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.
“All choreographers think of the impact music will have on the movement they create,” stated in an article from The Kennedy Center. Music can make us feel specific emotions or recall certain memories. It’s a powerful tool for dance; the absence of music can be equally strong. Music creates atmosphere, dictates the flow and development of a dance, indicates struggle, and provides fodder for visualization. At Frame Dance we prioritize music and work with composers to collaborate with all new music. This article outlines how choreographers Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, Robert Battle, and Larry Keigwin used music within their pieces. Check it out!
About Frame Dance’s next performance: Bayou Greenway Day on April 4
We hope you will join us at an exciting new community event from the Houston Parks Board: Bayou Greenway Day 2015 presented by Noble Energy! This free, day-long event will offer families the chance to walk, bike, run, stroll, play and paddle between park sites along Brays Bayou Greenway in the East End.
Event “hubs” in Mason Park, Spurlock Park, Gragg Park and Fonde Park – and the Brays Bayou Greenway trail in-between – will host fun activities for all ages. You will be able to start at any of these locations, enjoying activities and exploring the trails that connect the parks.
Activities will include 5K fun run/walk; bike rides, rentals and decorating; Zumba classes and dance performances; an interactive campsite; kayaking (for a small fee); giveaways and more!
Frame Dance will perform a work that travels along the bayou with elaborate time-lapse costumes by Ashley Horn.
Come experience the transformation happening along Houston’s bayous as part of Bayou Greenways 2020! Visit www.bayougreenwayday.org for additional information and an event map. Most activities free; April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Framers perform at noon starting at Mason Park.
Bayou Greenway Day 2015 is a project of the Houston Parks Board in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the office of Council Member Robert Gallegos.
After a fantastic performance in Austin, we’re packing up our costumes and heading to College Station to perform in the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival. We’re excited to be in a festival environment to see the other dance performances and meet new artists. We’ve been resetting “Divide by Five” on three new dancers, and our veteran Dance Captain Jackie. (Please know my terminology is used with the largest sense of sarcasm you can handle.) May I say, it is looking gooood.
This music is composed by Robert McClure and was the 2013 winner of our annual Frame Dance Composition Competition.
Get your tickets now and hit the road with us. Houston, see Aggies in their natural habitats.
Here’s Divide by Five with Luke Hubley, gyil when we performed it in Ecouter, June 2013:
P: I think that dance will continue to change, shrink, and grow as it has done in the past. I feel that Dance reflects, many times, how our economy is doing. The better people are doing financially, the more chances we see children being put into dance classes and movement classes. So on a home level, I think we will see an influx of kids taking formal dance classes. Sadly, we will see the opposite in public schools. Each year, more and more emphasis is placed on high stakes testing and less on developing the “whole child.” Schools find themselves cornered and having to make cuts and losing artist teachers in the schools because the budget cannot support them. I think families will have to make the extra effort to seek opportunities to expose their children to the arts. As for dance itself, the smaller our world becomes through technology, the more we will see other cultures and styles influencing all types of dance. I think that is really exciting! It is so interesting to watch contemporary pieces and recognize elements of hip hop, folklore, and even language incorporation. Continue reading →
Thank you to all who came to our Dinner / Dance 19 event last Monday. It was SO much fun.
Thank you to the chefs, David Leftwich (Sugar & Rice); Adam Dorris (Revival Market) and Richard Knight (Down House). The talent in that kitchen was explosive. I encourage you (yes, REALLY) to go to their restaurants and to get a subscription to Sugar & Rice magazine. I have one and it is like Christmas morning when each edition arrives. Beautiful photography and fantastic articles. #framehubby and I have been to Down House twice in the past week (one of our favorites– and one of the best place to get cocktails in Houston). Revival Market is another one of our favorites: either to purchase the BEST meat (bacon, anyone?) if we’re cooking for someone or for a beautiful breakfast/lunch/brunch with fabulous coffee, butcher shop and grocery market. And we would be amiss to neglect the super cool Good Dog Houston, where we held the event. Another local business that we’re nuts over. Try the Sloppy Slaw Dog. Trust.
Yet another reminder of the very cool and creative people in Houston. The secret is getting out, and traffic is increasing.
Nancy Wozny was in attendance to review Dinner/Dance 19, and here it is. Blushing over this part: “I do know that Hance and her “framers” are doing some of the most compelling and entertaining work in Houston.”