H-E-B Performance Preludes

H-E-B Performance Preludes

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In conjunction with Society for the Performing Arts’ main stage season presentations, the Education & Community Engagement Department seeks to showcase talented local companies and ensembles, outstanding school programs, and exceptional young artists through its H-E-B Performance Preludes program. 

2016-2017 Performance Preludes

Artist/Company

Presentation

Date

Ad Deum Dance Company

David Parsons Dance

September 23

Sonkiss’d Dance Theater

Smokey Robinson

October 7

Allegro West

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

October 9

Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble

Underwater Bubble Show

October 28

Central Dance Ensemble

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

November 18

Voices of KIPP Sharpstown College Prep

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

November 19

Houston Choral Showcase

An Irish Tenors Christmas

December 7

Ad Deum II

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

January 13

MET too Youth Company

Pilobolus: Shadowland

January 20

Pershing Middle School Dance Company

Odd Squad LIVE!

January 21

Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture

STOMP

February 10

Vitacca Dance Project

STOMP

February 11

Percussion One

STOMP

February 11

City Dance Ensemble

Third Coast Percussion

March 4

Rice Dance Theater

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 24

Atascocita High School Chamber Strings

Annie the Musical

April 8

Langham Creek High School Bailadoras

Annie the Musical

April 8

Uptown Dance Company II

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

April 21

International Music Academy

The 5 Browns

May 12

Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Jessica Lang Dance

May 20

Dance of Asian America

Circus 1903

June 9

Bruce Manners Comedy Juggler

Circus 1903

June 10


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H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring City Dance Ensemble

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring City Dance Ensemble

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Bridge, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
City Dance Ensemble.

The Company has performed extensively in Houston-area venues and abroad, including Spain, France, Switzerland, and Monaco. Ms. Campbell's work with the company led the Houston Press to describe our dance company as “urban, edgy, explosive, and very sexy.” Houston City Dance is a nonprofit educational organization which enjoys the support of grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance as well as private companies, foundations and individual donors.

City Dance's touring company performs their vibrant mix of jazz, hip-hop, and classical styles in theaters and at cultural events locally and internationally. The Company's performers are young adults of diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds, some of whom were at-risk students or high school dropouts from troubled backgrounds. The Company's students are routinely expected to give their time and talent to the community by promoting the art of dance through community service at venues such as schools, retirement and assisted living facilities, hospitals and homeless shelters.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Rice Dance Theater

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Rice Dance Theater

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Friday, March 24, 2017

The Bridge, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by 
Rice Dance Theatre.

Rice Dance Theatre (RDT), a pre-professional dance company for Rice students, is an integral part of the Gibbs Recreation Center. First formed in 1979 by a small group of students with a strong interest in performing and exploring dance as a creative outlet, it has grown to large dance company of 25-30 dancers. While there are many opportunities for students to explore dance on campus, RDT presents a unique opportunity for students to receive training in dance technique, choreography and production while pursuing degrees in various fields. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Heather vonReichbauer the company hosts two annual dance concerts featuring professional and student work. In addition to their regular concert season, RDT has showcased their performance skills at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center's "Four in the Mix" show, and the American College Dance Festival.

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Atascocita High School Chamber Strings

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Atascocita High School Chamber Strings

Performance Preludes
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by Atascocita High School Chamber Strings!

The Atascocita High School Chamber Strings is comprised of the top-performing musicians from the larger 190 member AHS Orchestra program. This ensemble has achieved many notable accomplishments, including earning the Sweepstakes Award at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest since the school's opening in 2006, being selected to perform at the 2012 Midwest Clinic, and earning the Grand Champion Award at the American String Teachers' Association's National Orchestra Festival in 2014 and the Honor Group Award at the 2016 Grand National Adjudicators' Invitational.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Langham Creek High School Bailadoras

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Langham Creek High School Bailadoras

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
the Langham Creek High School Bailadoras.

