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.
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.
Lydia Hance is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Frame Dance Productions’ Framing Bodies is funded in part by the Puffin Foundation. Frame Dance Productions is a recipient of a Rice University Dance Program Space Grant.