Dance Salad Festival in Houston
The music crescendos, the costumes sparkle, and the dancers speak to the audience through movement during the Dance Salad Festival, a week-long, international performing arts event in Houston. The best dancers from across the globe come together in this showcase of critically-acclaimed choreography. Each spring, the festival gathers the top echelon of dance companies to entertain audiences and to share their culture. Past performers include the Queensland Ballet from Australia, the Norwegian National Ballet, Bereishit Dance Company of South Korea, and Spellbound Contemporary Ballet from Rome, among others.
This year's festival boasts an exciting line-up that includes some of the best dancers in the world. Don't miss performances by the Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm); Ballett Zürich (Switzerland); Semperoper Ballett Dresden (Germany); Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome); Norwegian National Ballet; Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada (Toronto); ODC (San Francisco); Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany); and Friedmann Vogel, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet (Germany) performing Maurice Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer.
Nancy Henderek directs the Dance Salad Festival with the belief that art connects cultures and countries. Each production is carefully curated to have a cohesive motif, which is most apparent if you attend more than one night of the festival. Dance genres range from hip-hop and ballet to Cirque du Soleil-style. Below is a summary of what to expect when you attend this Houston dance festival.
Experience Another Culture Through Dance Performances
The dancers and choreographers of the Dance Salad Festival are among the best in the world. This Houston festival packs some serious talent into a week. Choreographers and dancers travel from places like Belgium, Munich, and Rome, as well as domestic companies headquartered in New York City and Philadelphia. As television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing with the Stars” have become more and more popular, dance festivals are pressed to bring performers who take the audiences’ breath away. Dance is an international language, and the Dance Salad Festival provides a conversation with other cultures.
Participate in the Community Programs & Partner Events
Along with the three evenings of performances, the Dance Salad Festival presents events throughout the community to bring performances to a wider audience. Past events include choreographer forums, student programs, and artist to artist workshops. These are great opportunities for you to gain valuable insight to the choreographers’ creative process and the relationship between dance and culture.
This dance festival occurs each spring in Houston, so be sure to check the exact dates when you’re planning your trip to Space City. This is one festival you won’t want to miss!