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.
4. Rebecca French of FrenetiCore Fearless Dance Theater
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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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