100 Creatives: Dawn Dippel

"Wake" 2010
What she does: When Dawn Dippel was 7 years old, her mother was advised to enroll her in dance class to help remedy a condition with her feet. The moment Dippel started tap dancing she was hooked.

These days Dippel is an instructor at North Harris Performing Arts Dance Company for children between 7-19 years old. She is also one of seven founding members and Co-Director of The Revolve Dance Company. Revolve was founded in 2004 as a means for the instructors to break out of the teaching routine and focus on maintaining their own outlet for dancing.

"There is never-ending growth as an artist," she says "The art world is always pushed to the limit."

The dancers have been trained in an array of styles, she explains. While some of the dancing is more modern they do emphasize jazz and tap as well. Revolve's performances are known for their precision and technique.

Why she likes it: From a young age, Dippel knew dancing is what she wanted to do with her life. The inner connections of the mind, body and soul enrich her, Dippel says.

She's also been enriched by her friendship with the other founders of Revolve, with whom she has worked with for more than 10 years.

Anyone who works with children knows from time to time they can suck the life out of an adult, but Dippel doesn't feel that way.

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"Working with kids, seeing their excitement, remotivates you," Dippel says.

In fact, that dedication to students is part of the reason the instructors created Revolve. Dippel explains that some of the older NHPA students who start attending college and don't necessarily want to leave dancing behind, have the option of becoming a member of Revolve. Dippel believes that students 15-19 years old can learn valuable teaching and professional skills by encouraging them to help mentor younger students at NHPA.

If not Houston, then where? Dippel has previously toured with the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. She spent six weeks in Chicago as a performer in The Nutcracker. Her touring stints have never been anything long term.

In the first year of its creation Revolve had traveled to Italy to perform in a festival. But Revolve is not going anywhere in the immediate future. Due to time constraints of operating the studios, Revolve doesn't get the opportunity to participate in other festivals. However, that is okay with Dippel. She feels that Houston is a great home base for their dance companies.

"There's so much art and versatility [in Houston], it's a good mix," she says.

What's next: Revolve's next show will be introducing new works on November 4, 5 and 6 at Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston.

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