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Mind the Gap XXIX

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Tuesday, Mar. 19 7:30 PM

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Dance Source Houston presents the 29th edition of Mind The Gap, an evening of works by local choreographers and companies, including Jai Alexander / choreobyjai, Keeley Dunnam Dance, Persi Mey, Sara Draper, Shruthi Mohankumar, and Steps For Dancing. The program will feature Bharatanatyam, contemporary, Kathak, and modern dance works created and performed by dance artists based in the Greater Houston area.

Mind The Gap was created in partnership with MATCH to support independent choreographers and small dance companies in presenting their work. The program offers participants high production value, low administrative burden, shared ticket income, and production and audience development support. Begun in January 2017, Mind The Gap has featured works by more than 120 local dancemakers to date, providing opportunities for dancemakers and connecting audiences with new dance experiences.

Meet The Choreographers

Jai Alexander is a contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Houston, Texas. He is inspired by rollercoaster rides and movement that resonates with the body. As he continuously strives to amplify his style, technique, and knowledge of dance. He has acquired an Associate of Arts in Dance at Houston Community College and is currently studying at Lamar University. He has worked with choreographers: Cynthia Garcia, Maggie Lasher, Shani Diabouf, Amy Elizabeth, Dorianne Castillo, Jennifer Salter, Amy Wright, and Lou Arrington.

Keeley Dunnam received her M.F.A at Sam Houston State University in 2022, and her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2018. Keeley has performed with companies Company XV, Pilot Dance Project, PDC Works, AmpDance, and Impulse Dance Project. Her work, “NArrow is the Way” was showcased in imPULSE Dance Project’s annual summer show in 2018, “Same but Different but Same" was showcased in Mind the Gap in 2022, and “Interrealational Transactions” premiered in Mind the Gap 2023. Keeley was named Artist in Residence by Dance Source Houston for the 2022-23 year and produced and eighteen-minute-long group piece called “Into the Shimmer” for the Barnstorm Dance Festival in 2023. She was also awarded Artist in Residency by Fresh Arts in the STARS program for the month of August 2023.  Keeley continues to focus her choreographic works towards building community by using movement as a means of communication, and to create meaningful interactions between art and the public.

Persi Mey is originally from Clawson, Michigan and relocated to Houston in 2022 after spending a couple of years in Kansas City, Missouri. They received their BFA in Contemporary Dance from Indiana University ‘20. During their undergrad, they also had the opportunity to spend a year studying on scholarship at The Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Persi creates movement for both stage and film; Notably having had their work shown at the Blaffer Museum in Houston, the Tanzahoi Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and the Barciff Indie Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Currently, they are making new works as a resident artist at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center with hopes to continue to reach audiences in Houston and beyond. 

Sara Draper is a Houston-based dance artist/educator. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Houston where she also earned a Minor in Dance. Her work history includes multiple dance disciplines, performing, teaching, choreographing, writing, directing a modern dance company, and running a dance business. She enjoys collaborating with fellow artists, and has worked with opera singers as a movement instructor and choreographer. Recognition for Sara’s choreography includes multiple grants from Houston Arts Alliance, a DiverseWorks Residency, and the 1995-96 Cultural Arts Council of Houston Creative Artist Award for her previous choreography. Outside of Houston, her work has been performed in D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, and Louisiana. “Wait…What?” is Sara’s first work she brings to the stage in a decade.  While having continued as a dance educator, she is now re-starting her choreographic and artistic career with a new focus and fresh vision.

Shruthi Mohankumar is a Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer based in Houston, Texas. Currently receiving training from Dr. Rathna Kumar, Artistic Director of the Anjali Center for Performing Arts, she has 16+ years of experience performing in front of large audiences, creating unique choreographies, and delivering private dance training. She balances her time between practicing the art and her profession, where she works full-time as a senior electronics research and development engineer. 

Steps For Dancing is a dance school in Houston which has been leading the way from 2018 by Dolly Goyal, a passionate dancer and teacher who wanted to share her love for Indian Culture and art with the community. Steps for Dancing caters to different age groups and level of dance enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced learners. Steps for Dancing aims to provide quality education and training in Indian classical and contemporary dance forms. It also strives to promote cultural awareness and appreciation among the diverse population of Houston. Quench your thirst for Indian classical dance form Kathak or the colors of Bollywood dancing with Steps for Dancing.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 at 7:30 PM

Approximately one hour

$15 to $35

Ticketed income is equally split between the choreographers. Your ticket purchase, at any level, increases the amount of funds available to be redistributed directly to the artists.

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