University of Houston Dance
University of Houston Dance

September 25, 2019
CONTACT: Toni Valle
(713) 409-2838

University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
School of Theatre & Dance 2019 Dance Highlights

Houston, TX. - University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts School of Theatre & Dance (SoTD) presents its 2019 Dance Highlights. For 2019, the UH Dance Program received national recognition, is premiering "Emerging Choreographers Showcase" in Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for the first time and is introducing new faculty positions, internships and partnerships with the professional dance community. 

UH Dance Recognized Nationally in Top 30 Dance Schools

"OnStage Blog" selected the UH Dance Program as one of the top 30 schools nationally for dance in 2019, based on its unique networking with professionals and in-the-field training for a professional career in dance: “The Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020” 
UH Dance Program Faculty Publications
This summer, two faculty members published writings in dance. Dance Director Karen Stokes published “Valuing Dance: A Response and a Reflection” in response to David Dorfman’s article, “Is Dance Underfunded Because It’s Undervalued” in Dance Magazine.

UH Dance Professor Becky Valls published her research on arts integration in elementary classrooms: “Five Years of Integrating Science and Dance: A Qualitative Inquiry of Constructivist Elementary School Teachers” in Research in Dance Education, an international journal.
UH Dance Program announces "Emerging Choreographers Showcase" at Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - the only college concert produced and choreographed by students in a professional setting.
University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern School of Theatre & Dance premieres "Emerging Choreographers Showcase" Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, in the heart of downtown’s Theatre District. "Emerging Choreographers Showcase" is the only college concert that is fully produced and designed by current School of Theatre & Dance students in a professional setting, as they prepare for a career in the arts.  Featuring works by up-and-coming dancers, audiences get a sneak peek into the dancers of the future. Tickets are $20 Adult / $15 Senior / $10 Student and can be purchased at 713-315-2525 or For more information, contact Toni Valle at (713) 409-2838 or visit  Video:
UH Dance Program Welcomes Two New Faculty Positions
The UH Dance Program welcomes two new positions in the faculty department, Toni Valle as a full time professor of practice and Jacqueline Bobet as recruitment director for dance. Valle continues her work as production and marketing faculty for the Dance Program, as well as leading the new initiative in Houston dance internships within the B.F.A. in Dance. Bobet is expanding the recruitment and heightening visibility for the Dance Program.
UH Dance Program Partners with the Houston Dance Community
Partnership with Young Audiences/Arts Learning Lab

In 2018, the UH Dance Program in Partnership with Young Audiences of Houston began a new continuing education program, "Arts for Learning Lab."  Developed by dance faculty Becky Valls and Sophia Torres, it is a 45-hour certificate program that gives professional development to professional artists and classroom teachers in arts integration, providing classroom instruction and field experiences. The program is housed in UH's Center for Arts & Social Engagement in the College of the Arts.
Partnership with National and Local Artists

UH Dance hosts its second Friday Dance Master Class Series, a weekly master class for SoTD dance students featuring nationally recognized professional artists: Keith Cross, Ben Doleny, Roderick George, Millie Heckler, Tracie Jackson, Lindsey McGill, Catherine Turocy, Sandra Organ and Connor Walsh. The Master Class Series fosters relationships between professional artists and dance students in a technique setting.
Professional Internships with Local Dance Companies

The B.F.A. is piloting a new intern partnership program with professionals in the Houston dance community. The internship provides hands-on guidance and training in administration, marketing, production, teaching, and understudying of company members with the goal of preparing dancers for the professional dance market and bridging the gap between academia and professional circles.   Hopestone Dance/Artistic Director Jane Weiner will be the first recipient of an internship in the spring of 2020.

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