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.
Lydia Hance is the Founder and Artistic Director of Frame Dance. Named an Emerging Leader by Dance/USA, she has led Frame Dance in performances from the Galveston pier to the METRO light rail, in the backs of U-Haul trucks, downtown tunnels, museums, stages, and warehouses. Her work has been funded by the HAA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Houston Parks Board, among others. Lydia has served on the Artist Boards of DiverseWorks and Fresh Arts, and continues to push dance and interdisciplinary collaborations further, especially pertaining to public performance, widening access to dance. Her series METROdances is in its eighth year of bringing free, public performance to the Houston light rail.
Lydia founded the Frame x Frame Film Fest in 2018, now a three-day festival in partnership with Houston Ballet and attracts filmmakers from all over the globe. She holds degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature from SMU and trained at the Taylor School, Graham School, Tisch School of the Arts, and Limon Institute.
Kerri Lyons Neimeyer
Associate Director of Education
Kerri Lyons Neimeyer is an educator and artist living in Houston. TX. Her degree is in Cultural Anthropology with a research focus on multicultural education. She has worked in educational settings from preschool to high school, public universities to private children’s museums, and considers it a privilege to spend time with developing minds and fresh ideas. In Houston, she has been an MFAH docent since 2013 and a Glassell student since 2015. An enthusiastic novice dancer, Kerri has taken classes at HopeStone, Met Dance Center, Hunter Dance Center, and Frame Dance Productions, performing in Frame Dance's 2015 production, Framed in Five.
Instructor and Company Artist
Rachael Hutto hails from Flower Mound, TX, and she wishes to inspire the next generation of creative minds by virtue of art education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance. Continuing her training in Rome, Italy with international choreographers Enzo Celli and Elisabetta Minutoli, directors of VIVOBallet. Rachael received scholarships in the summer of 2013 to attend Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy, where she studied with Christiano Fabbri (Italy), Aya Israeli (Gaga) and Bruce Michelson (Kylian) to name a few. She had five successful seasons with NobleMotion Dance. Rachael is grateful to be a current company member of Hope Stone Dance and Frame Dance Productions. She has performed with organizations and individual artists such as Erin Reck, David Justin, Houston Grand Opera in 2017 production of La Traviata, Houston MET dance Company, Spencer Gavin Hering and Andrea Dawn Shelley, as well as international choreographer Astrid von Ussar. Rachael has had the honor of performing at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, NY, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Plaza de San Miguel in Lucca, Italy, and Teatro Golden in Rome, Italy. Rachael teaches many different technical levels and ages for organizations such as The Hope Project and Academy of City Ballet of Houston.
Instructor and Collaborator
Ashley Horn is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, costume designer, and artist from the Houston area. She is Frame Dance’s costume designer, set collaborator, and a founding dancer. She is also a teacher in the early childhood dance classes at Frame Dance.
Jennifer Mabus is a dance artist and educator, originally from and currently working in Texas. As a dancer, she has worked professionally with many wonderful choreographers in New York and Texas, most notably with Robert Battle (founding member of Battleworks Dance), Takehiro Ueyama, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Bruce Wood Dance, and Noble Motion Dance. She has been fortunate to teach at just about every level of dance, from children in educational outreach programs and arts magnet high schools to university dance programs and professional companies. She currently creates dances and performance art as an independent choreographer and as a core collaborator with the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
Jamie Williams attained her BFA in Dance from SHSU graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2008, and her MFA in Dance from SHSU in 2011. She is a certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Educator, and a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. She is a founding member of Aimed Dance, formerly Rederrus Feil dance Company, and a project company member of Frame Dance. Jamie currently serves as a dance professor and the Dance Program Coordinator at San Jacinto College. She loves sharing herself with others through performance, teaching, and creating.
Jacquelyne is Houston based professional dancer, choreographer, and educator interested in collaboration and experimentation.
A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated as the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, Graduate of the Year. She is currently a company member of Erick Hawkins Dance, Frame Dance, and Hopestone Dance. Boe has also worked with organizations and individual artist such as Erin Reck, Houston Grand Opera, Open Dance Project, Noble Motion Dance, Sean Curran, Teresa Chapman, and Rob Ashford.
Boe is a critically acclaimed dance maker that has been creating original works since 2014. She was named Houston Press’ 100 Creatives and was a recipient of Dance Source Houston's Artist in Residence Program. Boe is a founding member of a choreographers collective; Perspective Exchange that brings cross country choreographers together for an annual live performance. Her choreography has been seen at The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Performing Arts Complex, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Flatland Gallery, SUGA Art Gallery, and MATCH Houston. She has recently received the honor of being a participant in the 2019-2020 Lawndale Studio Artist Program.
Lori Yuill is a choreographer, educator, and an arts administrator. She holds a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a 2014-2015 Artist in Residence at Dance Source Houston and received an Artist Project Grant from Houston Art Alliance to make “The Story of a Space”, a site specific piece set in Tranquility Park. Her collaboration “You’re not here” with Anneke Hansen was named Best in Show at the 2016 Houston Fringe Festival. Lori currently teaches Dance Composition and Dance Appreciation at Houston Community College and facilitates Fieldwork, a peer to peer feedback session for artists. Additionally she is a facilitator for Artist Inc., a program that helps artists develop their business practices. Lori loves teaching children and is thrilled to join the Frame Dance Faculty.
Victoria is a dancer and educator originally from southeast Georgia. Victoria is a Houston newcomer, and previously danced with with Chicago's Ballet 5:8, as a trainee. She looks forward to continuing her artistic journey and presently works with Ad Deum II. Victoria has trained all over the world including Prague, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Hartford, Briarwood Ballet and South Mississippi Ballet Theatre. As an educator, she has assisted with and taught, a variety of classes and ages for many years. Victoria is a first time instructor with Frame Dance and is looking forward to beginning a teaching position in Houston.