The Dance Ensemble is the University of Houston’s pre-professional performing dance company. Formed in 1992, the Dance Ensemble offers students the opportunity to practice performance skills, challenging them technically and physically. Under the direction of Teresa Chapman, these student dancers rehearse a minimum of eleven hours a week, preparing for numerous performances held throughout the year. The repertory consists of a variety of dances from environmental pieces to stage productions.
Each year, the Dance Ensemble performs site-specific works on campus and in the community. The Renegade Project of 2005 brought dance to four different outdoor locations around campus. Annual collaborations with the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston celebrate contemporary composers by presenting an evening of live music and dance at the Moores Opera House. In the 08-09 season, additional performances are scheduled for unique locations such as the Blaffer Gallery Art Museum and Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.
In addition to their exceptional performance abilities, some members of the Dance Ensemble are also aspiring choreographers. In the past, student works have received high honors and have been chosen for the American College Dance Festival’s national conventions. The Dance Ensemble has also appeared as the guest artists of local professional dance companies and many graduates have gone on to perform in professional companies throughout the country.