The Langham Creek Bailadoras are a year long public high school dance program who consistently wins regional, state and national titles with their superb technical performances in the areas of lyrical, jazz, pom, novelty and hip hop.  They begin their season performing for the high school football team under the Friday night lights and for their school pep rallies where the students anxiously await for their hip hop routines.  In the spring the spend months of preparation to prepare for their competition season. The team competes at 5 contests, bringing home National titles on a yearly basis since their inception of 1984.  At the end of the year the girls put on a spring show highlighting their competition dances, as well as to showcase many new routines prepared just for their show. The Bailadoras are under the direction of Mrs. Barbie Parker and assistant director Mrs. Lindsey Brown, and have a very supportive booster club.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Uptown Dance Company II

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Uptown Dance Company II

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Friday, April 21, 2017

The Bridge, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by 
Uptown Dance Company II.

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 and professional dance company based in Houston, TX. Our company presents contemporary, diverse, and innovative choreography created to expand the imagination of dance audiences. Incorporating multiple genres of performance expression into a single professional company, UDC strives to break boundaries and provide a unique place for dancers and choreographers to convey their passion for the art we create.

UDC II is a pre-professional performing group, consisting of students from Levels VI and VII of the Uptown Dance Centre, who perform annually in the Nutcracker Suite, Dance Infusion, Spring Show, and various festivals locally and abroad. These dancers are selected to audition for the company by invitation only. As members of UDC II, these dancers have the privilege to work with renowned choreographers in works created especially for them, as well as have the opportunity to supplement the professional Uptown Dance Company. UDC II has toured nationally to Chicago and New York, as well internationally to countries that include Austria, Mexico, Costa Rica, and China.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring International Music Academy

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring International Music Academy

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Friday, May 12, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by International Music Academy.

The International Music Academy provides expert and comprehensive music instruction to its students, which come from around the greater Houston area including Katy, Clear Lake, Richmond, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, as well as central Houston.  Students have performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the American Embassy in Moscow, Russia, the Albert Hall in London, and gave a concert tour in China in 2015.  They have won numerous competitions both in Houston and throughout America. They are consistently recognized for their artistic playing and exciting performances.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Meyerland Dance Ensemble

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Meyerland Dance Ensemble

Performance Preludes
7:30 PM - 7:50 PM Saturday, May 20, 2017

Grand Foyer, Wortham Center
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
the Meyerland Dance Ensemble.

Meyerland Dance Ensemble is an advanced pre-professional group of young dancers who are pursuing technical and artistic excellence in all forms of dance. Under the direction of Chadwick Peters, these dancers have been performed all over Houston in multiple events and venues such as Wortham Center, Jones Hall, Discovery Green, Hermann Park, and the new Midtown Arts and Theater Center, Houston (MATCH) and participated in prestigious dance programs including SPA Houston, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Houston Ballet, Vitacca Dance workshops and intensives.
H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dance of Asian America

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Dance of Asian America

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Friday, June 9, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
Dance of Asian America.

Dance of Asian America (DAA) is a not-for-profit organization promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance.  In doing so, DAA sustains traditions, builds international ties, educates Houstonians in cross-cultural understanding, and fosters new generations of professional artists.  Dance of Asian America reaches over 50,000 people annually through over 50 large city-wide productions, educational programs and community performances.  

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Bruce Manners, Comedy Juggler

H-E-B Performance Prelude featuring Bruce Manners, Comedy Juggler

Performance Preludes
7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Saturday, June 10, 2017

Piano Level, Jones Hall
Join us in the lobby prior to the show for a free performance by
Bruce Manners, Comedy Juggler.

Bruce Manners has been performing his act, “Comedy & Juggling and Stuff,” for over 25 years, appearing at a wide variety of venues.  From corporate events to county fairs, comedy clubs to backyard pool parties, Bruce has seen it all (and a bit too much of some of it).  With a blend of old school juggling and stand-up comedy, his act is best described as “Stand-up Juggling.”  Bruce was recently invited to perform at the International Jugglers Association Convention in El Paso, Texas where he will be performing with some of the finest artists from around the world.  Bruce is also known as the world’s greatest Canadian-born, expatriate Ohio juggler living in Texas — proving he’ll go to great lengths to be the best. For more information, feel free to visit www.BruceManners.com.
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