Enjoy dance? Houston has many opportunities for world-class, innovative and highly entertaining performances. We would love to tell you about the wonderful qualities of our professional dance companies. We can show you the Wortham Theatre, where the Houston Ballet performs, Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center, DiverseWorks Art Space, Freneticore Theater, and Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex. In Houston, dance troupes abound, and high-quality entertainment is offered most weekends. We’ll tell you what we know and join you for a performance.
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
If you love contemporary ballet, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater offers a great adventure. Walsh,a choreographer and previously a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet, takes the discipline of classical ballet into new realms of theatricality, muscular fluidity, sensuality, and intimacy. Since he founded the company in 2002, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater has been racking up accolades and honors around the world with stellar dancers and daring choreography by Walsh and others. Learn more from our Dominic Walsh Greeter and maybe even observe a class or a rehearsal.
Houston International Folk Dancers (HIFD) is a recreational dance group founded in 1947. The group gathers weekly to enjoy and preserve music and ethnic dances from more than 30 countries around the world. Visitors are always welcome and you are a guest for your first Friday. The Jewish Community Center hosts Israeli dancing on Thursdays. Scottish Country Dancing And More welcomes visitors on Wednesdays. Contra dancing with the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society (HATDS) can be enjoyed the second and fourth Saturdays of most months. English Country Dances (direct ancestor of Contra Dance) are held the second Thursday of the month. Also, Scandinavian, Irish, Dutch, German, Turkish, Greek, South African, Indian, Chinese, and other ethnic groups practice and perform in Houston. A Houston Greeter will explain the possibilities and will accompany you to introduce you to Houston’s diverse international dance communities.
According to Roger Wood in his book TEXAS ZYDECO (2006), ” it was in Houston… that black Creole immigrants and their descendants first prominently fused the old French Louisiana folk music known as la-la with urban blues to create the new sound that came to be known, spelled, and recorded as ‘zydeco’. … This music has one priority far more compelling than linguistics or lyrics: it makes you want to dance”. A Houston Greeter who has been part of the zydeco ‘family’ for more than 15 years will share some history of the music and tell you about the five instruments in most zydeco bands. If the night is right, you’ll experience the music and learn the basic steps at one of the many zydeco venues where everyone who is friendly is welcome