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Framing Dance: A Discovery Series

Tuesday, February 06
9:30AM - 11:30AM

800 Bagby
Houston, Texas 77002

Karen Stokes Dance presents Framing Dance: A Discovery Series.  February 6 – 8, 2018, at 9:30am and 11:30am each day.

Developed for grades 2 through 6, Framing Dance is a special field trip experience into the world of contemporary dance, with additional in-school workshops available as well as a 25-page curriculum packet for teachers.  Framing Dance explores dances that tell stories, and dances that do not tell stories.

It is free, but reservations are required. School buses and student ticket cost provided at no cost to schools.  Limited space, so book early if possible!

For further information and to reserve tickets, please contact Annalisa Minnitti at the Hobby Center:  713-315-2428 or

Special thanks to our awesome partners, The Hobby Center for Performing Arts Discovery Series and Young Audiences of Houston.

This program is supported in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.


Framing Dance was created in 2007 by Karen Stokes at the request of the Hobby Center’s Discovery Series.   In 2010, Framing Dance was accepted as a special program partner with Young Audiences of Houston.  Since 2010, this program has been fully booked with over 2500 students participating annually.  KSD has served over 20,000 students in the greater Houston area since the inception of the program.

In Framing Dance students investigate dance, answering the question “What does it mean?” Using storytelling as the launching pad, the students take a journey that starts with a story of Cinderella and ends in the abstract world of contemporary dance. Through viewing dance in a polished theater setting, students engage their own imaginations by considering the meaning of dance through live performances by Karen Stokes Dance. Students have the opportunity to discuss their reactions with the company members, as well as to join the dancers on stage in a performance. Framing Dance impacts art appreciation as the fundamental concepts can be adapted to music, visual art, and theatre.

Framing Dance is an exciting and unique multi-media, interactive event that includes projections, performances by the company, narration by company director Karen Stokes, and an on-stage experimental event with the students.

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