Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2016
TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as dance and music artists to share, inspire, and challenge our improvising arts community. This year's host is Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance (with festival coordinaton by Erin Reck) featuring Guest Artist is Amii LeGendre.
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WHAT: Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2016
WHEN: October 13-15, 2016
Thursday evening opening jam…Friday classes all day and evening jam…Saturday classes all day, evening performance, and closing jam/reception
WHERE: Sam Houston State University’s Department of Dance, The Gaertner Performing Arts Complex, 815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340.
HOW: To continue to make TDIF affordable for everyone who would like to attend, we are continuing to offer a low cost registration fee of $10 with an option to give more. All of the work and the space is donated, so your fee goes directly to supporting the teaching and performing artists.
To Register please click here.
Registration deadline is September 1st, 2016.
Registrations after the deadline are welcomed depending on availability. If you find that you cannot attend, please do cancel your non-refundable reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Teachers, Performers, Musicians!
We encourage you to apply to teach a class, present a piece, or play music for classes and jams.
To Apply please click here.
The 2016 TDIF Coordinating Committee is comprised of: Diane Cahill Bedford, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, Whitney Geldon, Nina Martin, Westin Portillo, Erin Reck, Lily Sloan, John Stronks, and Jane Weiner.
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2015
Texas Woman's University is excited to host the 7th Annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF) featuring Guest Artist Darrell Jones! TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as dance/music artists to share, inspire and challenge our improvising arts community.
The festival will take place on the Denton campus of TWU October 8-10, 2015.
Whether working as a performer, collaborator or choreographer, ideas investigated through the physical instrument is an essential part of Darrell Jones’ artistic practice.
Embodied research is his focus.
Darrell has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka and Ralph Lemon. Along with performing, he continues to research and teach. He has collaborated with writers, musicians and designers in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work, he continues to work in solo forms and with ensembles.
Texas Dance Improvisational Festival 2014
TDIF 2014 will be held at Sam Houston State University, October 2-4, 2014, hosted by Erin Reck and will feature Lisa Nelson as the guest artist!
Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the early '70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls Tuning Scores. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal since 1977. She lives in Vermont.
Website, registration details, and call for teachers and performers coming soon!
See the TDIF Facebook page and this Dance-Tech TV interview for more information on the festival and the guest artist.
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2013
Texas State University Theatre & Dance Department will be hosting the 5th Annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF) with Keith Hennessy on October 3rd-5th, 2013. Coordinating the festival are Senior Lecturer Pat Stone and assistants Brandon Gonzalez and Jade Devault.
TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as dance/music artists to share, inspire and challenge our improvising arts community.
The festival opens with a Thursday night jam from 6:30-10 P.M., followed by two days of classes, performances, and jams with well-known teachers from Texas and beyond. Saturday night will feature performances by Keith Hennessy and festival faculty at 7 P.M., followed by a jam from 9-12 P.M. The festival will be held at Jowers Center, Jowers Road, San Marcos, TX 78666. Registration for the festival is $10 and provides participants access to all the classes and performances.
Please register by September 9th so that attendance at the festival can be calculated accurately. Registrations after the deadline are welcomed depending on availability. If you find that you cannot attend please do cancel your reservation by emailing email@example.com.
Additional information on Facebook.
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2012
The fourth annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival takes place October 4-6 in Fort Worth, TX at Texas Christian University.
"This year’s featured guest artist is Ray Chung, a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist, whose dancemaking is focused in improvisational methods. Chung is a master teacher of Contact Improvisation with an international reputation.
The festival opens with a Thursday night jam from 6-10 P.M., followed by two days of classes, performances, and jams with well-known teachers from Texas and beyond. Saturday night will feature performances by Chung and festival faculty at 7 P.M., followed by a jam from 9-12 P.M. The festival will be held at Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 South University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76129. Registration for the festival is $10 and provides participants access to all the classes and performances, $5 for those only attending the performance or a jam. Fees will be collected at the door. (Registration will be open soon.)"
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2011
The third annual Texas Dance Improvisation Dance Festival 2011 takes place October 6-8 in San Antonio, TX at the Northwest Vista College Dance Program. Facilitated by Jayne King, the festival features two days of classes, jams, panels, a Saturday evening performance and guest artist Kirstie Simson. For more information and to register by the September 19 deadline, visit http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/programs/dance/tdif/default.htm.
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2010
The Texas Dance Improvisation Dance Festival 2010 was October 7-9 in Houston, TX hosted by Leslie Scates and Rosie Trump of the Rice University Dance Program. The festival featured two days of classes, three jams, panel discussions, a Saturday evening performance at Barnevelder Movement Art Complex in downtown Houston and guest artist Los Angeles-based choreographer/performer and dance community activist, Meg Wolfe.
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival 2009
Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance hosted the first Texas Dance Improvisation Festival on October 9-11, 2009. The festival, facilitated by Profs. Jordan Fuchs and Sarah Gamblin, was an opportunity to celebrate improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, by coming together as a community of dance artists to share, inspire and challenge.
More than a 115 students, faculty and professionals attended the festival from Austin, Northwest Vista College - San Antonio, Rice University - Houston, Richland College - Dallas, Texas Christian University, Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas, and the University of Texas - El Paso.
Classes were taught by guest artist K.J. Holmes from New York City and by Texas- based dance artists Nina Martin, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, Ellie Leonhardt, Emily Morgan, Leslie Scates and Lauren Tietz.
The festival included three wonderful jams bringing together 60-70 dancers each night with improvisational musicians from the TWU Department of Dance, UNT and the Denton community.
Saturday night featured a performance of improvisational dances by Pat Stone, Claudia Queen, K.J. Holmes, Leslie Scates, and Brandon Gonzalez, and concluded with a scored dance by Nina Martin for the festival faculty titled And Go.
The festival was a great success with many wonderful memories, images, insights, new friends and colleagues, as well as an expanded and strengthened network of dance improvisers.
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