, I would tell……….and no stopping writing this time! Oh, Lydia noticed the writing fits and starts the first time. Well, easier to write this time. Fearlessness is my friend. So easy to write, harder to say.
Then, 6 gestures from 6 words pared down from 12 words from our writings. Man, am I slow. These six will part of the larger whole. Hmmmm.
Brought to You by Frame Dance Productions, written by Kelli Meyer
When my friend Lydia told me about her new project Framing Bodies, I was psyched! The project involves a group of people, dancers and not dancers, sharing stories of love, loss, and loneliness. It involves writing, and movement. Two art forms combined. It was really exciting to hear about so when she sent out emails inviting all to join, I jumped on the chance.
Those who know me well, know I love the idea of writing, but when comes to the “sit-down-and-do-it,” well, I kind of fall short there. But so far I believe one of my expectations of this project is coming true: I’m actually sitting down and writing!
The First Rehearsal
So I must admit I was really nervous on my way to the first night of rehearsals. There were so many things to worry about: will traffic let me get there on time, will I get lost, will I look stupid? As it turned out I wasn’t the only one walking in a little late and Lydia hadn’t started without us. I did stumble through the short interview. Even though she only asked us what we did for a living, what our reactions to the project were, and expectations, it seemed like I couldn’t find coherent words to express myself. Yay for editing! Right? When we started warming up, Lydia surprised me by having the curtains closed, covering all the mirrors. My initial reaction was, “Wait! I won’t be able to see if I’m doing this right!” but my second reaction was sort of a humorous feeling of relief. “I won’t be able to see myself, and therefore how stupid I think I look.” So anxieties were destroyed. Though, I still felt awkward moving around being as I haven’t been to a dance class in about ten years. But I started to get used to it as the rehearsal went on, and it was really fun, and inspiring.
I think about half of the room was professional dancers who knew each other, but everyone was very open, especially for a first session. I really enjoyed the exercise we did with movement and words. Lydia had us move as if a part of your body was pulling you (like your hand, or knee or head). Someone said a word, like “Love” and we would all move, then someone else could say another word such as “Comfort” and we would stop moving until someone else said another word.
Besides movement, we each had a notebook. Inside the notebook was a writing prompt. We were given a few minutes to write on the prompt before warming up. My prompt was “I felt love when…” I thought of the first time my husband kissed me. It felt great to write in those few minutes. Later, we were split into small groups. Each person shared what they wrote with their group and the rest of the group wrote what they felt were key words to their stories. Then we all shared our notes with our group. It was so interesting and really amazing to see what people get out of other people’s stories, even simple words. In our group Denise used colors as vivid personifications. Instead of writing words from the stories, Cassie chose to use words and phrases that came to mind from hearing the stories. From the stories Lydia had us pick certain words or a phrase and start to create movement to go with that phrase. I tried to find a rhythm in my phrase before moving. That helped me a lot. Although I still think my movement imagination is a bit limited. The exciting thing is how that will change in the next month. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to next Wednesday.
We welcome Rosie Trump as Guest Curator for Links We Like Fridays. Rosie Trump is on the Board of Directors for Frame Dance as well as a dance choreographer, filmmaker, performer, educator and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media. Trump’s work stems from an interest in representations of femininity, domesticity, identity and intimacy. Her films have been presented by Dance Camera West, Dance New Amsterdam, Motion Captured and Anatomy Riot. She is the founder and curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival. www.rosietrump.org
Here are her picks:
I am very happy to be a guest poster for one of my favorite Frame Dance’s blog features!