Event Phone: (346) 708-1555

Join us as we explore books by creative thinkers with the goals of 1) diving deep into the creative process, and 2) exploring how dance relates to our world.

Next meeting: April 24, 2 PM, at CAHMLab, 888 Westheimer.

This is a free ongoing event, but please let us know you are joining us as dates and times can shift. RSVP to Lydia.Hance@framedance.org

What We’re Reading

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor  by Lynda Barry

“Writing exercises and creativity advice from Barry’s pioneering, life-changing workshop.”

What We’ve Read

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

Making Dance that Matters: Resources for Community Creativity by Anna Halprin

Event Phone: (346) 708-1555

CAMHLAB artists-in-residence Frame Dance create The Family Mantra, a multigenerational performance that explores generational changes in perspective, language, and behavior happening in the Houston community. The dance group will create an interactive environment with marbles, toy tops, pathways on the floor, pipe cleaner dolls to manipulate, and puppets within the space at Montrose Collective. Frame Dance will host Family Dance Parties, structured dance classes for all generations with lots of open-ended movement prompts that build bonds and promote creativity. 

Join us in Play, Party, Practice, and Performance 

PLAY on Sundays 1 – 5pm from April 10 – May 15 (except Easter) 

Motion PlayInstallation During open studio hours visitors have hands-on movement explorations using tops, marbles, pathways, an adult sit-n-spin, and a sky full of pipe cleaner dancers.  

Come PARTY with your family on Saturdays 10-11am from April 9 – May 7 

Family Dance Parties on Saturday mornings, free to the public. Check our schedule here. Open to all ages and generations (babies through great-grandparents!), dance is a joyful way to bond with your family. Create healthy habits and treasured memories at a Family Dance Party! 

Observe our PRACTICE Fridays 12:30-2:45 and Saturdays 11-12:30 from April 1 – May 13 

Rehearsals of our professional dance company and MultiGen Ensemble are open for observation. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at dance in the making! 

Watch the Performance on May 21 & 22 at 2pm 

Play, Parties, and Practice culminate in performances of Lydia Hance’s The Family Mantra on May 21 & 22 at 2pm at CAMHLAB, 888 Montrose. Tickets are free but limited. Experience site-specific “dance for all” in this piece about the inheritance and transformational power of each precious link in the generational chain. 


Event Phone: (346) 708-1555

Have you ever seen dance underwater? Or on a mountain top in Tibet? The 4th annual Frame x Frame Film Fest brings international screen dance/dance film to Houston in a ten-day event highlighting how different cultures create and communicate with dance. The festival will be presented by Frame Dance sponsored in part and presented in partnership with prominient Houston cultural organizations from November 3 – 12 including free screenings, panel discussions with out-of-town filmmakers, and open community movement classes. Evening events will take place from 7 – 9pm and daytime workshops, panels and picnics will happen between 11am and 3pm.

The call for submissions for films is currently open and we invite emerging, established, and student filmmakers to submit their screen dance works.

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.