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International Dance Company

The Texas Woman's University International Dance Company (IDC), organized in 1978 by Professor Gladys Keeton, performs for elementary and secondary schools, on college and university campuses, at conventions, in concerts, and for numerous civic and community organizations. IDC has performed both throughout the DFW area and nationally. The programs include formal concerts, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and informal demonstrations with audience participation and are entertaining and educational for all ages.  

The International Dance Company offers diversity in its repertoire, which includes dances representative of the United States, several regions in Mexico, Middle Eastern countries, Spain, Africa, Ireland, Russia, Lithuania and Taiwan with new dances added each year.  Authentic costumes and music have been designed for each dance and add to the cultural understanding of each country's folklore.

The TWU International Dance Company is spectacular and offers a world-class performance for the students in Texarkana -- Charlotte Smelser, ArtsSmart Director, Texarkana Regional Arts Council

For more information about IDC contact Dr. Rosemary Candelario.


Inaugurated in 1995, DanceWorks is our student repertory company.  Selected by audition, students involved in DanceWorks have the opportunity to immerse themselves in community service projects, including the annual lecture demonstration, KidsDance, as well as performing regionally and nationally in work created by guest artists.  A performance by DanceWorks at the South Central Regional American College Dance Festival (February 2009) received this review:

Texas Woman’s University’s “From Out of Nowhere” (choreographed by guest artist Mark Dendy) was a feast for the eyes... dancers exploded onto the stage with sweeping chassés, jétés and pirouettes, and never stopped moving...Their dedication to the movements was inspiring... [they] more than performed the piece; they lived it... left the audience breathless and wanting more.  -Danielle Marie Georgiou, KERA Art and Seek Blog


DanceLab, initiated in 2006, is an ongoing weekly dance laboratory involving a core group committed to experimentation in dance-making. The group explores a variety of approaches including contact improvisation, authentic movement, and various systems of ensemble improvisation. DanceLab creates performances for alternative local venues and the TWU concert series, collaborates with musicians, performs outreach activities and hosts a weekly dance improvisation jam. The purpose of DanceLab is to encourage a community of independent dance artists, to develop improvisation as a form of performance and to provide opportunity for students curious about making and performing dance through improvisation.

For information about DanceLab contact Jordan Fuchs or Sarah Gamblin.

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