Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Choreographers


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6. Michele Brangwen of Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble

Checking in the No. 6 spot is Michele Brangwen, who splits her time between Houston and New York. A choreographer/dancer/filmmaker Brangwen often collaborates with other artists including frequent partner composer Thomas Helton. She one of Houston's leaders of dance on film and produces ArtCast, an Internet television series that explores performance and dance.

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5. Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble of NobleMotion Dance

Partners on and off stage, Andy and Dionne Sparkman Noble make dance and they make dancers. Both are educators with the prestigious Sam Houston State University dance program. With NobleMotion, the two present five to six productions a year. Coming up next for the group is NobleMotion Unplugged, a no-frills evening featuring local music group Musiqa. The program is set for March.

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4. Rebecca French of FrenetiCore Fearless Dance Theater

Rebecca French has one handicap as a choreographer: she's mesmerizing onstage. During a recent performance of there is no answer as to why me: A Dance Tribute to David Rakoff, we found ourselves repeatedly staring at French, even though everyone in the troupe was performing well. Her company, FrenetiCore Fearless Dance Theater, is aptly named. French is fearless in her approach to creating dance. In her approach to creating all art, actually. French is the head of Frenetic Theater where she hosts an annual Fringe Festival, an artist-in-residence program, outreach and classes for neighborhood children and provides space to a variety of theater and dance groups.

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info3317
info3317

And I would add Harrison Guy of Urban Souls as well as Randall Flinn of AdDeum Dance. Both are great choreographers with very strong dance companies.

info3317
info3317

I would add Maggie Lasher of China Cat Dance. Her company regularly performs fire dance, and her last show had gorgeous costumes made from colored trash bags!

Jacqueline Nalett
Jacqueline Nalett

Add to list? Becky Valls, Harrison Guy, Jacqueline Nalett, Teresa Chapman, Toni Valle

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

I don't think any of the folks mentioned have had sold out shows in NYC the way Dominic has. Perhaps I don't get the critieria.

Olivia Online
Olivia Online

I wish we could have done a top 20 list, there are certainly enough choreographers out there doing good work that deserve recognition. (Dominic Walsh is a personal fave.) 




jenni.rebecca
jenni.rebecca

 I appreciate that HP has created this list-- hooray for all those recognized! But I'd agree with the other commenters: I'd expand the list to include Dominic Walsh, Lydia Hance, Jennifer Wood, and Amy Ell.  

Abby
Abby

No Lydia Hance? 

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