FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2022
University of Houston
University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern
College of the Arts School of Theater & Dance presents
Ensemble Dance Works
April 29–May 1, 2022
Houston, TX — University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts School of Theater & Dance (SoTD) presents its annual spring dance concert, Ensemble Dance Works, at Lyndall Finley Wortham Theater on the UH Central Campus on April 29-May 1, 2022. Ensemble Dance Works features works choreographed by the UH dance program faculty and guest choreographers, performed by the UH Dance Ensemble and guest performers. Choreographers include John Beasant III, Jacqueline Bobet, Teresa Chapman, Becky Valls, Toni Valle and guest artists Tislarm Bouie and Cory Thaxton.
John Beasant III is an American choreographer of Colombian descent and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, he is an M.F.A. graduate of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beasant’s choreography has been commissioned by various companies and universities across the globe; two credits include the Compañia de Cámera Danza (UNA) of Costa Rica and the Juilliard School for the Performing Arts. He has made dances, taught, and performed throughout the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Jacqueline Bobet teaches modern dance technique at the University of Houston, as well as an online dance appreciation course which she co-developed. Bobet is an independent choreographer/performer who has presented choreography at the Wortham Theater in downtown Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, Rice, University of Houston, Mount Holyoke College, American College Dance Festivals in New England and Texas, and the Houston Jewish Community Center’s Summer Series. Her performance credits include Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, and Miller Outdoor Theater. In 2015, she produced her first evening-length show called, “Tales from the Nickel,” which premiered in Houston at The Barn. Jacqueline received her B.A. in Dance and Visual Art from Mount Holyoke.
Teresa Chapman is a choreographer, educator, and researcher. As an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Houston, she teaches dance technique, dance kinesiology, and pedagogy. Her professional career as a dancer began with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Teresa’s work has been presented at Contemporary Art Museum Houston, DiverseWorks Art Space, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Moore’s Opera House, MATCH, The Barn Theater, the Kaplin Theater, and the Cunningham Studios in New York City. She has received funding from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, and Houston Arts Alliance. Chapman received her M.F.A. from California State, Long Beach.
Becky Valls, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Houston, teaches dance education, dance history, arts-integration, and modern dance technique. From 2007-2015, Valls choreographed a series of evening-length works titled "Memoirs of the Sistahood" with sculptor Babette Beaullieu of New Orleans and film maker Deborah Schildt of Anchorage that were performed in Houston, New Orleans, and Chicago. Her solo "Red Square" has been performed by Teresa Chapman and Valls in Phoenix, Chicago, New York City, Houston, and the Smithsonian Museum in collaboration with UH engineer Dr. Contreras–Vidal. Valls’ research involves the integration of the arts into academic curriculum, and in 2019, her research article, “Five Years of Integrating Science and Dance: A Qualitative Inquiry of Constructivist Elementary School Teachers”, was published in Research in Dance Education Journal. Valls received an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Toni Leago Valle is a Professor of Practice at University of Houston and Artistic Director for 6 Degrees. She is also Company Manager of Karen Stokes Dance. Over her 20-year career, Valle has produced 7 evening-lengths concerts and over 20 smaller repertory works. In 2019, Valle was one of four featured Texas aerialists in Arts and Houston Magazine. Valle is an women’s rights activist and creates politically driven art. In 2018, Valle premiered Never Again, a vaudevillian look at the Texas Legislation, to five standing room only performances. Her company, 6 Degrees, has been a featured performer at the annual Houston Women’s March On event since 2019. Valle has performed with Karen Stokes Dance, Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, Divergence Vocal Theatre, Chapman Dance and Suchu Dance. Valle has been featured in numerous concerts, including Natural Acts in Artificial Water and Open Book, Open House by internationally known choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, and Marta Lichlyter’s A Thin Line as part of the University of Houston’s Choreography in Action series on PBS. For 12 years, Valle served as Project Coordinator of Dance Source Houston, overseeing the production of Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Valle received a B.A. in Dance from University of Houston in 1998. www.6degreesdance.org
Born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Tislarm Bouie attended the Professional Performing Arts School (NYC) and received his B.F.A in Dance from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). His Film/TV credits include In the Heights, Saturday Night Live, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Live from Lincoln Center, and Mrs. America. His theater credits include Gary: a Sequel to Titus Andronicus (Broadway), Carmen (Houston Grand Opera), Blueprint Specials (The Public Theater), and regional productions of Annie, The Bodyguard, and Swing! He danced for Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jon Batiste, Bebe Rexha, Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence Dance Company, and Norwegian Cruise Line. His print and commercial credits include Vogue, Estèe Lauder, Dior, Cadillac, Toyota, Samsung, and Champ Sports. As a choreographer Tislarm’s work has been featured in Dance Magazine, Brooklyn Dance Festival, New York Theater Barn, Young Choreographers Festival, Ars Nova, and MonetXchange. This spring he will be choreographing “The Wiz” directed by Zhailon Levingston at The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati. He is the founder and CEO of production company Planet Bouie.
Cory Thaxton is from Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended The University of Louisiana Monroe. He received a B.A. in Journalism in 2018. Cory is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Division of Research at The University of Houston. He is 27-years-old and has been dancing for over 10 years. He specializes in Jazz, Musical theater, Jazz funk and Contemporary. Ever since Cory was little, he’s always loved the arts. Although he played baseball and basketball, song and dance were where his heart lied. It wasn’t until his freshman year of high school that he learned how much of a passion for dance he had. He joined his local community theater and fell in love with performing.
University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts School of Theater & Dance presents Ensemble Dance Works on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:30pm., Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 1:30pm., at Lyndall Finley Wortham Theater on the UH Central Campus, 3351 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased at https://kgmcaboxofficetheatredance.universitytickets.com/?cid=167 or at (713)743-3388. For more information, contact Toni Valle at (713)409-2838 or visit http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//theatre-and-dance/.